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Monday, September 15, 2003
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other Stories - Tim Burton 

Title
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy
and Other Stories
Author
Tim Burton
Heheh. Finally I'm able to sit down and write a review, but not before I apologise profusely to Grace and the others for the horrible horrible delay. Ahem. It's my first review, so forgive any mistakes and other such flaws.

I have to warn though, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy is not for everyone. It's a personal glimpse into the artist that is Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow), and also into some of our commonest fears. The book is a collection of 23 short stories and poems by Burton about children who do not fit in..because they're shaped strangely or are just plain weird. Even their parents hate them and in one case, eventually eat one of them (I'll leave it to you to figure out who).

There's the story of Stain Boy (one of my favourites) who leaves a greasy stain wherever he is, Robot Boy (the result of a liason with a kitchen appliance), Junk Girl and many more. Macabre as they may be, these stories have an enduring, universal message: that being accepted may be the dearest thing to get in the world. It's difficult enough being different without having to live with the cruelty some of us are capable of. The stories inside may disgust you, make you angry or even sad. But underneath the grotesque exteriors lie a simple plea for acceptance, one that for some of us, is as normal as a breath of air.

I'd recommend this highly to anyone willing to look outside of the box, for a little while. Tim Burton's world may be scary and he may leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth, but the trip just might be worth it. Coming up soon: Neil Gaiman's Coraline and Tom Baker's The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

Embiggened!  # 11:32 PM
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