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In a Shallow Grave A soldier named Garnet Montrose returns home to coastal Virginia bearing a grotesque injury which is nauseatingly repellent to anyone who sees him He hires two young male caretakers, Quintus Pearch and Potter Daventry, who look after his disability They also act as a go between with Garnet s childhood sweetheart, now the widow Georgina Rance, delivering her messages in a desperate attempt to restart their interrupted relationshipWith vivid Gothic imagery and drama, Purdy explores the varieties of love and the powerful transformations it can make in anyone s life Readers will not soon forget Garnet, Quintus, and Daventry for the genuine human love that they share and reject and how they discover their way in the world


10 thoughts on “In a Shallow Grave

  1. says:

    First published in 1975, this is a masculine gothic romance unlike anything I ve read before Garnet, our leading man, is a war marred soldier who is so disfigured he frightens onlookers and requires the assistance of attractive men to rub circulation into his feet He s also obsessed with a now widowed woman who he had a crush on in high school Over ti


  2. says:

    Unsure whilst reading and now unsure coming out Purdy did his utmost to set me in a world which I can t place or at least I can t place the time His use of language with that mix of old southern boy and the current slips which leave me confused as to when I am It s surreal alright But at the same time amidst all this misty feel of not know exactly wher


  3. says:

    Do I know, really know, what I just read Probably not, but I m super happy I did Of course I m blaming this on Nick And by blame I mean, thank you The best way to experience this tale, and yes, it is an experience, is to inhale it in one go, let it subsume you, and float in James Purdy s mesmerizing language For extra effect, I also chose to read it out


  4. says:

    Five on a scale of five No, 13 on a scale of 10 Imagine the combined spirits of Faulkner and Flannery O Connor on LSD, channeling Rimbaud and Kafka who are trying to outdo each other paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, like jazz musicians trading eights This is the book they would write Layers and layers with surprise after surprise, every idea a


  5. says:

    This video from the movie will give you a good idea of the feelings you ll have reading this strange book It s not at all what I expected from reading other reviews I expected pretension I love me some pretension and lots of wordy words What I got instead was genuine Southern dialogue used to tell a story I have yet to make real sense of I was just mesmer


  6. says:

    This is the perfect book for anyone looking to discover or explore the works of James Purdy In only 140 pages he displays the elements and characteristics of his highly literary writing a mysterious Southern Gothic style, an unconventional narration which stimulates thought, dramatic turns of plot suggesting the supernaturaland a touch of violence If you v


  7. says:

    Garnett Montrose, a horribly disfigured war hero hiring a caregiver to deliver messages and massage his aching scars Not an easy task Until a servant and an applicant settle in and becomethan just hired hands Dancing alone under the globe, unlikely angels and mulberry wine scar tissue I m not entirely sure why I liked this one as much as I did but it was a


  8. says:

    spooky mysterious intense surreal southern gothic like if flannery o connor wrote the book of revelations The little blurbs on the back cover make it sound like the feel good book of the year but this is so much freakier than that.


  9. says:

    This is a novel that demands discussion There is so much going on, so much symbolism I certainly have not figured everything out It s a psychological drama about life and death, love, beauty Read it


  10. says:

    Valancourt has reissued a lot of old Gothic horror books over the last few years, so I ve become a big fan of the stuff they publish, enough so that I ll buy a lot of their reprints sight unseen That was the case with In a Shallow Grave Unfortunately, not all of Valancourt s reprints are hits with me That was also the case with In a Shallow Grave.Most of my fe


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