The Swallowed Man is the story of Pinocchio‘s father, and what he was doing inside the whale all that time while Pinocchio was off having adventures. This is a short but absolutely delightful story about love and longing, with imaginative word play and clever illustrations. There are some dark moments, but overall this is a book about hope.— Donna
A truly original tale with themes of longing and loss. Beautiful images accompany the text, which was originally part of a visual exhibit.— Amy
'Haunting. Geppetto's voice, full of wistful overemphases and bewildered revelation, is absorbing as he takes in the oddity of his situation. And the book, sentence by sentence, offers much in which to luxuriate.' - Sunday Times
'Profound and delightful. It is a strange and tender parable of two maddening obsessions; parenting and art-making' - Max Porter
'Strange, moving and musical, it's a delight' - A. L. Kennedy
'A re-imagining of Pinocchio, told from the viewpoint of the beast-entrapped Geppetto, it surprise and delights, and saddens and gladdens, from start to finish.' - Jane GrahamI 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.
'Art objects live in the belly of this marvellous novel, images swallowed by text, sustained by a sublime and loving imagination. Like all Edward Carey's work The Swallowed Man is profound and delightful. It is a strange and tender parable of two maddening obsessions; parenting and art-making' Max Porter
'Strange and lovely' Rhik Samadder
'A beautiful and dark meditation on fatherhood, mercy, redemption and the alchemy of isolation. Strange, moving and musical, it's a delight' A. L. Kennedy
From the acclaimed author of Little comes this beautiful and haunting imagining of the years Geppetto spends within the belly of a sea beast.
Drawing upon the Pinocchio story while creating something entirely his own, Carey tells an unforgettable tale of fatherly love and loss, pride and regret, and of the sustaining power of art and imagination.