The Willowdale Handcar

The Willowdale Handcar In this enigmatic surreal wonderfully entertaining tale three mysterious figures set out from Willowdale traveling by handcar On the way to nowhere in particular they pass a number of odd characte

  • Title: The Willowdale Handcar
  • Author: Edward Gorey
  • ISBN: 9780151010356
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this enigmatic, surreal, wonderfully entertaining tale, three mysterious figures set out from Willowdale, traveling by handcar On the way to nowhere in particular they pass a number of odd characters and observe a series of baffling phenomena, from a house burning down in a field to a palatial mansion perched precariously on a bluff.At once deeply vexing and utterly hiIn this enigmatic, surreal, wonderfully entertaining tale, three mysterious figures set out from Willowdale, traveling by handcar On the way to nowhere in particular they pass a number of odd characters and observe a series of baffling phenomena, from a house burning down in a field to a palatial mansion perched precariously on a bluff.At once deeply vexing and utterly hilarious, darkly mysterious and amusingly absurd, The Willowdale Handcar is vintage Edward Gorey.

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    1. deeply vexing, indeed! anyone who tells you, in a review of this book or in smug cocktail party conversation, that the black doll "pops up" or "follows" the characters around portending doom is the worst kind of liar ever. i thought i'd missed something so i dusted off my highlights magazine hidden pictures skills(LOOK, a CANDLE!)and spent half an afternoon where's waldoing each page looking for that damn doll only to come to the conclusion that either these people are goldang liars, or delusion [...]

    2. I like narrative; I like to read and tell stories, both fictional and non-fictional, and have even written a book about its uses (while acknowledging its possible limitations!). I also like artists and theoreticians that seriously and comically question the value of narrative. Think of the film Slackers, which shares anecdotes, but doesn't really create a narrative arc; like its characters, the film goes no where, it is a "slacker" structure, perfect form for its content. Reading these help me s [...]

    3. Mysteriously delicious and dark.Wow. absolutelyout of this world, this story, wonderful black & white drawings, mysterious, weird, surreal, creepyetely 'out of the box' I'm revisiting all the drawings in the book as we speak, book next to me on the couch. Trying to find that black doll outside on the cover, in the inside pages What is this really about. what's the story here It doesn't matter really, every page is a gem and a story in itself. Analysis is useless this is a wonderfully drawn s [...]

    4. Description: Three mysterious figures set out from Willowdale, travelling by handcar. On the way to nowhere in particular they pass a number of odd characters and observe a series of baffling phenomena, from a house burning down in a field to a palatial mansion perched precariously on a bluff.Dedication is:For Lillian GishThis is the opening page.

    5. Three unobservant chums from the turn of the 20th century — Edna, Sam, and Harry — decide on a lark to leave their village of Willowdale and travel the surrounding countryside by handcar. Despite some pretty alarming things going on around them that the reader will pick up on, our clueless trio never becomes alarmed because they never catch on that some pretty nefarious doings are afoot. I guess their cluelessness is supposed to be part of the fun, but I was just befuddled by it all.Still, t [...]

    6. I loved this book. Creepy, weird, and utterly engaging. A short macabre story that is told along with black and white pencil drawings. I'm now hooked on reading many of the other Gorey stories.

    7. This is the one little Gorey book that I own, because I relish the challenge of figuring it out! A strange little puzzle of a tale, "The Willowdale Handcar" enigmatically unfolds a tale of death & tragedy none of which the readers (or the main characters) are able to figure out, as they navigate its outer bounds in a stolen handcar.Ostensibly a macabre sort of travelogue, "handcar" presents us three young folk from the kind of early 20th-century scene that Edward Gorey does so well, who simp [...]

    8. I can't remember if my introduction to Edward Gorey's gothic humor was his animated opening to Mystery! or his illustrations in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (one of my cherished books of poetry). Anyway, I love his books and his art.The back of the book describes The Willowdale Handcar or the Return of the Black Doll thusly: In which three Pilgrims find mystery abort peril and partake of religious community. And the discerning Reader discovers Meaning in their Progress.Who [...]

