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Bigot Hall by [Aylett, Steve]
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Length: 160 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Hall is a giant ascension machine in which the characters - Castanedan dreamers and stalkers all, except for our hero Laughing Boy - are the juice. Inside the escher folds they sit around talking bollocks till the cows come home.

Are the uncles really interchangeable? Will the annoying Roger Lang ever fuck off? Is deja vu really caused by people stating the bloody obvious over and over? Is Nanny Jack dead? Is the dog's opinion valid? Are there itches in the sky? Is the brain a parasite? What's with the Verger? Early pasta-hostile jokes mixed with body-horror, lucid dreams, etheric architecture and a few bits of satire. All disguised as a kid's book.


'Steve Aylett is without doubt one of the most ambitious and talented writers to emerge in England in recent years. While his work echoes the best of William Burroughs, it has the mark of real originality. It's hip, cool and eloquent.'
Michael Moorcock

'Aylett is one of the great eccentrics of British genre fiction.'
The Guardian

'Aylett's prose is like poetry.'
The Independent

'The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest.'
Alan Moore

'Shrewd and savage wit that scales astonishing heights ... A cult classic in the making.'
Melody Maker

'Aylett's distorting mirrors are crueller than most ... It's like the Addams family written by Peake on ecstacy.'
New Statesman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Serif; 1 edition (1 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M0U2LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #589,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As funny as choking on a toy poodle 24 April 2001
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Steve Aylett, Bigot Hall (Serif, 1995)

I spent the first few pages of this book alternating between offense and amusement. After a while, it hit me that I hadn't laughed out loud this many times per page at any book in quite a while, so I dropped the offense.

Imagine In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash (the book that inspired the classic film A Christmas Story) jacked up on PCP and going on a crime spree and you have Bigot Hall, Steve Aylett's impressionist biography of hands down the most interesting family in all of literature. The narrator, a nameless adolescent called "laughing boy" by friends and family alike, turns his jaundiced eye upon most every family member and lodger at the family's country estate, a living (or at the very least highly unstable, from a dimensional perspective) mansion known as Bigot Hall. Amidst the witty repartee (and this would make a good handbook for those who like to find stultifyingly obtuse .sig files) these rather twisted characters come to life quite nicely, to the point where one can almost believe some of the book's most outrageous moments. I won't spoil them for you, you'll have to read it yourself, but let's just say Aylett pulled off a pretty nice chunk of real estate in making the Verger's predicament seem not only plausible, but completely in line with the rest of the doings about him.

As with all books of the "selected glimpses of life" genre, there's no plot here, so the book must rely on nothing but character development to succeed, and it does so quite nicely. It's also choke-on-your-manacles funny from beginning to end. ****
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We are all God's children... whether he likes it or not." 26 January 2000
By S. Michael Wilson - Published on
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Steve Aylett is one of those author's who are best recommended to others by merely pointing to his book repeatedly while nodding wide-eyed. Nothing you can possibly say can prepare someone for the twisted tales from Bigot Hall, although an easy attempt would be to describe it as The Addams Family, only darker, British, and considerably less polite. If you like black humor in a gothic vein, mixed heavily with poetic pseudo-logic that makes your eyes bleed, than this is the book for you.
As Laughing Boy so eloquently states, "The most amusing thing about a pantomime horse is the necessity of having to shoot it twice."
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An irony fractal mapped to the agony plane 8 March 1999
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If reading Borges, playing with the Mandelbrot set, and maiming mimes are three of your favorite passtimes, you may be so taken with this book that every other author starts to read like Jane Austen. Aylett's prose is a finely-crafted caustic, guaranteed to give purulent hives to every patch-elbowed realism Creative Writing workshop leader. Clever yet not unbelievably insipid. If every author less interesting than Steve Aylett was stacked like cordwood on the moon, Id be the last to ask questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky 19 February 2003
By P. Godin - Published on
I laughed out loud many times when reading this. I became a huge Steve Aylett fan after reading Slaughtermatic and this collection of stories certainly doesn't disappoint. The episodes with Roger Lang and in general anytime Snap and the Verger get together are hilarious.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The comparison to In God We Trust 3 August 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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is excellent. Imagine Jean Shephard's childhood with the surrealistic slant of alien boarders, living dead relatives, incestuous daydreams. Yes, you will shoot your eye out.