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Weathercock

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  304 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The confession of Dominic Francis Hood - Roman Catholic, sadist, conspirator to murder, witness to a miracle. His childhood had the usual benefits, but after watching a miracle performed by Father Malone, Dominic realises a part of him is skewed, and that mere fantasy will never be enough.
Paperback, 500 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Scribner Book Company (first published 2003)
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Tiffany Reisz
Dec 19, 2015 Tiffany Reisz rated it it was amazing
Sadism? Catholicism? Sex? Ghosts? Demons? This was dream book. Brilliantly written and funny and gross and wonderful. Highly HIGHLY recommended for people who like books about troubled souls wrestling with their demons - literal and figurative.

Just FYI, this book is nothing like line despite the presence of a sadist. Reader beware.
Lori
Sep 17, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who questions thier faith.. or likes to read a good story
Shelves: fricken-awesome
This is my third Glen Duncan novel. I managed to buy a used copy online, as this book is apparently out of print.

Ive come to realise that Duncan may be slightly (juuust slightly) obsessed with the catholic religion, God, and the Devil.

This particular novel deals with a main character, Dominic Hood, who, as a child.. sees what he thinks is a miracle, peformed by a priest. From that day on, Dominic finds himself thinking and doing questionable things, things he feels is the work of the devil, an
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Sonia
Feb 25, 2011 Sonia rated it it was amazing
I'm a little pissed that I didn't discover Glen Duncan sooner. Still, I think that might be a good thing, because I'm not sure I could have appreciated him as much then as I can now. I can only hope that some of his other work will strike me with the same open-handed slap that Weathercock did.

I think Duncan might be just slightly mental. I just can't believe that an author capable of writing this, can't be a little soft in the head. Yet, it's in no way a turn-off. In fact, I feel drawn to Mr. D
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Fence
Jun 25, 2010 Fence rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'll start this review by stating that ever since I read I, Lucifer I have been a fan of Glen Duncan. And this book has not changed my opinion one bit.

This is a book that deals with issues of good and evil, and of what it is to be evil.
It is the life story of Dominic Hood, the story alternating between his childhood, his past and the present. As a child he witnesses a miracle, or at least what he sees as the aftermath of a miracle but as he grows up he is constantly drawn to the darker side of l
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Paul Fleckney
Dec 12, 2013 Paul Fleckney rated it really liked it
This review contains mild spoilers.

I love Glen Duncan. No other fiction author can get inside my head like he can and then leave me feeling exposed, confronted and unfulfilled. At the same time, he is a highly talented writer who grips me from the first few pages and keeps me hooked right until the end.

Weathercock deals with the subjects of sexuality, sexual fantasy, sado-masochism, good and evil and religious faith with a touch of the supernatural thrown in. This is far more realistic territory
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Joe
Feb 11, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
Rarely does a novel feel this honest. Glen Duncan's trademark is to mix ordinary life events with at least a hint of the supernatural. In Weathercock, he tells the story of Dominic Hood, a man whose adult personality was formed in a tough lower middle-class Catholic school. As he grows into sexual maturity, he finds that sado/masochism is his strongest drive. He goes back and forth between more or less "normal" sexuality, which eventually bores him, and a cruel kind of sadism initiated by a woma ...more
Jo
Jun 16, 2009 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm really not sure how to describe this book. It wasn't terrible but I couldn't really say it was great either so my rating is somewhere around 2.5. The story follows the life of Dominic Hood from childhood into his 30s (or 40s maybe, it wasn't too clear). He appears to be a bit of a sado-masochist but is aware this is a 'wrong' side of him and struggles between what he feels is good and evil. Due to his Catholic upbringing he thinks it's the Devil that puts these thoughts into his head and mak ...more
Traummachine
Mar 30, 2012 Traummachine rated it liked it
This book was not at all what I expected. First of all, Duncan's prior book (I, Lucifer) was wonderful -- wickedly funny, remarkably emotional (made me get misty), irreverent, and original -- and I was hoping for more of the same. But Weathercock felt extremely different. I can see the similarities in writing style, but it's like comparing two novels at very different times in an author's career. So I was disappointed at first, but then made a big effort to view this book on its own merits.

