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Author Mitch Cullin
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Dufour Editions
Publication date
August 28, 2000
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 192
ISBN 0-8023-1335-3
OCLC 43694283
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3553.U319 T53 2000
Preceded by Branches 2000
Followed by The Cosmology of Bing 2001

Tideland is the third published book by author Mitch Cullin, and is the third installment of the writer's Texas Trilogy that also includes the coming-of-age novel Whompyjawed [1] and the novel-in-verse Branches . [2]

Mitch Cullin is an American writer. He is the author of seven novels, and one short story collection. He currently resides in Arcadia, California and Tokyo, Japan with his partner and frequent collaborator Peter I. Chang. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, among them French, Polish, Japanese, and Italian.

In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood, in which character change is extremely important.

Whompyjawed is the debut novel by American author Mitch Cullin. It is the first installment of the writer's Texas Trilogy that also includes the dark novel-in-verse Branches and the surrealistic novel Tideland.


The story is a first-person narrative told by the young Jeliza-Rose, detailing the summer she spent alone at an isolated, rundown farmhouse in Texas called What Rocks. With only the heads of old Barbie dolls to keep her company, Jeliza-Rose embarks on a series of highly imagined and increasingly surreal adventures in the tall grass surrounding the farmhouse. [3]

A narrative is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, "to tell", which is derived from the adjective gnarus, "knowing" or "skilled".

Surrealism international cultural movement that began in the early 1920s

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects, and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Its aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality".

Tideland was first published in the United States in 2000 by Dufour Editions. [4] The book received major notices upon publication, including a review from New York Times Book Review [5] [6] which wrote that the novel was "brilliant and beautiful." Some have favourably compared the book to earlier Southern Gothic American literature such as To Kill a Mockingbird and A Rose for Emily , [6] while others, including Terry Gilliam and film producer Jeremy Thomas, have called the book a modern hybrid of Psycho and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . [7] A subsequent United Kingdom paperback edition followed in 2003 from Weidenfeld & Nicolson, with Gilliam's infamous blurb on the cover: "F*cking wonderful!" [8] Other editions have since been published in the Netherlands, [9] Japan, [10] France, [11] Greece, [12] Italy, [13] Poland, [14] Russia, [15] Turkey, [16] and Korea. [17]

Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature that takes place in the American South.

<i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> 1960 novel by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

"A Rose for Emily" is a short story by American author William Faulkner, first published in the April 30, 1930, issue of The Forum. The story takes place in Faulkner's fictional city, Jefferson, Mississippi, in the fictional southern county of Yoknapatawpha. It was Faulkner's first short story published in a national magazine.

In 1999, Cullin sent a pre-publication galley to Gilliam for a cover blurb, but Gilliam so liked what he read that he optioned the book with an eye to direct. [18] The controversial film version was produced by Gabriella Martinelli and Jeremy Thomas for Capri Films and Recorded Picture Company, and was directed by Gilliam and shot in Canada in 2004. Cullin was given a brief cameo in the movie and contributed lyrics to the soundtrack, [19] and the name "M. Cullin" appears on the mailbox at the farmhouse where much of the film takes place. [20] The script adaptation was written by Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni. [21]

Galley proof

In printing and publishing, proofs are the preliminary versions of publications meant for review by authors, editors, and proofreaders, often with extra-wide margins. Galley proofs may be uncut and unbound, or in some cases electronically transmitted. They are created for proofreading and copyediting purposes, but may also be used for promotional and review purposes.

<i>Tideland</i> (film) 2005 film by Terry Gilliam

Tideland is a 2005 British-Canadian noir fantasy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. It is an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel of the same name. The film was shot in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and the surrounding area in the fall and winter of 2004. The world premiere was at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival where the film was met with mixed response from both viewers and critics. After little interest from U.S. distributors, THINKFilm picked the film up for a U.S. release date in October 2006.

Jeremy Thomas British film producer

Jeremy Jack Thomas, CBE is a British film producer, founder and chairman of Recorded Picture Company. He produced Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2006 he received a European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema. His father was director Ralph Thomas, while his uncle Gerald Thomas directed all of the films in the Carry On franchise.


  1. Mitch Cullin (1999-08-08). "Whompyjawed publication info". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  2. Mitch Cullin (2000-04-01). "Branches publication info". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. Tideland plot from IMDB.com
  4. Mitch Cullin (2000-08-28). "Tideland publication info". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  5. Lewis, Jim (2000-09-24). "New York Times, Decomposition 101 by Jim Lewis (9-24, 2000)". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  6. 1 2 "Dufour Editions review page for Tideland". Dufoureditions.com. 2001-04-09. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  7. "Terry Gilliam's Fields of Insanity Oct. 13, 2006". Nysun.com. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  8. "The Skinny, Aug. 14, 2006". Theskinny.co.uk. 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  9. Mitch Cullin (2002-01-11). "The Netherlands edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  10. Mitch Cullin (2004-12-01). "Japanese edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  11. Mitch Cullin (2006-05-01). "French edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  12. Mitch Cullin (2006-02-02). "Greek edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  13. Mitch Cullin (2006-01-01). "Italian edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  14. Mitch Cullin (2006-07-01). "Polish edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  15. Mitch Cullin (2006-09-01). "Russian edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  16. Mitch Cullin (2005-03-23). "Turkish edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  17. Mitch Cullin (2008-05-21). "Korean edition". Redroom.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  18. "Cullin interview at Dreams". Smart.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  19. Tideland soundtrack
  20. IMDB.com film triva page
  21. IMDB.com page

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