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Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic (original 2001; udgave 2003)

af Bill Richardson

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In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery lie the bones of many renowned departed. It is also home to a large number of stray cats. Now, what if by some strange twist of fate, the souls of the famous were reborn in the cats with their personalities intact? There's Maria Callas, a wilful and imperious diva, wailing late into the night. Earthy, bawdy chanteuse Edith Piaf is a foul-mouthed washerwoman. Oscar Wilde is hopelessly in love with Jim Morrison who sadly does not return his affections. Frederic Chopin is as melancholic and deeply contemplative as ever, and in honor of the tradition of leaving love letters at his tomb, he is now the cemetery's postmaster general. Last but not least, Marcel Proust is trying to solve the mystery behind some unusual thefts - someone has stolen Rossini's glass eye and Sarah Bernhardt's leg. Told in a series of amusing set pieces and intercepted letters, this is a delicious tale of intrigue, unrequited love, longstanding quarrels, character assassinations, petty spats, and sorcery that builds to a steady climax at the cats' annual Christmas pageant.… (mere)
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Titel:Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic
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Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic af Bill Richardson (2001)

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Many famous people are buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. This book is written with the idea that the feral cats roaming the grounds are actually the reincarnations of the graves' residents. The plot revolves around Alice B. Toklas as she waits for the reincarnation of Gertrude Stein to arrive. In the meantime there are side dramas involving Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Sarah Bernhardt, Chopin, and many more. I believe I would have gotten more out of this had I been more familiar with the works and attitudes of the characters in real life (Stein in particular), but it was still an enjoyable and very quick read. ( )
1 stem melydia | Oct 28, 2009 |
The premise of this novel, a jumble of famous personas reincarnated as cats in a French cemetery, sounds wacky if not absurd. Oscar Wilde pining after Jim Morrison; Sarah Bernhardt the famous three-legged ratter; what? But the book never dips into absurdity at all; it's really rather sweet and clever.

All of the cats are both perfectly cat-like and perfectly human. Alice B. Toklas, our main character, spends her days as a cook, but really she's just waiting for Gertrude to be reincarnated so they can rebuilld a new (feline) life together. Short and sweet, and sometimes Alice's pining just makes the reader ache; this book was a wonderful surprise for me. ( )
2 stem the_awesome_opossum | Jun 21, 2009 |
This book is a “graveyard gothic” set in Paris’ Pere-Lachaise cemetery where the famous inhabitants have been reborn as cats. And act like cats they do where much of the focus is on mating and birthing kittens. Alice B. Toklas sadly waits for the return of her beloved Gertrude Stein as a cat, which lends the title and main plot, but the book covers many other characters told in letters, poems, and whimsical narrative. Much of the writing emulates the style of the celebrated writers themselves. Among the cats in the cemetery:

Jim Morrison – a silent, brutish three-testicled cat who hovers on the feline conscience of the other cats.

Jean de la Fontaine – whose tour guide poems introduce the various characters and situations.

Oscar Wilde – who bears a hopeless amour for Jim Morrison, who never writes him back.

Isadora Duncan – still a dancer, sitting for a portrait for Modigliani and bearing his kittens.

Rossini – an aged senile cat who cannot remember he was once a composer.

Collette – a high-class Persian cat who followed a tomcat from her wealthy home to the cemetery. She teaches yoga.

Chopin – the composer is the Postmaster General of the cemetery where these cats seem to have learned how to write and write often.

Edith Piaf – kind of meanly portrayed as an old crank, she is a laundress.

Sarah Bernhardt – still an actress despite losing a leg. She’s also an excellent ratter.

Marcel Proust – a PI investigating several items stolen over the course of the narrative. ( )
  Othemts | Jun 26, 2008 |
One of the most intriguing books I have ever read. A story of cats living in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, many of whom are "translations," or reincarnations of the humans buried there. The main narrator is Alice B. Toklas, who is, of course, waiting for Gertrude. The story is told through letters exchanged among the cats, extremely clever and wonderfully fluent poems, Alice's narration, and other devices. I've never quite read anything like it. ( )
1 stem tloeffler | May 23, 2008 |
Wonderful story. ( )
  sm23 | Jun 18, 2007 |
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In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery lie the bones of many renowned departed. It is also home to a large number of stray cats. Now, what if by some strange twist of fate, the souls of the famous were reborn in the cats with their personalities intact? There's Maria Callas, a wilful and imperious diva, wailing late into the night. Earthy, bawdy chanteuse Edith Piaf is a foul-mouthed washerwoman. Oscar Wilde is hopelessly in love with Jim Morrison who sadly does not return his affections. Frederic Chopin is as melancholic and deeply contemplative as ever, and in honor of the tradition of leaving love letters at his tomb, he is now the cemetery's postmaster general. Last but not least, Marcel Proust is trying to solve the mystery behind some unusual thefts - someone has stolen Rossini's glass eye and Sarah Bernhardt's leg. Told in a series of amusing set pieces and intercepted letters, this is a delicious tale of intrigue, unrequited love, longstanding quarrels, character assassinations, petty spats, and sorcery that builds to a steady climax at the cats' annual Christmas pageant.

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