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Old 05-22-2006   #1
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Donald Crowhurst

Over the weekend I bought and read a remarkably horrible factual book, first published in 1970, called THE STRANGE VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST. It builds up to a crescendo of intolerable terror, despair and madness.

http://www.saltyseas.com/crowhurst/

It's recently been made available in paperback



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It builds up to a crescendo of intolerable terror, despair and madness.

http://www.saltyseas.com/crowhurst/
Is that Norwegian?

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Is that Norwegian?
Could be. My dog, a Swedish mutt named Spotbowserfido, barked wildly over my shoulder when I viewed Mr. Samuels' link. Spotbowserfido is multilingual and astute in literary matters. Though the human and I don't exactly see eye to eye, I've wised up and allow Phil to write (and edit) all of my posts.

Woof,
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Bad doggie! (Such typing skills, though.) One asks, "who's in charge here?"

Good doggie! The story "Who's in Charge Here?" by James Blish is wonderful & worth tracking down. See The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction Twelfth Series edited by Avram Davidson. These dog antidepressants aren't bad, except for the fact that I suddenly want to chase cars.

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More information on Crowhurst

http://workers.labor.net.au/39/d_review_bizarre.html
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Re: Donald Crowhurst

That looks completely fascinating. I shall have to acquire a copy.

On a dog theme, this dog goes to send a telegram. He writes out his message as follows:

"Woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof"

The clerk examines the messages and says to the dog, "You've only got nine woofs here. You could have one more for the same price."

The dog takes back the message, looks at it again and says, "But that would make no sense at all."

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And then there was the insomniac agnostic with dyslexia who was up all night wondering if there really was a Dog....

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Well I just finished reading "The Strange Last Voyage of Donalnd Crowhurst", thanks on recomendation of Mr. Samuels here, and all I can say is; Damn! Crazy uncle Einstein DID kill Donald Crowhurst!

This was crazy stuff; I can only barely imagine the state of mind poor Crowhurst must have had at the time prior to his death. In a sense it felt pretty much like an overtly extended plot by Horacio Quiroga, or even Edgar Poe, but it was worth the read.

Although I must confess that the two or so chapters before "the good stuff" started (the stuff we Ligottiphiles happen to love so much) really, REALLY, tested my patience.

Now off to read "Memoirs of my Nervous Illness"...

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Yes, it is a bit of a struggle getting through the early technical chapters until the voyage is underway and the story proper unfolds.

Glad to hear your mention of Quiroga. I have the two volumes Cuentos y Mas Cuentos at home in the Spanish (published by Alianza? I can't remember) but haven't got around to reading them all yet. Which stories would you particularly recommend? Thus far I've only read El almohadón de plumas.

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Yes, it is a bit of a struggle getting through the early technical chapters until the voyage is underway and the story proper unfolds.

Glad to hear your mention of Quiroga. I have the two volumes Cuentos y Mas Cuentos at home in the Spanish (published by Alianza? I can't remember) but haven't got around to reading them all yet. Which stories would you particularly recommend? Thus far I've only read El almohadón de plumas.
Depends, its been ages since I read his work, but I do remember that some of it is a bit too romantic for my taste, pretty similar to the more romantic stuff by Maupassant before he snapped. But the one I really do recommend you to read ASAP is "La gallina degollada", it's a classic of his and should definitely come in Cuentos y más Cuentos. I actually lost my copy of Quiroga's fiction when I moved to the new house some time ago, so I don't remember the editorial... or the name of the anthology for that matter. I think it was called "Cuentos Crueles"

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