The Scorpions by Robert Kelly
the scorpions by robert kelly
the scorpions by robert kelly
the scorpions by robert kelly
the scorpions by robert kelly
the scorpions by robert kelly

The Scorpions by Robert Kelly

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New York : Doubleday and Company, 1967. First American Edition. Hardcover. 188 pages ; 21 cm. $3.95 dust jacket with a few small tears around the jacket edges. Lean to spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


This is the most brutal fairy tale since Andersen and Grimm yielded the form to Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Golding. It is comic, graphics and solidly mystifying: a pellucid dream of the aberrant American landscape.

The protagonist of this tantalizing and unique first novel is a fastidiously occult New York psychiatrist, but its hero is Kelvin, his C/r-Rolls-Royce. When people are at last forced to live in their cars, Kelvin will come highly recommended — and totally equipped. He repels vandalistic children and more deadly adults, and could probably do effective battle with some of the forces of nature. He also accommodates nubile women. Kelvin, in brief, is one of the most endearing cult objects of modern worship, inanimate only to those who can see no further than the truth.

Together he and his owner set out for Fort Lauderdale in quest of the Scorpion people, who may or may not be an optical illusion. Their journey becomes a fantasy peculiar to real life after the Marquis de Sade, Carl Jung and, for that matter, Sherlock Holmes.

THE SCORPIONS is an overwhelm-ing lunge of the imagination, with extensions in myth and allegory, mysticism and science fantasy, and probably in alchemy as well. Its originality is immediately apparent and always sustained, a pageant of the elusive surfaces of a world gone not so much mad as blatant: obsessed with and tormented by love-less ritual, ludicrous violence and terrifying visions self-inflicted and tenaciously endured.


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