The Asylum of Dr. Caligari by James K. Morrow

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Read The Asylum of Dr. Caligari Online Free - The infamous Dr. Caligari: psychiatrist or psychopath? In this wry and satiric tour de force, award-winning author James Morrow (Towing Jehovah, The Last Witchfinder) offers a surprising and provocative take on a silent film classic.

In the summer of 1914, the world teeters on the brink of the Great War. An American painter, Francis Wyndham, is hired to provide art therapy at a renowned European asylum, working under the auspices of its mysterious director, Alessandro Caligari. Francis is soon beguiled by his most talented student, Ilona Wessels, whose genius with a brush is matched only by the erotic intensity of her madness.

Deep in his secret studio, Dr. Caligari, rumored to be a sorcerer, struggles to create Ecstatic Wisdom, an immense painting so hypnotic it can incite entire regiments to rush headlong into battle. Once Francis and Ilona grasp Caligari’s scheme in all its supernatural audacity, they conspire to defeat him with a magical work of their own...

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ISBN : 1616962658
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Gary rated it ★★★☆☆

June 15, 2017

3.5 Stars James 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 e...

Tim rated it ★★★☆☆

July 16, 2017

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,...

Vernice rated it ★★★☆☆

March 23, 2017

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 wi...

Jeff rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

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 a...

John rated it ★★★★★

October 28, 2017

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 wa...

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

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 D...

Pop rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

Art, Folly, Hysteria, Alchemy, and WarLust As 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 Wo...

J Aislynn rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2017

***This book was reviewed for the San Francisco and Seattle Book Reviews, and via Netgalley The 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, sanit...

Joe rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2017

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 w...

Keeley rated it ★★★☆☆

March 07, 2018

Got this one for review from NetGalley and finally got around to reading it. Unfortunately I did not finish this book. I got about 51% through it but decided to put it down. The story revolves around a few main characters, primarily Dr. Caligari who runs an asylum with questionable methods, a few...

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