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Bigot Hall

af Steve Aylett

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Bigot Hall is the nightmare home of a family most people would rather forget - but which Steve Aylett chooses to celebrate. Uncle Burst's belief that his face is made of pasta is one of the milder notions with which he regales the family as it gathers for breakfast. Uncle Snapper is confined to a treehouse because of the uncontrollable urges he feels once his gun is loaded. Uncle Blute has drowned in the lake at the wheel of his Morris Traveller where he remails perfectly preserved, listening to classical music on the car radio. The grandmother, unaccountably known as Nanny Jack, refuses all efforts to bury her and strikes terror into her relatives' hearts as she abandons yet another final resting place to stalk through the hall at night. Through this happy breed strolls a nameless anti-hero known only as 'laughing boy' who, when not kidnapped by clowns or puzzling out the fossilised family tree, is passionately in love with his beautiful, spaced-out sister, Adrienne.… (mere)

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Steve Aylett is one of those author's who are best recommended to others by merely pointing to his book repeatedly while nodding wide-eyed. Nothing you can possibly say can prepare someone for the twisted tales from Bigot Hall, although an easy attempt would be to describe it as The Addams Family, only darker, British, and considerably less polite. If you like black humor in a Gothic vein, mixed heavily with poetic pseudo-logic that makes your eyes bleed, than this is the book for you.

As Laughing Boy so eloquently states, "The most amusing thing about a pantomime horse is the necessity of having to shoot it twice." ( )
1 stem smichaelwilson | Oct 9, 2016 |
This was absolutely excellent. I read Slaughtermatic and thought it was kind of over the top and incomprehensible way too often. But this was just smart and over the top.

It's hard to imagine exactly how he writes like this. It's like stream of consciousness (which is often boring or disjointed) but edited and cohesive. There are characters and each one stays "in character". You begin to know what to expect (even if it is the unexpected) and each is so interesting that it's hard to pick a favorite.

Each vignette is more absurd than the last but together they form a complete story. Some have interesting story seeds that could be the entire premise for a novel, others are just funny and mischievous.

Here's some dialogue, if you like this you'll love this book:

"You were referred to me by Mr. Roger Lang," said Father. "What can you say to redeem yourself?"

"I would like a room here."

"You and a million others. How old are you Mr. Mandible?"

"Thirty four."

"Correct. Do you heal quickly?"

"In a flash,. Unless the wound is open, as with a triangular chunk blade."

"Or a tubular coral injury," suggested Father, "sustained off the Hawaiian Islands."

"Precisely." ( )
  ragwaine | Aug 9, 2009 |
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Bigot Hall is the nightmare home of a family most people would rather forget - but which Steve Aylett chooses to celebrate. Uncle Burst's belief that his face is made of pasta is one of the milder notions with which he regales the family as it gathers for breakfast. Uncle Snapper is confined to a treehouse because of the uncontrollable urges he feels once his gun is loaded. Uncle Blute has drowned in the lake at the wheel of his Morris Traveller where he remails perfectly preserved, listening to classical music on the car radio. The grandmother, unaccountably known as Nanny Jack, refuses all efforts to bury her and strikes terror into her relatives' hearts as she abandons yet another final resting place to stalk through the hall at night. Through this happy breed strolls a nameless anti-hero known only as 'laughing boy' who, when not kidnapped by clowns or puzzling out the fossilised family tree, is passionately in love with his beautiful, spaced-out sister, Adrienne.

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