Observatory Mansions

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Random House of Canada, Limited, 2001 - Apartment houses - 368 pages
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Observatory Mansions was once the Orme family's ancestral home, a magnificent residence with beautiful grounds. Now it is a crumbling apartment block, stranded on a roundabout and inhabited by eccentrics.
Francis Orme, an odd little man who makes a living as a human statue in the centre of the decaying city, lives in Observatory Mansions with his parents and the other equally maladjusted misfits, all of them taking comfort in their solitude and curious harmony. In the cellar is Francis' treasured Exhibition. Carefully catalogued are all the items he has ever stolen.
But the arrival of a new resident upsets the delicate balance of Observatory Mansions and Francis finds himself taking drastic measures to protect the secrets of his past and the sanctity of his collection.

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Francis Orme calls himself the "attendant of a museum...of significant objects." His museum is his family's former estate, now a large apartment building encompassing a city block, the lives of whose ... Read full review


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Only thirty years old, Edward Carey has already achieved success as a playwright & as an illustrator.

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