The Asylum of Dr. Caligari

The Asylum of Dr Caligari Watch out for James Morrow He s magic Washington Post Book WorldIt is the summer of and young American painter Francis Wyndham really needs work Fortunately he s attained a position as the new

  • Title: The Asylum of Dr. Caligari
  • Author: James K. Morrow
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  • Page: 391
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  • Watch out for James Morrow He s magic Washington Post Book WorldIt is the summer of 1914, and young American painter Francis Wyndham really needs work Fortunately, he s attained a position as the new art therapist at a renowned European insane asylum Unfortunately, the asylum s director the terrible Dr Alessandro Caligari is less interested in curing patients than i Watch out for James Morrow He s magic Washington Post Book WorldIt is the summer of 1914, and young American painter Francis Wyndham really needs work Fortunately, he s attained a position as the new art therapist at a renowned European insane asylum Unfortunately, the asylum s director the terrible Dr Alessandro Caligari is less interested in curing patients than in his own nefarious projects In his secret lair, Caligari is creating a painting so hypnotic it will incite entire regiments into battle rage If he succeeds, he will make untold profits selling his services to power hungry governments And with the world at the brink of war, only Francis s most talented and not entirely sane student Illona may be able to foil Caligari.Vividly re imagined from the madness of a silent film classic, The Asylum of Dr Caligari is a provocative satire on the fine art of profiteering.

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    1. 3.5 StarsJames Morrow’s new novella recasts the infamous villain of Robert Weine’s 1920 horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as a psychiatrist (and contemporary rival of Freud) running his own asylum in Germany at the dawn of World War I. The hero of the story is Francis Wyndham, an American expat trying to make a living as a painter in Europe. Wyndham accepts a position as an “art therapist” at Caligari’s asylum, where he discovers that Caligari is also a sorcerer who uses magic to [...]

    2. DNF at 49%Sorry. But it is the first time in my life when I feel to be stupid for a fictional bookAT makes me feel even worse.To your information - the writing is superb. The ploto complicated for my small brain. Sorry.**Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

    3. Most people probably don't start pondering the power of art after seeing the classic German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. But then author James Morrow isn’t your average person. After all, he spent the 1990s "killing God" in The Godhead Trilogy. A self-described "scientific humanist," Morrow’s last several novels explored the scientific worldview through the perspectives of the struggle between science and superstition in the early 17th century, genetic engineering and ethics, and [...]

    4. Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.So apparently this book was based on an old school movie, and I must say I could really get that whole vibe. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no old school movie expert. The oldest movie I've seen is probably Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, and while I loved both, they are timeless classics. I've never heard of the mad Dr. Caligari and his asylum though I must say that I'm intrigued and wouldn't be opposed to a viewing if it wa [...]

    5. The Dr. Caligari here is, indeed, the one from the German silent film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" but this story has wings of its own, so to speak. It is the year 1914 and World War I is just starting. The main character, Francis Wyndham, has taken a job as an art therapist in Dr. Caligari's asylum. Caligari has an agenda besides helping the mentally afflicted and is working on a secret painting, and that's all I want to say. You must experience this novel for yourself. It is an amazing, mind [...]

    6. Morrow is one of my favorite writers, and this book is another reason why. A wonderful wordsmith, his stories are inventive and his words just flow with a unique rhythm that's all his. A bit of magic and fantasy, held together against an historical backdrop of WW I, this novel is chock full of wacky characters. Somehow, Morrow is able to make you care about them (even the antagonist). No spoilers here; it's a fine yarn with some moral lessons spun with a sense of humor and an eye for detail.

    7. Using a cult class silent horror film (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) as the template for a speculative fiction anti-war novel might be a weird idea, but James Morrow has made a career out of weird ideas (including several books on killing God) and that experience mostly pays off in The Asylum of Dr. Caligari, though I would have preferred a shorter version of the tale.On the eve of WWI, Francis Wyndham, artist-wannabe, makes the European circuit to try and find a mentor. But after getting pushed [...]

