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The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll's Imbroglio

by Edward Gorey

Absurd
1987

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About the Story

Skrump flung a damp sponge at Naeelah.

If you are interested, turn to 6.
If you aren't, turn to 2.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: November 1, 1987
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: Print
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 3e3ngvuy1y7wsu26

Editorial Reviews

Goreyana
The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll's Imbroglio is yet another interactive book by Edward Gorey. In this publication, we once again see Mr. Gorey's child-like fascination with books and the experience of reading. On each page, the reader is asked to answer a multiple choice question. Based on the answer, the reader is instructed to turn to a specific page and continue the story. In this way, the book tells several stories using the same characters.
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These Heterogenous Tasks
A number of options seem like complete non-sequiturs: “If you loathe prunes more than you do turnips, turn to 22.” Some are meta-choices: “If you want to keep on with the story, turn to 25. For a meaningful aside, turn to 15.” Most, though, are about the player expressing moral approval or disapproval of what’s happening, even though all the events are much alike. There’s a sense that your agency is being… not even denied, exactly; but the possibility of it mattering is made to seem ridiculous.
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