Rating: 4.5* of five
My rave review of The Port-Wine Stain is live today The Small Press Book Review!
I’ve read other reviews in the book-blogosphere that were, shall we say, indicative of a certain disappointment in the blogger’s experience reading The Port-Wine Stain. I am not among these bloggers. It's a richly textured and colored depiction of one of the 19th century's great gifts to literature, Edgar Allen Poe (inventor of the modern concept "mystery" and eponym contributor to the Edgar Award) in relationship to an outsider who wants nothing more than to be in.
Poe’s proffered friendship has a profound impact on Edward in so many ways. As Edgar introduces Edward to every strange corner of the city of Philadelphia, he (deliberately?) changes the young man forever. It's a shivery good read.
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