Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

The Brothers Grossbart is a creation that resembles the fruit of the effort of collaboration between Tarantino, Brothers Grimm, Hieronymus Bosch, Cormac McCarthy Evil Dead era Sam Raimi, Angela Carter, Edward Gorey and Barbara Tuchman. Fairy Tale, gritty medieval tale, splatterpunk, creepy horror (there are some very scary moments), gross out humor, and real life disasters (Black Death, Jewish Pogroms, and the pillage of Alexandria), carnivalesque bizarreness coalesce in a book quite unlike much else. Some issues like the quick switching of viewpoints and overlong chapters could be cleared up with some different formatting.

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