Caliban (1982) is a novella by Rachel Ingalls. The plot concerns a lonely housewife who finds companionship with an amphibious sea monster named Larry. The book was reissued in 2017.
Caliban (1982) is a novella by Rachel Ingalls. The novella saw little critical nor commercial success upon release until 1986, when it was named by the British Book Marketing Council as one of the top 20 American novels of the post-World War II period.
I See a Long Journey. Fred forgot three things in a row before he reached the front door on his way to work. Then he remembered that he had wanted to take the paper with him.
In the tradition of The Shape of Water, this perfect novel of a housewife who begins a passionate affair with a sea monster is something of a miracle (The New Yorker). Selected by the British Book Marketing Council as one of the greatest American novels since World War II, Mrs. Caliban, much like Guillermo del Toro’s film The Shape of Water, uses an inter-species romance to explores issues of passion and loneliness, love and loss-and in its own wryly subversive way, it blends surrealism, satire, and a strong female perspective. A literary cult classic, it skillfully combines fairy tale, science fiction, and ho-hum reality (People).
Rachel Ingalls, an American writer living in London, toiled for most of her life in obscurity. In 1986, when one of her books, Mrs. Caliban (1982), was named to a list of best postwar American novels, she earned some recognition, but it was fleeting.
Mrs. Caliban (1983; with an Introduction by Rivka Galchen in the New Directions reissue of 2017) by Rachel Ingalls is a most incredible book. The blurb on the cover from The New Yorker refers to it as A perfect novel. Never a huge success (none of her work has been due to its eclectic nature and, perhaps because she is a woman states David Canfield in Entertainment Weekly), Ingalls’ Mrs. Caliban is getting new attention most likely due to the tremendous film success of another amphibian-man/human female love story, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (2017).
work combines subtlety and horror, magic and stark realism, Greek tragedy and happily-ever-afters. Her characters are true to life even as they embody classical archetypes - Icarus, Odysseus, Psyche, people wandering too long, striving too far, watching their loved ones by faint lights. Every volume has written displays the craft of a quite remarkable talent. Tales of love, terror, betrayal and grief, which others would spin out for hundreds of pages, are given the occluded force of poetry. Amanda Craig, Independent. Rachel Ingalls (b. 1940) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has lived in London since 1965.
Mrs Caliban’ was first published by Faber and Faber in 1982; ‘I See a Long Journey’, ‘On Ice’ and ‘Blessed . ISBN 978–0–571–29983–6. Rachel Ingalls, Mrs Caliban and other stories. Thank you for reading books on GrayCity.
Mrs Caliban’ was first published by Faber and Faber in 1982; ‘I See a Long Journey’, ‘On Ice’ and ‘Blessed Art Thou’ were first published in Three of a Kind, Faber and Faber, 1985; ‘Friends in the Country’, ‘An Artist’s Life’, ‘In the Act’ and ‘The End of Tragedy’ were first published in The End of Tragedy, Faber and Faber, 1987.
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John UpdikeFirst published in 1982, Mrs Caliban was in 1986 selected by the British Book Marketing Council as one of the 20 best post-war American novels. Ingalls takes a B-movie premise (aquatic humanoid escapes from lab) and pounds it into a thrilling new shape - a vehicle for social satire, kitchen-sink realism, surreal domesticity, and just plain blood-curdling screams