Quick Review: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bitter-sweet modern fairy tales, film-maker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance -- witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children -- misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings -- hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).


The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories is a collection of dark stories/poems accompanied with appropriate illustrations.

As one would expect from Tim Burton, all the stories are quite macabre, sometimes sad, and sometimes pretty dark. They talk about people who are different, and the way how they (not) cope with their differences. Some cherish them, some hate them, some are laughed at because of them etc.
There are some amazing stories which I love very much, but there are also some just okay stories.

All in all, I think this is a must have for a Tim Burton fan. But I would recommend this to anyone who (for whatever crazy reason) is not familiar with Tim Burton's work, but who enjoys stories about the darker side of human psyche, slightly twisted love stories, macabre atmosphere, and dark sense of humour.


Somewhere between



DMS said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I enjoy Tim Burton and will give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I always like Tim Burton's dark and twisted works, so I'm adding this one to my list. Thanks for sharing! :)


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