La voce della nostra ombra
My main complaint is the clunky, wooden, ridiculous dialogue. No one talks like this, no one has ever talked like this. No one has ever called their illicit lover "Sporty" or "Champ." At times the dialogue actually harms the story du...more
The novel 'Voice of Our Shadow' see...more
The characters of the elder brother and his friend were so spot on. I've known boys just like that: bored, bright, almost loveable, brilliant in their perceptiveness and not afraid to use it in any way that entertains them, often cruel but sometimes dazzlingly good fun.
The plot involves a young man, Joe, and an older couple, Paul and India Tate. He is charmed by them a...more
He describes the process of falling in love better than anyone else I've ever read.
His novels usually contain elements of fantasy (the dead come back to life, ghosts, magicians capable of "real...more
Jonathan Carroll occupies an unusual middle zone between the literary and the speculative - some sort of magical realism, perhaps - and generally does it well.I hadn't read much of Carroll's work for some years, but Open Road Media had a great sale, and I picked up a number of his books for great prices. I also picked up Lawrence Durrell's Justine, which I read just before this. After that wearing experience, I was somewhat hesitant...more
Il secondo (breve) romanzo di Jonathan Carroll presenta in formazione tutti i temi tipici dell'autore, la sua visione del mondo, il suo modo di costruire le relazioni tra i personaggi, il suo particolarissimo stile. Ci sono qui le premesse delle sue opere più fortunate: gli "strappi" alla realtà che si ritrovano in tutto...more
It's Joe's story. A writer, fleeing to Vienna to escape the memories of his dead brother, he meets the eni...more
Joseph Lennox is a young, successful writer who is emotionally haunted by a childhood incident in which he somewhat accidentally caused his older brother's death. Against the backdrop of Vienna, the lonely young man meets an older couple with whom he develops an obsessively immersive friendship... I don't want to give too much away, but the scenario (about half way through the book) develops into a fairly tense and horrific ghost story. (although the book cover bills this as fantasy, I would def...more
This was my first Jonathan Carroll book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I must say, I was pleasently surprised. If you step back and take an objective look at the first half of the story, it really doesn't seem like anything all that interesting: just a tale of a man with a haunting event in his past who falls into an adulturous relationship with a friend's wife. But Carroll's writing lifts the story to a level that kept me interested the whole way. Once the strangeness begins, you...more
Dieses Buch hat mich genauso wie die anderen Bücher, die ich von Jonathan Carroll gelesen habe, in seinen Bann gezogen. Die intensive Beziehung des Erzählers zu den Tates ist stimmungsvoll beschrieben und erinnerte mich in dem steten Gefühl, etwas Bedrohliches lauere im Hintergrund darauf endlich zu passieren, an Ian McEwans "The Comfort of Strangers". Das Ende der Geschichte kommt jedoch etwas überraschend und abrupt, so dass ich mi...more
Another swift and interesting read from Jonathan Carroll, with another self-centred, intelligent, not-entirely-sympathetic-but-all-too-human protagonist. Not as polished or creepy as Land of Laughs, but with the same facility for description and nuanced study of character and the permutations of relationships. But most of all, I'm actually still trying to digest that ending! I can't decide whether it's as abrupt and out of the blue as it feels (just as the character has no r...more
I had no issues with reading it to the end, but some of the events that take place, I just really don't get. Jonathan Carroll is known for his magic realistic horror prose style, but somehow I seem to have sompletely missed the whole magic realism and the horror. So, maybe I lost the whole point of the story - which the ending doesn't really help.