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Justin Evans

Autor(a) de A Good and Happy Child

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Obras de Justin Evans

A Good and Happy Child (2007) 656 cópias
The White Devil (2011) 382 cópias
Hobble Creek Almanac (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Sailing This Nameless Ship (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Cenotaph 1 exemplar(es)

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A really good ghost story! It was made even more creepy by the fact that Harrow School is a real place (I didn't know that when I started the book). The author clearly loved Harrow School and loves literature. This was a page turner of the best kind!
Carmentalie | outras 37 resenhas | Jun 4, 2022 |
A strange book-- equally critical of psychiatric explanation (including medical) and religious explanation of evil and how to deal with it, the story centers around a man who needs to remember. His memories become very disturbing, leaving a profound effect on his current life.
WiebkeK | outras 27 resenhas | Jan 21, 2021 |
Definitely had to suspend belief a bit - but the story was interesting and exciting.
snakes6 | outras 37 resenhas | Aug 25, 2020 |
I read this whole book, so it gets more than one star, but it was something of a disappointment.

It's remarkably down on psychiatry, and while I admit the field has its failings, I find the relentlessly negative portrayal a little one-sided and tiresome. But that's not what irritated me the most about this novel.

Most of the characters are faceless names, essentially interchangeable suits of clothing interacting with one another, but even that didn't irritate me much.

The most irritating thing about this novel is the narrator's voice. It's not consistent with the set-up of the novel. An example passage, written by George of Today from his memories as a child of eleven, summing up a person he's recently met:

"No, there was another type that gravitated to Preston. Unlike their sensualist brethren, these were professionals, often out-of-towners, who quietly fell in love with Stoneland County's creeks and mountains and honeysuckle---and out of love with their white-collar jobs. They moved through Preston society with a gentle, almost monastic air, like they'd found something so special they didn't want to move too fast, or speak too loud, for fear of breaking it. Kurt, I reckoned quickly, was one of these." (70)

So, George is supposed to be precocious. I get that. I'm the mother of a precocious just-turned-twelve myself, and they do say some remarkably insightful things. But precocious or not, an eleven-year-old is not going to make observations like these. This kind of remote, somewhat sarcastic generalization of a population is something an adult would do, not a precocious pre-teen. I could see a teen doing this sort of thing, accurate or not, showing off their worldliness, but at eleven, I'm not sure that kind of awareness has developed. Eleven is still so inward-focused.

And sure, one could argue that this was written by an adult as a memory of childhood (even though he says that he "reckoned quickly" that Kurt was a particular type, implying that he did this at age eleven), and he could have come to these conclusions over years of reflection, but on the very first page, the narrator tells us,

"In fact, I can honestly say I had no memory of the events I describe in these pages---meaning no conscious memory, no current memory. They are things I experienced in childhood, then tucked away in a file along with the soccer games, the Christmas presents, and the illicit midnight Nutter Butters."

This doesn't sound like the kind of memory one has turned over in one's brain over the decades. He's shut the door on these memories, and that implies that all of his reflections will be those of his eleven-year-old self. So either the author overstated the lack of memory at the beginning (a rather melodramatic move), or he wrote all of the "notebook" recollections from a perspective that doesn't fit the story.

Maybe one could argue that the demon---quietly with him all of these years---had revealed all of these insights to him and the journals were in some way written under the demon's influence, but that doesn't seem consistent with the rest of the story. And if it's all supposed to be notebooks, even setting aside my incredulity that he can remember all of that dialogue so clearly and that he would write in that much detail a part of his life that he's not even thought about in thirty years, I don't really see how the shift to present tense in the last part of the closing chapter makes sense. Did he go back and write that bit in present tense in the notebook? I just don't buy it.

And that's the biggest problem I have with this novel. Despite some pleasantly spooky scenes and an interesting theme, I just don't buy it.
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ImperfectCJ | outras 27 resenhas | Jun 28, 2020 |



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