Binstead's Safari


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$15.95  $14.83
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Rachel Ingalls (1940-2019) was born in Boston and lived in the UK from 1965 until her death. She wrote the novels Mrs. Caliban and Binstead's Safari as well as numerous novellas and short stories.


Perfect, original and arresting. Ingalls's narrative is a miracle of economy and grace: tender, exquisite, and tragic.--Christine Smallwood
A slim, surrealist masterpiece.--Justin Taylor
By marrying domestic realism with the literature of the bizarre, Ingalls brings tenderness to the monstrous and renders the recognizable utterly weird. Unabashedly campy and deadly serious, she dares the reader to admit that these aims are not at all at odds.
A feminist, fabulist, magical realist romance set in London and Africa... Another witty, elegant story from a writer whose atavistic vision of romantic love is resonant and deeply satisfying. Escaping the overblown egos and endless self-indulgence of the males of their own species, Ingalls' women find their true soul mates elsewhere.
Outstanding.--Michele Leber"Beintead's Safari Booklist" (12/20/2018)
Ingalls writes fables whose unadorned sentences belie their irreducible strangeness...In her grim yet playful fashion, Ingalls is concerned with the rules and conventions by which societies are organized, the violent machinations by which they are maintained. Like a good tragedian, she tends to heap up corpses at the end of her tales, and even in her quieter examinations of familial bonds she leaves readers to wonder, of her spouses and siblings, who might push whom off a cliff.-- (03/04/2019)
Ingalls anchors her soaring premise with heavily controlled, modest prose...a domestic thriller.-- (03/21/2019)
Binstead's Safari is a page-turner, a romance, a comedy, a tragedy, a domestic novel and a fish-out-of-water tale, with a bit of magical realism thrown in. It's amazing and original, and it's great to see it back in print.-- (04/28/2019)