    8. Art, Folly, Hysteria, Alchemy, and WarLustAs I read this book, and delighted in its descent, (ascent?), into absurdity, I couldn't help but make a connection to certain anti-Vietnam War movies from the late 60's, especially the British "Oh! What A Lovely War". In that movie various scenes from World War I, including the diplomatic run up to the War, were set to music in a pavilion at the end of a Brighton holiday pier, or were otherwise set in fantasy locations. The effect was not unlike what yo [...]

    9. ***This book was reviewed for the San Francisco and Seattle Book Reviews, and via NetgalleyThe Asylum of Dr Caligari by James Morrow, spun from the 1920s silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, is a commentary on duality- life and death, war and peace, science and art, reason and mysticism, sanity and insanity- and how things are often not as dualistic as first they seem, for they are connected. Like the yin-yang, there is always a bit of one in the totality of the other. Beyond that, it is an a [...]

    10. With as much as I enjoyed James Morrow's THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP, I looked forward to his latest story, THE ASYLUM OF DR. CALIGARI. The novel is a side-quel/sequel to the 1920 German silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Actually it may not be either a side-quel or a sequel; however we wish to categorize it, Morrow takes the concept of the existence of a Dr. Caligari and an asylum and puts a fantastical twist into the story.The year is 1915. Francis Wyndham, an American painter, finds h [...]

    11. This is a weird surreal adventure at the start of WWI, where Art and Sorcery in a lunatic asylum are used both on the side of good and peace and evil and war.Dr. Caligari sells access to his masterpiece to the highest bidder. A masterpiece painting that compels its viewers into unbridled passion for war. Both sides of the building conflicts are eager to avail themselves of his services. Francis is an artist from America, who comes to the asylum to work as an art therapist. While there, he uncove [...]

    12. Art, love, magic and insanity in an alternative history explanation for the outbreak of WW1. A wannabe American artist, Wyndham, comes to a strange asylum to work as an art therapist after being turned away by every famous artist in Europe. The asylum is run by the strange and magical Dr Caligari, who uses unusual techniques to cure his patients. Wyndham is warned of Caligari's unorthodox methods and the odd goings-on before he accepts the job but he goes ahead regardless. The foolish Wyndham le [...]

    13. James K. Morrow's The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a World War I-era art farce novella based on the 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari . In this 2017 iteration, we have a protagonist American painter wanna be named Francis Wyndham, working as an art therapist at an insane asylum where the evil Dr. Caligari--part artist, part hypnotist, part sorcerer--has created a painting that will inspire troops' bloodlust. For a fee, governments pay to have their young men marched by the paintin [...]

    14. I am a sucker for Morrow's blending of fantasy, theology, philosophy, science, art, into stories that I can't imagine anyone else writing. This one got me to watch "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," which I had never seen before (and is a silent movie well worth watching). Quotable quotes amidst the adventure recounted here: "Only God is flawlessIt's the first thing you'll notice about Him if he ever gets around to existing."And:"I don't think of divine things as injurious," I said."I don't think of [...]

    15. James Morrow’s novella picks up Dr Caligari, the main character from the classic silent movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and tell us about his next enterprise: an asylum in a small neutral country just as the beginning of the Great War.I loved the film, and I’ve also very much enjoyed this novella, which blends an entertaining and well written fictional story, with real First World War historical facts. And although a clear anti-war message pervades the book, the story is brilliant in itsel [...]

    16. I was given an ARC by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it. I really enjoyed this novella, inspired by the movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. I loved the prose style. Morris knows how to tell a story. As I was reading, I was reminded time and again of some horror greats including Dracula and Frankenstein. The novella has that air of old fashioned, spooky, black and white horror movie about it. The relationship between Wyndham and mad Ilona was disturbing. I enjoyed the intense, madness of it [...]

