Russell Hoban Angelica's Grotto

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Angelica's Grotto

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Angelica's Grotto is a pornographic website into which 72-year-old art historian Harold Klein wanders one evening. He first visits the Grotto after losing his inner voice, that censoring mechanism that keeps us from blurting our the first thing that pops into our heads.

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Harold Klein is a 72-year-old Philadelphia-raised art historian, now living in London. A resolute patient--cholecystectomy, appendectomy, prostate resection, hydrocele operation, triple bypass, cataract surgery, right-lung lobectomy, diabetes, atheroma, ischaemia, myocardial infarcts (two), hiatus hernia, vertigo, broken ribs, broken nose, you name it--Klein finds novel self-concern when one morning, he stops hearing his "inner voice", which has the embarrassing side-effect of causing him to blurt out what he's thinking. This propels him toward a new string of medical experts, psychiatrists and psychotherapists who attempt to find the cause of this new and mysterious affliction. At the same time, surfing the Internet, Klein's interest is caught Ingres' painting Angelica Saved by Ruggiero on the homepage of porn site Angelica's Grotto. His fascination with Angelica and the graphic rape stories detailed on her site leads him--or his alterego Ruggiero--into the uncharted waters of his own sexuality.

If that all sounds a bit off-the-wall, it's what readers have come to expect from Russell Hoban, an unpredictable and prolific maverick of a writer, probably best known for his Turtle Diary. Angelica's Grotto is of course a very funny book, its outrageous premise becoming more believable by the minute. But it is also an innately intelligent, highly original pondering of some of today's newly pressing problems of communication and interiority in a world committed to surfing, where "intimacy" means one-on-one-on-line. --Alan Stewart

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Russell Hoban is the author of many extraordinary novels including THE LION OF BOAZ-JACHIN AND JACHIN-BOAZ, TURTLE DIARY, RIDDLEY WALKER, MR RINYO-CLACTON'S OFFER. He has also written some classic books for children including THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD and THE FRANCES books. He lives in London.

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