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Gorey’s naughty, hilarious travesty of lust, now
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Reviews for The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary:

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Apr 23, 2018

I read that Edward was poking fun of the Story of O with this. There are some great innuendo's in here. Nothing is explicit and it is all leading your mind to some kinky ideas. It is very funny. Who knows what that curious sofa was actually doing. This is for mature audiences.

The art was interesting and led you to wonder what was going on off frame which further upped the innuendo going on. The book is brilliant. This was so much fun to read and it was short. Edward is even better in my mind I read that Edward was poking fun of the Story of O with this. There are some great innuendo's in here. Nothing is explicit and it is all leading your mind to some kinky ideas. It is very funny. Who knows what that curious sofa was actually doing. This is for mature audiences.

The art was interesting and led you to wonder what was going on off frame which further upped the innuendo going on. The book is brilliant. This was so much fun to read and it was short. Edward is even better in my mind now. He is brilliant and doing things others weren't doing in the 50s and 60s. ...more
5

Dec 24, 2015

I saw this at the bookstore this week and picked it up. I had read it as part of a larger collection of his work, and for some reason it is being re-released. But yay that it is. The cover features a sofa with a couple legs visible through a doorway. The title is The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary, but it's not really pornographic (sorry, I know you were hoping to read something titillating here!), and really by Gorey, of course.

The copyright is 1961, and the artist/author I saw this at the bookstore this week and picked it up. I had read it as part of a larger collection of his work, and for some reason it is being re-released. But yay that it is. The cover features a sofa with a couple legs visible through a doorway. The title is The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary, but it's not really pornographic (sorry, I know you were hoping to read something titillating here!), and really by Gorey, of course.

The copyright is 1961, and the artist/author Gorey was famously asexual or hid the fact he was gay, depending on whom you can trust here, all of his life. He discusses this book with curious interviewers in various settings, and makes it clear he was just having fun, making jokes. It is in no way pornographic, or even "erotica," though sexual acts are referred to throughout hilariously--if hilarious for you might include a droll Victorian tone and cadence; for instance,

"Alice was eating grapes in the park, when Herbert, an extremely well-endowed young man, introduced himself to her."

Next page: "He invited her to go for a ride in a taxi-cab, on the floor of which they did something Alice had never done before." You see a hand raised throughout the window. It's THAT kind of pornography, or erotica, which is to say it is NOT, and just something to make you smile, maybe. I did, on every single page!

"Lady Celia led Alice to her boudoir, where she requested the girl to perform a rather surprising service."

Another: "As they drove up to the house, Lucy, the Gilbert's daughter, and an uncommonly well-shaped older man, emerged from an ornamental urn."

Sofa? Well, some of what happens in the story happens on furniture, but mostly Gorey is always being absurd and ironic, thanks for that, Ed.

You must own this, I say! Hear, hear! Gorey loved what he saw as British life and literature, though he was American, born just north of Chicago, and in fact never traveled to the British Isles! (Correct me if I am wrong, but I think this is a true and curious fact. . .)
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3

Jun 18, 2016

Ohhhhhh it just hit me how euphemistically sexual it was. -.-



Like, really. I don't deserve to wear my "Perverted and Proud" badge anymore.



HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH, MY
4

Apr 29, 2018

A wonderful creation! Everything is left to the reader's imagination and, accordingly, all of the 'action' takes place just off the page. Very funny.
4

Jul 29, 2011

Laughing out loud. That's what I was doing the entire time my brother-in-law read it aloud to me. It was so hilariously, deliciously demented. A very, very naughty book, without ever showing anything, without ever naming a body part or anything explicitly vulgar. In fact, you could read this as a small child and think it was perfectly innocent. Oh. My.
4

Aug 15, 2008

With drawings more like sketches this is far from my favorite Gorey, but it is a deliciously risque forest of euphemisms.

I had to revise my rating upon further review. Yes, the drawings are simple, esp. compared to the density of lines in some of his other books, but there remains the same amount of grace and humor in their minimalism. 4 stars!
5

Jul 09, 2014

The Curious Sofa - Edward Gorey The literary equivalent of Gypsy Rose Lee's strip tease. No doubt the most sex-per-page of any bookyet remains appropriate for readers of all ages. "But is it sex positive?" I ask myself. I think not in the end, but others may differ.

I amused myself by trying to imagine making a film of it. I was wondering how one could maintain the feel of the book, but also make it last longer than about 6 seconds. It would be a fun side project to take advantage of casts, sets, The Curious Sofa - Edward Gorey  The literary equivalent of Gypsy Rose Lee's strip tease. No doubt the most sex-per-page of any book yet remains appropriate for readers of all ages. "But is it sex positive?" I ask myself. I think not in the end, but others may differ. 
 
I amused myself by trying to imagine making a film of it. I was wondering how one could maintain the feel of the book, but also make it last longer than about 6 seconds. It would be a fun side project to take advantage of casts, sets, locations, costumes, and all on some big drama production. It would also be funny to swap the cast around, with the cast playing nobility in one and servants in the other, and vice versa. Now I really want someone to comb the footage of Downton Abbey and make this for me.
 
