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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (3. September 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 014104487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044873
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 12,7 x 2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 118.122 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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An explosion of linguistic brio and Gothic grotesquery, horrifying, funny and tragic (Michel Faber Guardian) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


This novel tells the story of Euchrid Eucrow, the product of several generations of inbreeding and raw liquor consumption. Physically malformed and born dumb, he possesses an unusual sensitivity which he hides underneath engaging bravado. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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9 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von J. Doborosky am 11. April 2006
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Wer die Songs, besonders die Texte Nick Caves schätzt, der wird seine Poesie in diesem Buch wiederfinden. Zugegeben, die Geschichte muss nicht jedermanns Sache sein, dem einen oder anderen mag sie womöglich zu krass oder zu deprimierend erscheinen. Doch wer sich darauf einlassen möchte, der wird von diesem Buch gefesselt sein.
Nick Cave beschreibt das Leben des stummen Euchrid Eucrow in einem kleinen, aber christlichen Kaff in den amerikanischen Südstaaten. Es beginnt tragisch, als sein Zwillingsbruder bei der Geburt stirbt und in einem Schuhkarton begraben wird. Die betrunkene Mutter kümmert sich nicht um Euchrid, der Vater füttert ihn schließlich mit Pappe. Sein einziger Freund wird Mule, ein Maultier, und seine Zufluchtstätte der Sumpf, wo er skurrile Schätze sammelt. Doch er bleibt ein Aussenseiter, und irgendwann muss es zur Katastrophe kommen...
Der Ton der Geschichte ist düster, die Stimmung bestens eingefangen - es ist selten, dass ich mich noch nach Jahren so an die Atmosphäre einer Geschichte zurückerinnern kann wie hier.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von TofuBeast am 21. Februar 2009
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A great novel. It sucks you right in. Cave uses a myriad of words but never appears stuck-up. Definitely a page-turner that haunts you in your dreams. Fantastic!
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Not A Bad Literary Debut 4. Oktober 2005
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Having arrived late on the Nick Cave bandwagon, I spent several years listening closely to his albums and finally decided it was time to take a crack at the book to which there are many allusions in his music. For example, Crow Jane, a character from one of Cave's most violent songs, is re-introduced here as the vile woman who whelped the hapless narrator, Euchrid Eucrow. So first I read the reviews, and then I tackled the actual book itself.

Is "And The Ass Saw The Angel" hard to read? Yes. Are there made-up words? Yes. But then there are many novels, great and not so great, that are both hard to read and that contain many seeming nonsense words and phrases. On reading Cave, I think of Faulkner (made-up places and words), Flannery O'Connor (particularly the parallels with her novel Wise Blood), and of H. P. Lovecraft, whose novels and short stories are packed with the kind of degenerates who people Cave's Ukulore Valley. Many of the words that Cave uses, and may be accused by some of inventing, are not inventions at all but rather are either obscure or archaic words. Some of the actually invented words are agglutinations of two or three real words, so put together as to make more vivid the idea being expressed. Cave is obviously a master wordsmith and his command of English demands a similar level of erudition from his readers. One of those hefty dictionaries seen in university libraries just might be needed by some.

The story itself is populated by all the lowest, most degenerate and filthy specimens of humanity imaginable. Narrator Euchrid Eucrow, born mute, is himself the unwholesome and wretched spawn of diseased loins. It is telling that the Ukulore Valley's most sympathetic characters are the town whore and the daughter she bore in death.

The Ukulites themselves are above the others at the start, the God-chosen masters of the valley. Hard-working, God-fearing, and sober, only they have a real future there and a stake in the status quo. Everyone else is there to be used when needed, but officially ignored otherwise. I don't know about other readers, but though this novel is putatively set somewhere in the American South, I detect a whiff of Brigham Young and the Mormons about the Ukulites story. Cave knows his Bible, and this book is replete with Biblical quotations and allusions.

I don't want to ruin the story by telling it here, but suffice to say it is a brutal, bloody, filthy, vulgar and sometimes hilarious mockery of bigotry and religious zealotry. Euchrid, rejected and abused by all and sundry because of his origins and his condition, retreats into the confines of his ramshackle, jerry-built Kingdom of Doghead and plots revenge on all who have made his life sheer misery. How it all ends is a comic surprise.

