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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A marvelous study of the long and fascinating history of bicycle manufacture in the Trobriand islands. Sep 07, John Whipple rated it it was amazing. Wow, The Broken Spoke looks fun, I will have to keep an eye out for that. Oct 14, E epiplectuc it liked it Shelves: Embley and Yewbert have a harrowing journey on an untenanted bicycle. Want to Read saving…. To ask other readers questions about The Epiplectic Bicycleplease sign up. I am very fond of the instance in which an alligator accosts them and Embley kicks it in the nose, and it expires.

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. It took me longer to read them then it did to read the book.

I kind of liked it. I desire there to be a clever play on words or an in-joke I can appreciate in the company of a select audience. I could find none of this here. What prompted me to give this 5 stars were the comments and reviews of other Goodreaders. I have read it again, and there are no hidden depths to be plumbed, as far as I can tell.


Gorey channels the surrealists in Les Insectes Cyclistes. Certainly not the most goeey of Gorey’s books children only beat each other with croquet mallets in this onebut maybe his funniest and most mysterious.

Apr 19, Darcie Saunier rated it really liked it. Prehistoric men attack a woolly mammoth, astride early bicycles. A quirky and non-sensical pocket sized children’s book, with many a laugh for all ages.

View all 12 comments. To find out involves research much easier now that we have the internetwith the ultimate gratification of having better understood the story though learning something new. Sep 15, Gerry rated it it was amazing.

Be the first to ask a question about The Epiplectic Bicycle. This title is included in Amphigorey Alsoand is currently available as an individual reprint in hardcover. Jul 15, Sarah Jackson rated it really liked it. Delightful and splendid with the usual Gorey whimsy.

Jan 01, Halah Ahmad rated it it was ok.

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For more information about this word go to: I actually had birds named Embley and Yewbert. Books by Edward Gorey. Justine Valinotti September 21, at Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. There is slight fading to the dust jacket. Gorey’s dark, dry humor in a story of two siblings who go on a bicycle adventure. Charming, absurd, not overly precious but totally lovable. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


From to epiplsctic, he 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. Dec 29, Olivia rated it really liked it. As I say, the internet makes this easier.

The Epiplectic Bicycle

Try it, say it out loud, it’s beautiful to say. Even the title sounds absurd yet beautiful. Newer Post Older Post Home. Just one more thing: I need there to be a little sense beneath the sill. This book was obviously once stacked in a sunny area under books, and some fading epilpectic at the edges. Apr 19, John of Canada rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Mar 04, Anetq rated it it was ok Shelves: Absurd and weird – epiplecitc a little too pointless for my taste Hardcover64 pages.

Feb 22, Whitney Watercutter rated it really liked it.

The front and back cover are very funny.