Personal copy ...more
5

Jul 09, 2008

There is something deliciously demented about Edward Gorey (who published this work under an acronym of his name; Ogdred Weary). This book is a silly, naughty romp that tangentially explores some very dark and frightening places. It's a dirty little quickie for book lovers.

"Looking out the window she saw Herbert, Albert, and Harold, the gardener, an exceptionally well-made youth, disporting themselves on the lawn. They were soon joined by Donald, Herbert's singularly well-favoured sheepdog, and There is something deliciously demented about Edward Gorey (who published this work under an acronym of his name; Ogdred Weary). This book is a silly, naughty romp that tangentially explores some very dark and frightening places. It's a dirty little quickie for book lovers.

"Looking out the window she saw Herbert, Albert, and Harold, the gardener, an exceptionally well-made youth, disporting themselves on the lawn. They were soon joined by Donald, Herbert's singularly well-favoured sheepdog, and many were the giggles and barks that came from the shrubbery." ...more
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Jun 09, 2013

If Florence and Emily from Little Britain were to write a pornography, this would be it.



"But we are laaaaaaaadies and we must read laaaaadies pornography you see"

Finally, an Edward Gorey tale that is not wrist slittingly depressing!
The men are all extraordinarily something or other and the women free from all inhibitions. This is a deliciously demented read. However nothing is revealed or shown in the drawings. It is up the reader to see between the lines and outside the frames of the If Florence and Emily from Little Britain were to write a pornography, this would be it.



"But we are laaaaaaaadies and we must read laaaaadies pornography you see"

Finally, an Edward Gorey tale that is not wrist slittingly depressing!
The men are all extraordinarily something or other and the women free from all inhibitions. This is a deliciously demented read. However nothing is revealed or shown in the drawings. It is up the reader to see between the lines and outside the frames of the illustrations.
Of course it wouldn't be Gorey if the characters didn't meet a grisly confusing end..

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Mar 04, 2017

Hilarious . . . :-) I admit I had to look up a 'Lithuanian typewriter', as I'd never heard of it before ;-)

But seriously, a lot is left to one's imagination, as neither the graphics nor the text are pornographic in itself. It is what's implied that makes this little book hilarious :-) It really is such a delicious, funny, witty read that it had me grinning several times, and I fully agree with Michelle Morrell's earlier review :-)
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Dec 27, 2008

if you don't love Edward Gorey, I probably wouldn't like you very much.
4

Jul 20, 2013

A clever little book that shows that innuendo and hinting can be just as naughty as spelling it out.
3

Jul 20, 2007

THE CURIOUS SOFA: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary is one of Edward Gorey's works in which the story is told through delightful pen-and-ink drawings with witty captions. A 1961 send-up of Victorian pornography, the book's thirty pages tell the adventures of Alice, a young woman swept into a long series of sexual adventures. THE CURIOUS SOFA's cleverness lies in that on one hand it reveals nothing obscene--one would hardly have to fear if a young child came upon the book. A good example THE CURIOUS SOFA: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary is one of Edward Gorey's works in which the story is told through delightful pen-and-ink drawings with witty captions. A 1961 send-up of Victorian pornography, the book's thirty pages tell the adventures of Alice, a young woman swept into a long series of sexual adventures. THE CURIOUS SOFA's cleverness lies in that on one hand it reveals nothing obscene--one would hardly have to fear if a young child came upon the book. A good example caption is: "Downstairs the three of them played a most amusing game of Herbert's own invention called 'Thumbfumble.' They then sat down to a sumptuous tea", which is accompanied by an entirely innocuous drawing. Yet, for the adult the book is ultimately the most filthiest thing this reader has ever encountered outside of some Cocteau Twins lyrics.

The artwork of THE CURIOUS SOFA is rather spartan: generally just characters and furniture against a white background. It resembles more his first work THE UNSTRUNG HARP than the later works of the 1960s that became typical for him: Edwardian figures with beards and lots of fur coats.

This is an entertaining work, and Gorey does masterfully show that, paradoxically, sometimes horrors and obscenities can be maximally revealed through being concealed. However, I would not recommend it to the Gorey neophyte, as it is not the best example of his work. Instead, try THE LOATHSOME COUPLE or THE BLUE ASPIC. THE OTHER STATUE is also good. Those are all books from his most fruitful style of the late 1960s and highly recommended reading. Save this one for if you've come to enjoy Gorey. ...more
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Dec 29, 2015

Maybe if I had actually read Story of O this would be funnier. Should I happen to read said book maybe I'll get back here and do a review.

(Reread in Amphigorey; reviewing separately.)
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Oct 16, 2012

Porno! Tapi bisa tidak disebut pornografi ya? Lah tidak ada gambar yang porno :D. Lalu: Elsie had expired during the night, and gloom descended on everybody. Kenapa si Elsie? Diapain pake saucepan? Lalu: sofanya ngapain? Misteri >_<.
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Aug 22, 2007

This is a strange little book by Edward Gorey. The book is full of ambigous references to exotic sex acts, but nothing is ever explicitly shown or described. It will probably take you less than 10 minutes to read this book, but you will wonder about it for weeks to come.
5

Jan 02, 2008

A Dadaist pornography, where all of the action happens off-page, and all the descriptions are vague and unsuggestive.