The b
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Mirela
Sep 29, 2013 Mirela rated it really liked it
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I've publically declared my love to Duncan's writing already, and "Weathercock" has just rubbed it in. And I am glad I have read it. As much as I am glad for having read the other 6 works of his earlier because this one failed to address me or move me as any among the said 6 ("I, Lucifer", the werewolf trilogy, "Death of an Ordinary Man" or "The Day, the Night and the Day"). I don't know why it was so. The cruelty was here, passionate writing too, the heroes were the stripped-out social wrecks, ...more
Kirsty
Dec 23, 2009 Kirsty rated it really liked it
This has to be one of the strangest books I've ever read. I've certainly never read anything in this genre before, although to be honest I couldn't tell you what genre this would fall under.

It tells the story of Dominic Hood. When Dominic was a school boy he witnesses a preist performing what he thinks is a miracle. He then spends the rest of his life obsessing over religion, and the priest. Dominic, however, has sadistic tendencies, which he knows is wrong but is powerless to stop them - being
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ScottK
Apr 25, 2008 ScottK rated it it was amazing
I changed my rating from a 4 to a five , because I realized something as I digested it. I can really relate to Dominic Hood. Being a gay man, there was a time before I came out , and before that a time when I didn't even know what I was.......I just knew I was.....different. No I have never had a desire to be a masochistic person but still as he was struggling with the whole aspect of who he thought he was, I could totally relate. I went to Bible college to turn myself "normal" he was in search ...more
Fhiona Galloway
Apr 23, 2013 Fhiona Galloway rated it liked it
This is not my usual book choice. I thought it would have been a lot darker than it was...it did have me smiling and even laughing at times. It is hard to categorise this book but I'd say if you are into reading about relationships and inner struggle with a bit of religion thrown in then go for it. There is a dark side to the main character which at times is a bit uncomfortable to read about. I'm not really into reading about a persons life story and relationships so this is why I give 3 stars. ...more
Athina
Jan 05, 2013 Athina rated it really liked it
For me, this is by far the most disturbing of Glen Duncan's books. I experienced moments of disgust, rage and hatred towards the main characters, and there are certain scenes and lines that are etched into my memory (even though it's been more than 5 years since I read it). It's difficult to explain how I can give a high rating to a book I really felt uncomfortable reading, but it would feel even more wrong to deny that it's mesmerising and powerfully written.
Sophie Morgan
Dec 27, 2016 Sophie Morgan rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I bought this from The Works to get change for the bus and it's one of the best quick book choices that I've ever made.

Definitely recommend this book if you enjoy a tortured and troubled soul as your protagonist.

It's dark, it's witty, it's uncomfortable at times, it's fantastic!
Sandra
Oct 29, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Compulsive, horrifying, laugh-out-loud and awed enjoyment of the writing, this is a guilty rollick of a tale, despite discomfort from more than the effort of holding open such a fat book. Such characters. such a vivid view of boyhood, such a journey between good and bad and back again. Several times.
My life would have been poorer for not having discovered Glen Duncan.
Claire
Feb 02, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
a very well written and intelligent book. I enjoyed the complex main character, but some areas were very disturbing, nearly didnt continue with the book, but very glad I did. I have read a few glen duncan books and enjoyed them all so far.
Carmen
Jan 24, 2017 Carmen rated it really liked it
A friend whose literary opinion I trust completely suggested- and in fact gifted!- me this book. Beautifully written and morally complex, it did not disappoint.
Bhagirathy
Jun 17, 2011 Bhagirathy rated it it was amazing
quite complicated to understand at once.
Esme
Apr 21, 2013 Esme rated it liked it
As a lover of the dark and gory, this had a lot of lost potential, however an intriguing story with lots of well developed likeable characters and a story that tugged on the heart strings
Debra
Jan 05, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Duncan writes such raw characters--- never disappoints that way, but the ending was rather anti-climactic.
Sylvie Barak
Sep 20, 2014 Sylvie Barak rated it really liked it
Slow burner, this one, but more and more compelling towards the end. Not funny or witty like I, Lucifer, but beautifully written. Also achingly human.
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Aka Saul Black.

Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work,
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