- By Edward Gorey

The Sopping Thursday

  • Title: The Sopping Thursday
  • Author: Edward Gorey
  • ISBN: 9780884961765
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sopping Thursday An umbrella is missing A man is distressed A thief scampers over rooftops A child is in danger A harangued salesclerk weeps A dog save the day The intriguing story of The Sopping Thursday is unlike an

    An umbrella is missing A man is distressed A thief scampers over rooftops A child is in danger A harangued salesclerk weeps A dog save the day.The intriguing story of The Sopping Thursday is unlike any other Edward Gorey book, both because of its unique gray and black illustrations and because it has a happy ending if one is to dismiss any worry about the child featuAn umbrella is missing A man is distressed A thief scampers over rooftops A child is in danger A harangued salesclerk weeps A dog save the day.The intriguing story of The Sopping Thursday is unlike any other Edward Gorey book, both because of its unique gray and black illustrations and because it has a happy ending if one is to dismiss any worry about the child featured in the last frame In just thirty images and thirty short lines of text, Gorey manages to create a complex tableau of characters and a plot worthy of film noir.

    1 thought on “The Sopping Thursday

    1. this book reads like a dare or a challenge: can you, edward gorey, write and illustrate a book in which a man loses an umbrella, another man tries to buy an umbrella but is dissatisfied with his options, various people discuss the likelihood of rain in the coming days, etc. and still make people wanna read it? edward gorey rises to the challenge! it's not my favorite of his books, but considering it's not a narrative so much as "some things that are happening on a rainy day from a variety of per [...]

    2. Gorey's drawings never disappoint! . Understanding that this is a funny matter of chances amongst a group of people during a rainy day, you shouldn't expect a coherent storyline. Just some light hearted fun. :)

    3. A city. It starts to rain. Some people stand in the rain with umbrellas. Some don't. A dog talks, a baby wanders away from its mother (and is found without harm pages later), and someone is trying to buy an umbrella. Mundane talk about rain. That about sums up this book. It's format is one page of illustration, the opposite page has a single sentence. It can be "read" in a minute maybe and the drawings are unmistakably Gorey's but aren't particularly interesting or show his ability. I don't unde [...]

    4. A big Gorey fan, I found this book to be one of my favorites. The awesome gray-scale drawings and the incredible Gorey text make this one a keeper! Of course, Bruno the dog saves the day! This quirky little story puts a Gorey smile on my face!

    5. The Sopping Thursday is basically a series of jokes about umbrellas malfunctioning or being misplaced in the midst of a raging downpour. It's sparsely written, visually very funny and probably has the closest thing you'll ever get to a happy ending in a Gorey book.

    6. Follows a typical course for an Edward Gorey story, the heroine of an inconsequential matter is not a human. In fact, often the animals, monsters and fictional creatures act better and with more sense than the humans do.

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