In , Edward Gorey published The Epiplectic Bicycle through Dodd, Mead & Company. The first edition of this hardcover book with. A charming burlesque concerning an intrepid voyage of epic proportions by the “ incredibly sophisticated stylish and inventive” Edward Gorey (New York. The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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This reminds me somewhat of Dia de los Fhe. Both text and illustrations are slight and, while not without interest, neither really grabbed me. I welcome all discussions, questions, comments and corrections to the information posted. Having misread the title as “The Epileptic Bicycle”, I was waiting for some kind of velocipedic convulsion which never happened.

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I love EG’s work, but have yet to have it tattooed on my body! This goery my second purchased and still favorite of the Gorey books, and a grim reminder to never have siblings. Feb 22, Whitney Watercutter rated it really liked it.

While Embley and Yewbert are hitting one another with croquet mallets one day, an untenanted bicycle rolls into their garden.

Subscribe To Posts Atom. Despite the plot indicated in the title, it is one of Gorey’s most fluid tales.

His style, which is often described as Gothic — but almost absurdly so — usually has a dark sense of humor, and his hapless characters often meet disturbing ends. Embley and Yewbert have a harrowing bicyclee on an untenanted bicycle. Aug 17, Robert Day rated it it was ok.

The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey

The cover art for The Epiplectic Bicycle has a dead alligator on a bicycle. A marvelous study of the long and fascinating history of bicycle manufacture in the Trobriand islands. Sep 15, Gerry rated it it was amazing. We ride along with siblings Embley and Yewbert on a bicycle which has a purpose all its own. Jul 15, Sarah Jackson rated it really liked it.


Everyone with a sense of whimsy. One of his step-mothers was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca.

Oct 14, E rated it liked it Shelves: Nonetheless, there is something about the book that I like possibly that Yewbert looks a bit like Curt Cobain? Dec 15, E rated it really liked it Shelves: Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St.

Gorey’s dark, dry humor in a story of two siblings who go on a bicycle adventure. This book chronicles their adventures across turnip fields, through barns and into bushes. There is no explanation for the broken bicycle shown. The alligator gets hit after it attacks them and, in typical Gorey style, utters the immortal!

In later years he illustrated many children’s books by John Bellairs, as well as books in several series begun by Bellairs and continued by other authors after his death.

As I say, the internet makes this easier. Recommended for all fans of legionnaire’s disease and arbitrage. I have read it again, and there are no hidden dep Having misread the title as “The Epileptic Bicycle”, I was waiting for some kind of velocipedic convulsion which never happened.

She had the image prominently tattooed on her arm in full color, and was somewhat surprised that I knew where the image came from. Embley and Yewbert’s surreal adventures on their epipleptic bike. Sep 15, William rated it really liked it. Oct 14, Jen Dent rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoy absurd art.


This was a lovely Christmas gift from a dear friend. So fun to find this teensy book sitting among the hulking monsters on the “G” adult fiction shelf, like a thin little sliver of mushroom smished between two hearty slices of rustic country loaf.

I also am going to keep an eye out for girey copy of The Broken Spoke. About Me ampootozote View my complete profile. My first edition copy is signed and inscribed by Mr.

This tale concerns Embley and Yewbert, two children who are distracted from their pastime of hitting each other with croquet mallets by a sentient bicycle that appears out of nowhere. Newer Post Older Post Home. The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey. From tohe lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text.

The Epiplectic Bicycle

The second best conclusion is that Gorey did, in fact, muddle the language and translation of this book up on purpose so as to delight the reader and annoy the critics and honestly, they were getting too big for their britches anyways, weren’t they? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Of all the books I own this one might possibly be the one I return to the most. Gorey channels the surrealists in Les Insectes Cyclistes. Who cares is what I say. So mysterious and wonderfully weird.