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The Model

The Model After Robert Aickman s death in the manuscript of The Model a wintry rococo fable set in Czarist Russia was located among his papers Aickman had told a friend he considered this novella to be o

After Robert Aickman s death in 1981 the manuscript of The Model, a wintry rococo fable set in Czarist Russia, was located among his papers Aickman had told a friend he considered this novella to be one of the best things I have ever written, if not the very best It was duly published for the first time in 1987.The Model tells of Elena, a grave girl inclined to losingAfter Robert Aickman s death in 1981 the manuscript of The Model, a wintry rococo fable set in Czarist Russia, was located among his papers Aickman had told a friend he considered this novella to be one of the best things I have ever written, if not the very best It was duly published for the first time in 1987.The Model tells of Elena, a grave girl inclined to losing herself in dreams of becoming a student ballerina or coryph e Her dolour darkens further when she learns she is to be sold into marital slavery by her father so as to settle the family s debts Refusing an unendurable future she sets out to the city of Svsk to pursue her dream First, however, she must traverse a landscape crowded by highly curious characters and creatures A must for Aickman fans A model of eloquent elegant enchantment Robert Bloch Psycho

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  1. Robert Aickman says:
    Author of close to 50 strange stories in the weird tale and ghost story traditions, two novels The Late Breakfasters and The Model , two volumes of memoir The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill , and two books on the canals of England Know Your Waterways and The Story of Our Inland Waterways.Co founder and longtime president of the Inland Waterways Association, an organization that in the middle of the 20th century restored a great part of England s deteriorating system of canals, now a major draw for recreation nationally and for tourism internationally.Grandson of author Richard Marsh.

Comment 737 on “The Model

  1. mark monday says:
    a little girl lives in her dreams, in her icy mansion, her wintry village as her future approaches, she builds a model of her life to come the author wrote his horror short stories, his tales of unease and things creeping on the outskirts, his ambiguous tales of dread filled adults and the closed circles they inhabit he wrote a novella, about a child, about dreams of the future and an uncertain life, unpublished in his lifetime the girl meets an odd friend who accompanies her on curious adventur [...]

  2. Doug says:
    I want you to stare at the following sentence for a moment, and think about it.Indeed, there proved to be nothing very remarkable about the meal that followed, apart from the gorgeousness of the surroundings, the rarity of the fare, and the elegance of the vintages.That is the sort of humor and irony at the heart of The Model, a short book largely about an innocent trying to handle both the tricky darkness of adult despair and weird trappings of a Kafka esque take on mythical Russia Elena, much [...]

  3. Sirensongs says:
    I m happy THE MODEL was included in the Tartarus edition of NIGHT VOICES, a dreamy, fairy tale esque coming of age story as only Aickman could write it While quite unlike his other stories that I have read, there was still enough elegant strangeness to make this distinguishable as his work His particular brand of darkness was present, but subtle, and often whimsical And I must say I was surprised by the ending, which evidenced a diluted happiness for Elena, the protagonist It almost felt like h [...]

  4. Jail says:
    This peculiar book is odd even by Robert Aickman s standards One reason is that it isn t really much like his other writing Many of the themes and ideas are but the writing is incredibly simple and lacks the detail that makes many of his short stories so effective The novel is certainly as dreamlike as much of his writing but it isn t convincing the way that great dreams are Overall I don t think it is his best work and I wondered if maybe it was unfinished when he died It is still very interest [...]

  5. James Everington says:
    Interesting and well written as is everything by Aickman but a bit directionless Very different in tone to his normal, excellent strange stories A flawed but interesting experiment, perhaps.

  6. Aric says:
    Not generally as good as his short stories, The Model remains an achievement of style It s very much like a fairy tale, and benefits from that approach If you re expecting Aickman s same old tricks, you re sure to be disappointed.

  7. Allan says:
    This was a charming stroll, but where did it go Was I just meant to enjoy the scenery

  8. Beastnessa says:
    I loved this little book, I devoured it, I wanted to roll around in it like a happy dog in grass I wish it were longer To my knowledge, Aickman hasn t written anything else quite like this Readers of his short stories will be puzzled and hopefully delighted to know that there s no horror here, and while it is kind of weird, it s not capital W Weird Fiction at all It s part fairy tale, part comedy of manners, part coming of age, part wistful teenage fantasy It also has quite possibly the best cov [...]

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