Thorndike Press

The Swallowed Man

  • Edward Carey
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  • ISBN-10: 143288798X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887988
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 210 Pages | Hardcover
  • Available July 2021

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A New York Times Editors’ Choice

I am writing this account, in another man’s book, by candlelight, inside the belly of a fish. I have been eaten. I have been eaten, yet I am living still.

In the small Tuscan town of Collodi, a lonely woodcarver longs for a son. One day, Geppetto carves for himself a pinewood boy, and his handsome new creation comes magically to life. Pinocchio torments his father, making up stories — whereupon his nose grows before his eyes like an antler. When the boy disappears after one last fight, the father follows a rumor out into the sea, where he is swallowed by a great fish — and consumed by guilt. He hunkers in the creature’s belly awaiting the day when he will reconcile with the son he drove away.


Customer Reviews

“No Disney fairy tale, this is an illustrated, literary, poignantly erudite study in anguish, guilt, madness, soul-searching, and eventual redemption.”

— Booklist

“A deep and grimly whimsical exploration of what it means to be a son, a father, and an artist.”

— Kirkus Reviews