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Ghost Story de Peter Straub
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Ghost Story (original: 1979; edição: 1979)

de Peter Straub

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"In life, not every sin goes unpunished." GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" "(The Washington Post Book World)" that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.… (mais)
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Título:Ghost Story
Autores:Peter Straub
Informação:Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (1979), Hardcover, 483 pages
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Ghost Story de Peter Straub (1979)

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I decided to finally read this after seeing it on almost every best of list I came across. Had to be an amazing read right? Nope. Started off very well with a man travelling around with a little girl who just seemed to be resigned to whatever was going to happen to her even though there was a marked air of something sinister beneath the surface. Then we cut to a little group of men who seem to get together regularly to tell stories, but again there's clearly something more to it. I'll never(probably) know what that something is because one by one they proceed to tell the most tedious stories you can imagine. I'm afraid I just don't have the inclination if I had the patience to wade through this kind of tedium any more. There are just too many books I want to read to waste time like that.

It's a shame that the author allowed the narrative to slow to a crawl after the first chapter because it really started very well. And it still amazed me that this is nearly always high on any horror best of list. I truly can't see why that would be the case even given the great start and a pretty good sinister, creepy undertone to the story. Just took too long to begin for my liking, and what I mean by that is, I feel the story really should have moved along a good bit further by the point I gave in, after all, I was heading for the 20% mark.

Disappointing, writing itself drew me in, but simply took too long to go anywhere and I just wasn't invested enough in the story by the time I decided to quit to attempt to continue in the hope it gets better. ( )
  SFGale | Mar 23, 2021 |
This one is what I would call a very slow burner. It’s long, and for a while it’s dry, and then it slowly picks up the pace until all of a sudden, wham! Scary good times! It tends to meander in a most circuitous way – although all threads are tied together by the end. The paragraphs are long and dense, and I didn’t like any of the characters - but – I must say that when I finally got to the good parts, they were enjoyable. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
One of my favorites from this genre.

I loved the way that Straub wove themes from classic horror tales (homage to "Turn of the Screw", etc) into the fabric of the story.

An excellent treatment of the cross-cultural legend of the "shape shifter" archetype in horror.

Interesting too, Straub's use of the weather as part of the horror in this novel. People who live in northern climates understand the power of snow and cold to isolate people from each other and turn normal, every-day life into a struggle to survive. The older I get, the more convinced I become that bad things just don't happen when the hours of daylight are long and the outside temperatures are just 10 degrees lower than our own bodies. For that reason, whenever I re-read this book, I try to do so during the summer months. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
Scary! I almost had to put this one in the freezer. ( )
  jenfried2001 | Dec 29, 2020 |
My first Peter Straub horror book I've read. I had originally tried reading it back in the 90's, but didn't make it all the way through. This time, I read the entire book. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting from a book entitled "Ghost Story". It's the story of some dark secret that haunts the past (and the present) of a group of old friends who call themselves "The Chowder Society". It's also the story of a writer named Don Wanderley whose uncle Edward was in the Chowder Society. It's more of a horror story than a ghost story. It's also very long and very detailed, reminiscent of Stephen King.

I found it amusing toward the end of the book where Don is watching old movies and sees Fred Astaire in one old movie with a Chowder Society jacket on. (The men always dress up to meet.) Fred Astaire plays Ricky Hawthorne in the movie.

I enjoyed the book and didn't find it that frightening. It's more about monsters than ghosts and has some odd twists and turns and it's nothing like I expected. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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"In life, not every sin goes unpunished." GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" "(The Washington Post Book World)" that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

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