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Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

by Alberto Manguel Yale University Press
Pub Date:
07/2019
ISBN:
9780300247381
Format:
Hbk 256 pages
Price:
AU$36.99 NZ$38.25
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Charmingly written in his signature engaging erudite style, Alberto Manguel examines how literary characters can have changing identities, and can suddenly shift from behind their conventional stories to teach us about the complexities of love, loss, and life.


 


In this personal reckoning with his favorite characters, including Jim from Huckleberry Finn, Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye, Job and Jonah from the Bible, Quasimodo, the Hippogriff, Little Red Riding Hood, Captain Nemo, Hamlet’s mother, and Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, the author shares his unique powers as a reader, encouraging us to establish our own unique literary relationships. An intimate introduction and Manguel’s own “doodles” complete this delightfully magical book.
“In Fabulous Monsters, Alberto Manguel argues that imaginary characters portray our own lives. Yes, we say, this is how we are, this is what we do to one another, this is true. That, perhaps, is where literature can help most.”—Salman Rushdie
Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor, and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader. His previous books include The Library at Night and Packing My Library. Born in Buenos Aires, he now lives in New York City.