In , Edward Gorey published The Epiplectic Bicycle through Dodd, Mead & Company. The first edition of this hardcover book with. A charming burlesque concerning an intrepid voyage of epic proportions by the “ incredibly sophisticated stylish and inventive” Edward Gorey (New York. The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Definite proof that two wheels are better than four at least in cases where the two wheels propel themselves! Nov 05, Courtney rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem?

What does “Epiplectic” mean? Oct 14, E rated it liked it Shelves: We ride along with siblings Embley and Yewbert on a bicycle which has a purpose all its own. Mar 04, Anetq rated it it was ok Shelves: She had the image prominently tattooed on her arm in full color, and was somewhat surprised that I knew where the image came from.

Posted by Brooks at I have read it again, and there are no hidden dep Having misread the title as “The Epileptic Bicycle”, I was waiting for some kind of velocipedic convulsion which never happened. Hte front and back cover are very funny.

Notice that the Victorian-era lantern puts out a beam of darkness in the fading daylight. This book chronicles their adventures across turnip fields, through barns and into bushes. From tohe lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text. One for imaginative children. Jan 09, Katie rated it epiplecric liked it Shelves: Charming, absurd, not overly precious but totally lovable.


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There have been several reprints of this title over the years, and the cover illustration was used on a tee shirt see the photo at the bottom of this post. The story is one of great whimsy and a love of nonsense, and amusingly contradicts itself at several points.

The cover art for The Epiplectic Bicycle has a dead alligator on a bicycle.

Epiplectic is a form of the word epiplexis: Everyone with a sense of whimsy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Why not put one on a bike? I really enjoy absurd art. Posted by ampootozote at 6: Jan 15, Dan rated it really liked it. Dpiplectic not the most disturbing of Gorey’s books children only beat each other with croquet mallets in this onebut maybe his funniest and most mysterious. Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was “negligible”, Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago ineventually becoming a professional illustrator.

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The Epiplectic Bicycle

What prompted me to give this 5 stars were the comments and reviews of other Goodreaders. Justine Valinotti September 21, at Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. The fact that it is very short is one reason; an alligator that rises out of a puddle shouting,”Ho! Despite the plot indicated in the title, it is one of Gorey’s most fluid tales. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

A quirky and non-sensical pocket sized children’s book, with many a laugh for all ages. Gorey presents us with this obscure word, but does not specify.


Thereupon they hop on and go through various adventures, ending in a shocking revelation that seems right out of the “Voyage of Bran”. Jan bucycle, Halah Ahmad rated it it was ok. For more information about this word go to: There is slight fading to the dust jacket. I epipleectic had birds named Embley and Yewbert.

Return to Book Page. Of all the books I own this one might possibly be the one I return to the most. The bicycle as an article of worship. While Embley and Yewbert are hitting one another with croquet mallets one day, an untenanted bicycle rolls into their garden.

Absurd and weird – but a little too pointless for my taste Born in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family; his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in when he was 11, then remarried in when he was I am often asked which Gorey book is my favorite, and The Epiplectic Bicycle is it!

The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey. Delightful and splendid with the usual Gorey whimsy. I am very fond of the instance in which an alligator accosts them and Bicyccle kicks it in the nose, and it expires. This reminds me somewhat of Dia de los Muertos.