The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy – Book Review

He is renowned for his quirky, yet imaginative film adaptations, including the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Big Fish, but what really runs through Tim Burton’s mind is a question we would all love to discover. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories is a 1997 poem book, written my the genius himself, of which contains stories of black humour based around the most strangest and disturbing characters only the mind of Burton himself could conjure up.

The book contains 23 poems/stories, all of which fall around a certain individual, with accruing themes of hybrid children, spontaneous transformations and motherhood appearing throughout. With the titles of “The Boy with Nails in His Eyes”, “The Girl Who Turned into a Bed” and “The Pin Cushion Queen” contained only to name a select few, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy seems to put across the complex formula Tim Burton now uses to make his movie making techniques far from the ordinary. Matched with bizarre, yet straight to the point illustrations, hand crafted by Burton himself, this book could be described as quite possibly “one of the strangest books of today”, but Tim Burton would not want it any other way.

A simple yet disturbing selection of stories and poems, which will have you talking and thinking for many dark nights to come.
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