    17. This is a satirical, clever novel, which is (almost) a sequel of the German silent film “Cabinet of Dr. Caltgari”. Parts of this are so dry it could be made into powder, but the wit stands out that cannot help but enjoy it.There is a madness between the pages that matches the perceived legend of Dr. Caligari, and you can tell that Mr Morrow loves this subject. There is a lot happening throughout this story, but given the pacing of it, it will not take long before the pieces start falling tog [...]

    18. If allowed I would rate this both three stars and four stars, the latter for the tour de force writing of James Morrow (a level he has maintained with incredible consistency for decades now) and the former for my personal reading experience, marred by a strong feeling throughout that a lot of the wit, allusions and references were going over my head due to my relative ignorance of art, film, philosophy and Latin, French and German. A worthwhile read that I suspect will grow even more worthwhile [...]

    19. Bizarre is the word that comes to mind when reading The Asylum of Dr. Caligari by James Morrow. The story and writing intrigue me enough to keep reading to see where the book goes. It ends up in an unexpected place, and that too is okay. This book is definitely one in which as a reader, I just go with the flow with no expectations and no disappointments, but a memorable reading experience regardless.Read my complete review and the history of this book at memoriesfrombooks/2017Reviewed for NetGal [...]

    20. I'd give the asylum of Dr. Caligari probably 2.5 - 3 stars, the reason I even read it was because of the title years ago I saw the movie the cabinet of Dr. Caligari, talk about strange, well so was the book it's set just after the start of the 1st world war. Dr. Caligari runs an asylum and some of the patients get to art therapy. Maybe I just didn't get the satire, or the sex or the f bombs, I really wanted to like it because Dr. Caligari is one of the classics of German expressionist films, I r [...]

    21. This book is at once a tribute to the horror film and the German silent film about the Cabinet of the doctor of the title, but this one goes further than either of those, into horror, history, art, and psychology. Really, there's a lot to unpack and this book is only 85 pages. It's short, but to the point. That point being: author James Morrow writes well. This is an exercise in character and style. (review from advance copy provided in exchange for honest review. Luckily, this book is awesome.) [...]

    22. [Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.]I don't believe I'm too stupid for this book (some other reviewers have mentioned this book was too "smart" for them and I really don't think that's the case). Rather, I think the book was trying too hard to be something more than it was. There were two shining moments that never turned into more than an image: the marching, singing soldiers in the Caligari painting, and Ilona's wondering if they were doing th [...]

    23. James Morrow is very good. I liked this book a lot. The story was excellent. I'm not familiar with the movie this was based off, but that didn't really matter. The concept was fun. It is a fantasy, but the fantasy aspects didn't take over the book.

    24. The period of German Expressionist film-making was a fertile one which gave rise to many images and tropes people reuse today - but this novel fails to make good use of them. I neither found it frightening nor amusing, and advise readers to look elsewhere to find this particular zeitgeist evoked.

    25. Bizarre little book about black magic, art, and WWI. Colorful and fun to read. I expected a young adult novel from the look of the graphics on and in the book, but the language and style are very sophisticated and the subject matter, very adult.

    26. A total disappointment, I really liked some of the ideas and there were moments when it seemed like things would improve.But bloated descriptions and a rambling incoherent plot made for very frustrating reading.

    27. Funny, eccentric, and wildly imaginative. At 184 pages, this is a very well-written and concise adventure with a strong sexual and satirical edge. I will look for more works by James K. Morrow.

    28. The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a deft little novel, a perfect fit for people who are not just interested in fantasy, but also history, art, geography and linguistics. If you are a man, and appreciate an elegant woman wearing lace and jewelry more than a bronze bikini-clad babe with a vacuous stare, you might also appreciate the work of James Morrow. Like T. Coraghessan Boyle, but with more palatable characters, and less heft, James Morrow draws on actual historical figures in his novel. While th [...]

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