It appeals to me. Lots.
4

Sep 13, 2008

I am completely cribbing this line from a stranger's blog, but it is the best summary I could imagine:

"This book proves that the biggest sex organ of all is the brain."
5

May 21, 2017

Despite being a self-proclaimed 'pornographic work', 'The Curious Sofa' is a surprisingly subtle and, considering it comes from the brain of Edward Gorey, unsurprisingly amusing yarn. Darkly whimsical in tone and, although certainly not explicit, concerning a slightly more adult subject matter than the rest of Gorey's work, 'The Curious Sofa' follows the adventures of a particularly open-minded young lady called Alice and alludes to all manner of compromising situations, ranging from a romp with Despite being a self-proclaimed 'pornographic work', 'The Curious Sofa' is a surprisingly subtle and, considering it comes from the brain of Edward Gorey, unsurprisingly amusing yarn. Darkly whimsical in tone and, although certainly not explicit, concerning a slightly more adult subject matter than the rest of Gorey's work, 'The Curious Sofa' follows the adventures of a particularly open-minded young lady called Alice and alludes to all manner of compromising situations, ranging from a romp with a sheepdog to an encounter with a married couple who both have wooden legs. Another witty tale complete with fabulous illustrations. ...more
3

Oct 22, 2014

"a pornographic work", October 22, 2014

This review is from: The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary (Hardcover)
Much of Edward Gorey's work is utterly witty and delicious, but I'm afraid this one (largely) missed the mark for me. Featuring a bunch of 1920s looking people -including a number of 'well-proportioned' gentlemen - frolicking at a house-party, I just didn't find it hugely funny.
From our heroine perusing an album of 'instructive chromolithographs' to a married couple, "a pornographic work", October 22, 2014

This review is from: The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary (Hardcover)
Much of Edward Gorey's work is utterly witty and delicious, but I'm afraid this one (largely) missed the mark for me. Featuring a bunch of 1920s looking people -including a number of 'well-proportioned' gentlemen - frolicking at a house-party, I just didn't find it hugely funny.
From our heroine perusing an album of 'instructive chromolithographs' to a married couple, both with wooden legs 'with which they could do all sorts of entertaining tricks'...hmm... ...more
5

Mar 16, 2010

Oh Edward! I knew you were nasty underneath all your PBS special drawings. This is delightfully dirty, and only in a way that is most telling about the own reader's mind. Fortunately, mine is filthy. I had to read this for a burlesque show where everyone reads the same book- in this case- 'The Curious Sofa', and then writes a song inspired by it. If you'd like to take a look- I wrote a song from the view point of the main character in the book for this show- and you can see it here. Dirty, dirty Oh Edward! I knew you were nasty underneath all your PBS special drawings. This is delightfully dirty, and only in a way that is most telling about the own reader's mind. Fortunately, mine is filthy. I had to read this for a burlesque show where everyone reads the same book- in this case- 'The Curious Sofa', and then writes a song inspired by it. If you'd like to take a look- I wrote a song from the view point of the main character in the book for this show- and you can see it here. Dirty, dirty girl!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngB01d... ...more
3

Sep 15, 2013

Almost as touching as an enthusiastic sore, bizarre horror and adult context are the topics that melts with the author's perturbed mind. And what I enjoyed the most about this short tale, maybe too short, was the meaning of every plot twist was left to the reader's imagination; in wich mine was nothing but a dreadful acknowledgement about (and this might be just my filthy and warped mind) the approaching end of Sir Egbert's party. Droll.
4

Nov 11, 2007

I always liked those Tipper Gore labels that turn up now and again on CD cases: "explicit content," they say. They seem to imply that the content of music is consistent (that all music is about sex, basically) and that the artist's limited freedom is in choosing to address it implicitly or explicitly. The Curious Sofa (or, say, Sam Cooke) is a good example of implicit content: work that, for the most part, remains unfairly undistinguished by a warning label.
2

Feb 11, 2018

Although I love Gorey's art and dark wit, I wasn't a fan of The Curious Sofa. There weren't rememberable characters, the jokes didn't always land, the variety of stories didn't flow great together, and I found nothing remotely erotic about the book. Not to say I went into this thinking it would turn me on... but at the very least, I expected Gorey to take sex serious at some point. He didn't and neither did I in liking this book.
Two stars for quality illustrations and an interesting attempt.
4

Feb 14, 2014

A small childrens size book for adults, beautifully illustrated by the "eccentric" (quite a mild word for this man!) Edward Gorey with suave, non-titillating Edwardian to early 1920s style fashions but with quietly shocking blunt statements, such as "Still later Gerald did a terrible thing to Elsie with a saucepan", of all forms of sexual and sensual adult play with a menacing, almost Gothic undertone. Chilly, truly for being such a sweet little book judging by its cover!

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