    9. I've really been neglecting my Edward Gorey books lately. For shame. Edna Harry and Same are out for a stroll one day when they decide to "borrow" an old handcar they find at the railway station.What was supposed to be an afternoon excursion extends into a trip lasting months and months. Bad luck seems to accompany the crew along the way in the form of a mysterious black doll. They come across a house burning down. They hear of a person crushed by a boulder and they rescue a baby hanging from a [...]

    10. What a ramblingly odd little story. I'm not sure that I see the point of it. Three protagonists set off via handcar (how very Victorian), because they think that their lives in Willowdale are just too dull. Little do they realize, but dramatic things are happening all around them! A young woman has run away from her beau, a baby is left on a mail hook, a man is seen lurking at the scene of a previous explosion, and another is seen abandoning himself to the swamp. It is almost a relief when our p [...]

    11. I adore Edward Gorey's small books. I especially love how no attempt is made to explain the morbid bits of his stories and how the characters (usually kids) are delightfully nonplussed by them. His precious expletives (crumbs!) and curious, grotesque art are as delicious together as salty and sweet.The Willowdale Handcar is a great little story of adventure and scandal. Per the usual Gorey story, explanation is withheld, but in a way isn't annoying but fun, like secrets. This story had me imagin [...]

    12. This is a picture book about narrative itself. It was fated that I adore it. Proper review to come.(Reread in Amphigorey; reviewing separately.)

    13. I want to like it. I really do. But, after hours of attempting to find explanations and analyses only to come up with repeated instances of "the story is that there is no story!" I can only be frustrated and angry. How is this author becoming so popular and well-reviewed by creating stories that lack meaning and make no sense?Two stars because I liked the concept at first. I really thought it would be going somewhere, something big would happen, a huge plot twist, SOMETHING.Now, I'm off to attem [...]

    14. "Little Grace Sprocket, playing in a home-made mud puddle, watched them go by with longing",, October 22, 2014This review is from: The Willowdale Handcar: or the Return of the Black Doll (Hardcover)Still a turn-of-the-century setting, but this time most definitely set in USA, this follows three young people who take a handcar for a spin, and their adventures, including a visit to"Edna's cousins, the Zeph Claggs. He showed them a few of the prizes from his collection of over 7,000 glass telephone [...]

    15. This one was actually very interesting. What is really great about this story is the method used to tell the story. At first, the story that seems to be the main plot is not it is actually just Gorey’s plot device. The background elements that seem at first to be just arbitrary goings-on or minor subplots are really the main story, pretty genius. This is a very cool, interesting, and difficult way to present a story. This is definitely one of Gorey’s best. A thought provoking and intelligent [...]

    16. THE WILLOWDALE HANDCAR OR THE RETURN OF THE BLACK DOLL is the full title of this little book.Three friends go for a walk, steal a handcar sitting on a railroad track and roll away for days and days of quick looks into the lives of friends and strangers. And why is this "The Return of the Black Doll"? The black doll is on the cover and glimpsed in the house of Mrs Regera Dowdy; otherwise, not a word about her nor any other pictures. How Gorey!

    17. This is one of my favorite Edward Gorey books. I used to have the Bic C read it to me every night (especially when I was on bedrest).

    18. The second book that I have read of Mr. Gorey's. I liked it better than the Evil Garden. Great premise, strange, but I admire his imagination. Enjoyed the time frame.

    19. Hilarious bit of Gorey! If somebody wants to have at least 5 Gorey books in their collection, they should consider adding this one to it!

    20. Three people are bored of life in their town and so decide to take a handcar down the railroad track, unsure of when they will return. I feel like there were bits of the story I missed out on.

    21. Visited the Gorey House this weekend so I picked up a few of his books. He's awesomely strange and I love that. These are the kind of books Wednesday Addams would read as a child. :)

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