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Download ↠ Vorrh Author Brian Catling Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Prepare to lose yourself in the heady mythical expanse of  The Vorrh a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasyA remarkable cast of characters including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity as well as historical figures such as writer Raymond Roussel heiress Sarah Winchester and photographer Edward Muybridge  While fact and fiction blend the hunter will become the hunted and everyone’s fate hangs in the balance under the will of the Vorrh. Closer to a 25I finished reading this close to two weeks ago and I'm only writing a review now This is emblematic of my frustration with The Vorrh a book that came with a lot of buzz in some circles and in the first 80 or so pages really established something I thought I was falling in love withThis is at its heart a sort of Weird fantasy tale There's a small town bordering a forest that is believed to be magical or haunted or dangerous or some combination of all of those things One man seeks to explore the Vorrh others are trying to stop him and just the strange character of the town in general ends up dominating everythingIt's a book that suffers from the same thing we see a lot of the New Weird doing even if this is not explicitly categorized as such in that the setting and mood of the book overwhelmingly take precedence over the plot and what ends up happening is that the construction of the story takes a back seat over the worldbuilding aspects What was constructed deserved a better tale to go with it and it became repeatedly difficult to care about anything that was going onJust a definite disappointment Some readers might find some interesting stuff here and if you're into significant worldbuilding this might be one to look up but otherwise

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And magical the Vorrh bends time and wipes  memory Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart Now a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse Armed with only a strange bow he begins his journey but some fear the conseuences of his mission and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him Around them swirl. In my teens a novel I loved was Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast I've never reread it for fear of spoiling my memory of the magic it weaved into my imagination It was like the perfect transition from the otherworldly bewitchments of children's books to the sober worlds of adult literature The Vorrh is an imaginatively bizarre romp of a novel in the spirit of Gormenghast with a generous dose of the glorious controlled insanity of Thomas Pynchon thrown in The characters in the Vorrh include a one eyed cyclops with three Bakelite robot guardians a male wanderer armed with a sentient bow and arrow made of the body parts of a beloved female mentor a blind woman miraculously healed by a sexual union a pioneer photographer who is commissioned to photograph the ghost of a beloved husband The Vorrh itself is a sentient forest on the outskirts of a generic European city in an unspecified time of history it's often in Victorian in atmosphere Somewhere at its heart is the Garden of Eden It's rumoured Adam and angels still wander there A freuent problem whenever a writer lets his imagination run wild is architecture tends to play second fiddle and this is true here Structure is its weakest feature seeming rather prosaic and half baked in relation to the imaginative blitzkrieg of the imagery Perhaps this is why I can't pretend I understood what it all added up to But on the whole I had a lot of wild fun reading it

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Vorrh Author Brian CatliPrepare to lose yourself in the heady mythical expanse of  The Vorrh a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasy” Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh a vast perhaps endless forest It is a place of demons and angels of warriors and priests Sentient. The Heart of Darkness meets Borges meets something that might have crawled out of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth Brian Catling’s The Vorrh—or as editor Tim O’Connell likes to put it “VVVOOORRRRRHHH”—is an intoxicating novel that defies easy summary A slippery twisty book it always seemed to be suirming out of reach The blurb that accompanies it is woefully inadeuate though of no fault to the blurber because how can a book like this be summed up in a few lines I’d love to hear about how Catling pitched this to his publishers I don’t think I’ve read a book like this in a while Words like ‘genius’ and ‘sheer madness’ and ‘Jungian’ get jumbled like marbles in my mouth when I try to describe this book for friends The easiest way to start talking about The Vorrh is to ask ‘What is the Vorrh’ The Vorrh is an ancient dense forest set in the heart of the African continent most likely the Congo and rud to enclose the Garden of Eden Catling took the name from Raymond Roussel’s tract Impressions of Africa which from what I can tell was mostly a madcap travelogue of sorts that helped foster the boilerplate Western notion of Africa as an alien place filled with exotic horrors and savagery Now does Catling an English white man perpetuate that I don’t think so but I’ll get to that Catling freights the Vorrh with its own mythos It is eternal and endless It bends time; it cannibalizes the memories of anyone who encroaches too long The forest is regarded with reverence and fear by both locals and colonials Nestled next to the Vorrh is Essenwald a colonial cut out built to resemble a typical European city down to the last stone As the city expands there are logging trips into parts of the Vorrh to