Green Face by Gustav Meyrink Mike Mitchell Online

Green Face
Title : Green Face
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ISBN : 9780946626922
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 246

A stranger enters a magician's shop. Inside, among several strange customers, he sees an old man, who makes him sick with horror. The rest of the novel chronicles his quest for the elusive and horrible old man.

Green Face Reviews

  • Nancy Oakes

    This is one trippy book, and that's putting it mildly. It is certainly classic Meyrink, though, and anyone who's read his The Golem would have to agree that the two books were definitely the work of the same person. Once again turning to legend as a basis for his book, this time Meyrink uses the story of the Wandering Jew, and as in The Golem, he also incorporates several different types of esoteric and occult elements within the text.In this novel, Kabbalah, Buddhism, mysticism, and other esote [...]

  • Eddie Watkins

    The Green Face is a book about disgust with the world. It was written during WWI, yet is set just after its end, and the populace instead of feeling relief is wandering lost, on edge, searching. It is set in Amsterdam, largely in its more disreputable sections, and what Meyrink does best is create poisoned atmospheres of dark mystery peopled by grotesques. He translated Dickens into German and there is a darkly Dickensian quality to his characters and his urban landscapes, but Meyrink is for the [...]

  • Andy

    For lovers of the surreal and decadent, there's a lot to like here. We have a protagonist who wanders through disreputible alleys full of pleasure-seekers and desperate people who seem fractured by the shock of World War I. The whole place feels like something out of a German Expressionist film. The writing can also be quite witty at times with some worthy observations.There's some memorable images and scenes, and some colorful characters too, the apocalyptic ending is like something out of "The [...]

  • Patrick Kelly

    Meyrink is an author I'm guilty of obsessing over. He represents a time in my life when I explored the "esoteric" or "mystical" in literary and religious texts, genres overflowing with old Judaic and Qabbalic symbolism. He's most famous for writing The Golem, which was adapted into a very famous silent film in the '20s. This if his second novel and was a critical and commercial success at the time of its publication in the late 1910s. It takes place in Amsterdam - the city itself is one of Meyri [...]

  • Bill Wallace

    There's really nothing quite comparable to Meyrink's novels.This one begins with a hilarious description of a "magic shop" in Amsterdam -- a gathering place for the shattered flotsam of Europe -- and ends with a physical and spiritual apocalypse that must have seemed prophetic in 1916. I find it very difficult to imagine how such a novel was perceived in the middle of the Great War, since it seems to be a parable of the destruction (and possible rebirth ) of Europe and of the individual soul cau [...]

  • Purnacandra Sivarupa

    Like Gustav Meyrink's more famous novel The Golem, The Green Face is more a narrative exploration of certain esoteric principles and practices than a straight-up novel. Period-specific issues of race aside—and really these are no worse than what we find in the likes of Lovecraft or Howard, who retain their popularity because of their style, imagery, ideas, and archetypal characters—Meyrink's insight into human psychology, socio-political and religious movements, and the exigencies of spiritu [...]

  • Jonathan

    The Green Face (Das grüne Gesicht) was written by Austrian author Gustav Meyrink and first published in 1916. Curiously, the events in the book take place in Amsterdam following World War One. The book opens with Fortunas Hauberrisser entering a shop to escape the crowds. The sign on the shop says 'Chidher Green's Hall of Riddles'. The shop sells a mixture of practical jokes, occult material and pornographic material. Hauberrisser is followed into the shop by a Zulu carrying a spear and who is [...]

  • J. Mark

    My first Meyrink and it still reverberates. A man is haunted by a green-faced apparition (Khidr? The messenger of revelation in ancient Judaic/Islamic lore). His obsession chases him into the spiral of his own death? destiny? self-revelation? A lot is left to interpret, but it's a thick, phantasmic and suspenseful journey.

  • Phinehas

    An apocalyptic, cabbalistic novel set in a decadent Amsterdam. At the center of this book is the legend of the Wandering Jew, who here is also the prophet Elijah and the Green Face of the title. Well written and effectively strange in tone, the novel is marred by the unfortunate ethnic stereotypes of the milieu in which it was written, (Austria, 1916).

  • Leo Ovidiu

    A very interesting journey to the heart of the world of one of the best fantastic story writers in all times. Very easily red, the book captivates from the first few pages. A must read for Meyrink fans.

  • Yvonne

    "Trippy" is a rather good description for this novel. :)

  • Arkadiy Volkov

    Опять его герои сталкиваются с гремящим "знаю твои дела; ты ни холоден, ни горяч; о, если бы ты был холоден, или горяч! Но, как ты тепл, а не горяч и не холоден, то извергну тебя из уст Моих", и опять раз за разом предпочитают становиться холодными. И это, конечно, печально.

  • Bennievermeer

    While not as archetypical as his masterpiece 'The Golem', and often a bit too schematic in its esotericism, Gustav Meyrink's second novel 'The Green Face' still makes for a gripping, mind-expanding read.Read my full review: brnrd/blog/archive/2013/02/25

  • Anna

    Beautifully written but not my cup of coffee.

  • Omar Francisco Olivares

    Es un libro espectacular, sin lugar a dudas. Tiene muchos niveles de interpretación.Me encantó.Muy recomendado a todos los de la vía interna.

  • Michael

    Whilst not as good as "The Golem", still a damned good read.

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  • Tom

    Another re-read. I never get tired of Meyrinck. I've actually re-read all of his books that I own over the last couple of months.

  • Michael

    A bit archaic in style, not one of is better ones IMO.