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Rachel Ingalls (1940–2019)

Teoksen Mrs. Caliban tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Rachel Holmes Ingalls was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 13, 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in languages from Radcliffe in 1962. She moved to London in 1965. Her first book, Theft, was published in 1970 and received the Authors' Club First Novel Award. Her other books included Mrs. näytä lisää Caliban and Binstead's Safari. She died from myeloma on March 6, 2019 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Mrs. Caliban (1983) 727 kappaletta, 37 arvostelua
Binstead's Safari (1983) 91 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The End of Tragedy (1987) 50 kappaletta
I See a Long Journey (1985) 46 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Pearlkillers: Four Novellas (1986) 43 kappaletta
In the Act (2023) 42 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Times Like These (2005) 33 kappaletta
Be My Guest (1992) 27 kappaletta
Something to Write Home About (1988) 26 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Mrs Caliban and Other Stories (1993) 18 kappaletta
Days Like Today (2000) 15 kappaletta
Four Stories (1987) 14 kappaletta
Theft (1970) 13 kappaletta
Three of a Kind (1985) 10 kappaletta
Mrs Caliban and Others (1983) 10 kappaletta
Black Diamond (1992) 10 kappaletta
Theft & The Man Who Was Left Behind (1970) 5 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Mediterranean Cruise (1973) 4 kappaletta
In flagranti: Erzählungen (1992) 1 kappale

Associated Works

McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Avustaja — 338 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta

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Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls is a peculiar story whose plot concerns a lonely housewife who finds comfort and companionship with an amphibious sea monster named Larry. I was surprised to find that the story was originally published in 1982 and has been re-issued as it certainly felt and read as being very current.

Dorothy and Fred are a miserable couple, they have suffered through the loss of their child and Fred’s infidelities. Dorothy feels very cut off from everyone and is now starting to hear “special” messages directed at her from the radio. When a giant frog-like male creature wanders into her kitchen she finds comfort, love and sexual fulfillment. She decides to help Larry to return to his home as he has been terribly mistreated at the research institute that he escaped from.

I puzzled over how to classify this surreal and compelling book. Magical realism? An Allegory? A fantasy? I settled on satire as it’s themes and issues were a tongue-in-cheek look at gender politics, mental health issues, and what it means to be human. I can’t say that I totally loved Mrs. Caliban as I found it to be quite melodramatic and over-the-top, but at a little over a hundred pages this is a quick, witty and intriguing story.
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DeltaQueen50 | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 6, 2024 |
Down with the Patriarchy. A lark!
I may have to read all of these Storybook titles from New Directions.
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featherbooks | 1 muu arvostelu | May 7, 2024 |
I sort of hesitated between 3 or 4 stars. Basically I liked it quite a lot all the way to the ending, I recognised the ending is the "correct" ending structurally and everything... but I still wanted a different ending, and not just cause it's sad.

Like, if you have the courage to write a book about a woman's relationship with a frog person, you've got to see it through. Don't end it on the frogman disappearing from her life because it's very appropriately parallel with her relationship with her husband and he disappears at the moment she's emotionally affected by her husband more than frogman Yes, that works literarily, but why the hell not go further? Just have the frogman live with her forever. Or have a coda where she takes him back to his home, even if it's still sad because her husband's death estranged her from frogman. Just. Justice for frogman Frogman had a story too, and he deserved an ending.

But again... it feels like the "right" ending, structurally. I expected it. And there's depth to it - the language and image links back to other parts of Dorothy's life discussed in the book (most notably her dead dog Bingo). Like I know it's right, that it's a well written ending... but still. There's a childish part of me that wanted to see the frogman more. I mean. In a way I guess that's the point. Agh. I guess it's probably a 4, really.
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tombomp | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Unique story of an unhappy marriage. A wife falls in love with a (self created?) creature to replace her husband. Interestingly, the creature disappears the moment the husbands dies.
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ghefferon | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 23, 2023 |



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