gather lumber and local materials for the building projects an ironic and very operant metaphor for the idea of colonial incursion In and around the Vorrh and the city of Essenwald we meet several characters Europeans and Africans alike all transformed or effaced by violence and the clash of cultures in some way and all drawn to make ill advised treks into the VorrhStructurally the novel is essentially a series of image laden set pieces and disparate storylines Some stories converge a few uite violently in the mysterious forest; others circle around the perimeter and lurk This disjointedness can be maddening Those readers who like their narratives neat and tidy might be put off but be patient; eventually things start to coalesce and what you’ll be rewarded with is a wickedly labyrinthine masterpiecePopulating this surreal tinged universe are people from real life and history Edward Muybridge Sarah Winchester Sir William Withey Gull even Raymond Roussel himself though not exactly by that name all make their uncanny appearances There are also fantastical characters a melancholy cyclops named Ishmael sentient bakelite robots and various monstrous eg the anthropophagi and ethereal beings the Erstwhile There are warriors medicine men assassins and hunters There are charmed weapons of incredible heft and symbolism one is a bow carved from the remains of a mystic woman the Bowman’s lover; another is a Lee Enfield rifle protected by charms Waves of the macabre and grotesue come up freuently here but Catling uses them in ways that are far from repellant Two examples In the opening scene an act of vivisection and mutilation becomes transmuted into a solemn tender tribute of love It’s a depiction of love so deep and profound that it boggles the senses and challenges our modern sanitized notions of love To my own perplexity the scene brought to mind that Neruda sonnet that everyone is so fond of uoting about loving something as dark things should be loved—but with blood and viscera It also evokes the reverent butchery in Tibetan sky burialsIn a scene later in the book an eye still alive but separated from its body is consumed by insectsThe fluid and movement attracted the attentions of other watchers bringing the hungry curiosity of a stream of black ants to the rock Without hesitation they continued the dissection that Tsungali had started He watched the eye being nibbled and ferried away its muscles still alive and contracting as the insects held it aloft like a great prize dragging it backwards along the glistening black chain of their frantic bodies A few minutes later there was nothing left—even the stain was fought over and diminished by the porous stone and the cooking sun I got goosebumps when I read that I’ve lived in the tropics and know how the forest can eat you alive Taken alone without context the passage may seem overly graphic though you can’t deny its effect And in any case Catling doesn’t use imagery like this gratuitously; images like this fit with the various leitmotifs centered around vision and sight throughout the book think the Cyclops Muybridge and his brand of photography references to inner eyes and occult visions blindness and so on In this strange world it makes narrative sense that clarity and sight would be consumedFor me the most difficult parts were the depictions of sexual frenzy often nightmarish and often streaked with violence or mute suffering Kristen Roupenian discusses this in her review These parts will probably be the most unsettling for readers For what it’s worth Catling has gone on record to say that the trodden upon female characters in the book are part of a larger set piece that eventually sees them exceeding their male counterparts in the next two books yes The Vorrh is part of a planned trilogy If this is a chronicle of oppression being inverted or displaced then it makes sense that a baseline needs to be first established More cynical readings of The Vorrh may dismiss the surreal tropes as another kind of broad cultural brushstroke pilloried by Binyavanga Wainaina in Granta But I personally think Catling is operating on a completely different level here It’s a critiue of colonialism and the violence and distortion of identityself in both the oppressor and oppressed but it’s also a kind of alternate history where all bets are off But critical theory aside what takes center stage is how Catling maneuvers through the fantasy tropes The fantastical so deeply permeates the narrative reality of the book that you are constantly wondering ‘Am I awake Am I dreaming this’ In the words of Alan Moore it “leaves the reader filthy with its seeds and spores encouraging new growth and threatening a great reforesting of the imagination” Catling is a published poet and that sensibility very much informs the prose style of the novel where pedestrian ordinary things constantly get illuminated and flushed with new life Consider this line a description of dusk which another reviewer here also flagged as Catling prose exemplar “Outside the swallows were changing to bats to measure the space of the sky with sound instead of sight” So expect a lot of lovely lush language in The Vorrh Catling is so good at evoking the uncanny with imagery taking something that’s ordinary or familiar and making it strangeOverall this is a spectacular book like a flicker of light that makes other books seem bland and monochromatic I give it the highest possible rating because it dares to explore; it’s primal and potent I’d recommend this if you’ve been secretly yearning for something to jolt you out of your reading doldrums something that will crack open your subconscious and blur the borders between prose and poetryand dreams“VVVOOORRRRRHHH” peopleDisclaimer I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review