The Stain

The Stain Review

In "The Stain" Rikki Ducornet tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, branded with a furry birthmark in the shape of a dancing hare, regarded as the mark of Satan. "Sadistic nuns, scatology, butchered animals, monkish rapists, and Satan" (Kirkus), as well as the village exorcist, inhabit this bawdy tale of perversion, power, possession, and the rape of innocence. Ducornet weaves an intricate design of fantasy and reality, at once surreal, hilarious, and terrifying.

Title:The Stain
Edition Language:English

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    The Stain Reviews

  • Warwick

    This wonderfully strange and hormonal B-movie of a novel has the feel of an uncensored fairy-tale, and I mean that in the best possible way. It's pulsing with onanistic nuns and Satanic alchemists and...

  • Paul

    This was my first Rikki Ducornet and it was well worth the effort; recommended by assorted GR friends (Scribble, Warwick and Lynne to name a few). It is set in rural late nineteenth century France in ...

  • Anthony Vacca

    During my two month hiatus from reviewing, I read through a slew of wonderful books that, unfortunately, I won't ever be getting around to reviewing. Two of these books were by the new love of my life...

  • Lynne King

    ‘ “I am …infatuated!” the Mother Superior admitted to the crucifix upon her return, her mind foggy with lust and self-loathing. “I am plagued with base longings of …voluptuous intent!” ...

  • MJ Nicholls

    The novel is Ducornet’s perfect form. She started out as an illustrator and artist, branching into writing children’s books and short stories in the seventies. All these are grist to her magical m...

  • Kris

    This, the first novel in Ducornet's Tetralogy of the Elements, is earthy in more ways than one. Set in a village in the Loire Valley in the late 19th century, the novel boasts bawdy characters reminis...

  • Ian

    Subversive IntelligenceThis novel was first published by Grove Press in America and then by Chatto and Windus in the UK, at the encouragement of Angela Carter.Carter loved its eccentricity and thought...

  • Cody

    Can a person call a book ‘ribald’ without coming across as a total asshole? No? Oh well…Poor Rikki Ducornet. You’ve suffered the unenviable fate of any book in the wake of RURD. Any failings a...

  • Nate D

    Opens at a fever pitch, a pastoral frenzy of verdant growth and decay and pious hypocrisy bleeding into mythic occult in fin-de-siecle France. From there, things only become more manic, churning and d...

  • Ian Scuffling

    A Gothic fairy tale of a story, Rikki Ducornet's The Stain is a novel of five senses that tickles and taunts, utilizes familiar images and motifs to reimage the bildungsroman. Visually alluring, full ...