Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead by Barbara ComynsWho Was Changed And Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns

Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead

byBarbara ComynsIntroduction byBrian Evenson

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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A twisted hilarious satire about an English village struck by a mysterious epidemic.The story of the Willoweed family and the English village in which they live. It begins mid-flood, ducks swimming in the drawing-room windows, "quacking their approval" as they sail around the room. "What about my rose beds?" demands Grandmother Willoweed. Her son shouts down her ear-trumpet that the garden is submerged, dead animals everywhere, she will be lucky to get a bunch. Then the miller drowns himself ... then the butcher slits his throat ... and a series of gruesome deaths plagues the villagers. The newspaper asks, "Who will be smitten by this fatal madness next?" Through it all, Comyns's unique voice weaves a text as wonderful as it is horrible, as beautiful as it is cruel. Originally published in England in 1954, this "overlooked small masterpiece" is a twisted, tragicomic gem.
Barbara Comyns was born in England in 1909 and raised in a Warwickshire country house. In her teens she attended art school in London, then married a painter and had two children. To support her family, she dealt in antiques and vintage cars, renovated apartments, and bred poodles. She later lived in Spain for eighteen years. In ad...
Title:Who Was Changed And Who Was DeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0984469311

ISBN - 13:9780984469314

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Editorial Reviews

Comyns's novel is deranged in ways that shouldn't be disclosed.'-Ben Marcus,&nbspMillions'Tragic, comic and completely bonkers all in one, I'd go as far as to call her something of a neglected genius.'-Guardian