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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June 15, 2017
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
July 01, 2017
This is a weird surreal adventure at the start of WWI, where Art and Sorcery in a lunatic asylum are used both on the side of good and peace and evil and war.
Dr. Caligari sells access to his masterpiece to the highest bidder. A masterpiece painting that compels its viewers into unbridled passion...
July 02, 2017
Art, love, magic and insanity in an alternative history explanation for the outbreak of WW1.
A wannabe American artist, Wyndham, comes to a strange asylum to work as an art therapist after being turned away by every famous artist in Europe. The asylum is run by the strange and magical Dr Caligari...
July 06, 2017
I am a sucker for Morrow's blending of fantasy, theology, philosophy, science, art, into stories that I can't imagine anyone else writing. This one got me to watch "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," which I had never seen before (and is a silent movie well worth watching).
Quotable quotes amidst the...