And The Ass Saw The Angel is not a bad literary debut for a man best known as a songwriter. The story and the language betray Cave's longtime fascination with the American South. And this is where it really loses a star. Cave tries to make his characters sound "southern" by having the narrator (Euchrid Eucrow) say words like "ah", mah" and "unnerstand" in place of proper English enunciation, but then he often forgets that mid-sentence and lapses into Standard English or sometimes even lets loose with a bit of Aussie slang! Cave or his editors should have been more careful. But though the book is filled with graphic descriptions of human and animal cruelty of the basest sort, intrepid readers who are not literal-minded may find this to be a very engrossing novel noir indeed. Four bright stars and may Cave write soon again!
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I give this book every star in the universe! Perfection! 2. Dezember 1999
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For many a day I pined for this sublime piece of work, dismayed to find out it was no longer being published in America. Amazon never did find it in any used bookstores and I thought it hopeless. Until I went to -- and I bought it! It arrived at my door within three days, and within one week it was read, digested, and placed at the very top of my favorites list. It's even more divine and awesome (and I mean awesome as in AWE-INSPIRING) than I could've ever imagined. You're sucked into Euchrid's mad, tortured world, sometimes believing his delusions to be reality and sometimes wishing they were reality for his sake. The empathy that pours forth from the reader while Euchrid's tale is told is so powerful and overwhelming -- I can't even begin to describe how I felt while reading this book. And the ending -- the ending! All I can say is that it's a masterpiece. The bitterness towards religious fanaticism is so sweet -- at least it was for me. I'm very bitter towards religion and Christianity, and this book just seemed to justify it. So here's a suggestion if you want to read this book and can't find it anywhere: go to and look it up. It may take a little longer to come in, but believe me it will be well worth it.
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Graphic, extreme, yet hauntingly moving. 17. August 2005
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As a long time fan of Mr. Cave's my expectations of his debut novel were high. Considering this I never would have thought it would draw such emotion from the reader. His hero is a demon who begets empathy unwillingly. This novel is strong enough to provoke nightmares and make the hardiest reader reflect on the human condition at it's worst and most pathetic.
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Squeeze this novel and blood will come out! 13. Dezember 2001
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This is the first and only novel written by Nick Cave, one of the world's most acknowledged songwriters, best known as a rock artist in the groups "The Birthday Party" and "The Bad Seeds." Having said so, readers who are acquainted with his lyrics will be in a better position to appreciate his writing. The author literally locked himself up in a room for three years to write this novel, by some considered a "masterpiece."
The setting is a fictional Southern town with a population marked by religious fanaticism, ruled by the "Ukelites" (based on a real life sect called the Morisites). The main protagonist is a young fellow by the name of Euchrid Escrow, mute, physically handicapped, and subject to epileptic fits. He lives in a world of evil, ignorance, where he takes the role of an outcast. In order to survive he camouflages his feelings, and from a passive role he eventually becomes an avenger with fantasies of grandeur and of God's emissary to this world. His complete alienation will result in inevitable madness.
This is an extremely disturbing, macabre tale, marked by brutality. Not even its "poetic" prose verging on the baroque will bring relief to the reader. Nick Cave certainly knows his Bible, and the title of this novel is to be found in Numbers 22, 23-31 where the story is been told of how Balaam failed to see the angel of the Lord. There is extensive use of parables and metaphors, although the author himself claims that this novel should not be seen as a parable.
The style is unique, far from academic, where slang, abusive language, biblical quotations, masterful wording, and an alien language are all tools used by Nick to create an atmosphere in which, as quoted by the author "it is very exciting sort of thing to write about things that are not morally correct." Be it correct or not, the fact remains that his obsession with the grotesque makes this novel not an easy "pill to swallow!" Certainly not for the faint of heart!
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To those of you who didn't understand it... 1. Juni 2005
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Format: Taschenbuch it again. This book is complicated. One of the hardest I've ever read. Most of it is written in sort of a southern accent mixed with gothic poetry. I don't think I've ever read anything like it. Parts are so disgusting you almost have to "look away."

I was basically blown away by this book. The way he describes the scenery and the things that go through the main character, Euchrid's mind is amazing. Admittedly, I am a huge fan of The Bad Seeds. But I am also a fan of thousands of other music groups and I don't think you necessarily have to be a fan of Nick Cave's music to appreciate this book. However, I stress this again: it is very graphic.
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