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La voce della nostra ombra

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,090 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Joe Lennox è tormentato dai sensi di colpa. Da bambino ha vissuto per anni all'ombra del fratello maggiore Ross, brillante e carismatico, morto adolescente davanti ai suoi occhi sui binari di una ferrovia. Divenuto uno scrittore di successo Joe abbandona l'America e si trasferisce a Vienna, dove incontra i Tate, una coppia che lo introduce in un ambiente stimolante ed ecce ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 2009 by Fazi (first published 1983)
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Nickolas the Kid
Ο Τζο Λένοξ είναι ένας επιτυχημένος συγγραφέας ο οποίος για να ξεφύγει από τους δαίμονες της παιδικής του ηλικίας μετακομίζει προσωρινά στην Βιέννη. Εκεί θα γνωρίσει ένα πολύ ιδιαίτερο ζευγάρι, τον Πολ και την Ίντια. Οι τρεις τους θα σχηματίσουν μια πολύ καλή παρέα με κοινά ενδιαφέροντα (κινηματογράφο, ζωγραφική κλπ κλπ) μέχρι που ο Τζο θα αρχίσει να αισθάνεται ερωτική έλξη για την Ίντια. Η Ίντια ξεπερνώντας της αναστολές της υποκύπτει στην γοητεία του Τζο, όμως αμφότεροι δεν έχουν υπολογίσει τη ...more
Dawnelle Wilkie
Dec 30, 2012 Dawnelle Wilkie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This didn't work for me. In fact, it just doesn't work at all. Ghost story, love story, bildungsroman... it is unclear what Carroll was trying to accomplish but he was not successful on any of those levels. It worked on only one level and I will get to that briefly.

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
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Doğan
Jul 31, 2016 Doğan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okurken bu nasıl fantastik kitap yahu dediğim doğrudur. Fantastik ögeler geri planda kalmış. Neyse konuya gelecek olursak Joe Lennox isimli başarılı bir yazar ana karakterimiz; güzel bir çocukluk geçirmemiş, sürekli sorun çıkaran abisinin gölgesinde kalmış, abisi ve ardından annesi ölünce soluğu Viyana'da almış. Bu olaylara (çocukluğu, abisin ve annesinin ölümü vs.) kitabın birinci bölümünde yer veriliyor.

Tek kişilik sıkıcı küçük dünyasında yaşamaya devam eden Joe, gizemli ve bir o kadar eğlence
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Keith Deininger
May 01, 2015 Keith Deininger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Jonathan Carroll. Voice of Our Shadow has the feel of a classic literary novel about human relationships...and then it gets creepy. Loved it. Crazy ending.
Simon
Nov 08, 2011 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I wrote down my thoughts on this book, I had a quick look through some of the other reviews just to see what other people felt about it. It seems that this book is quite controversial, particularly for the twist at the end which turns everything on its head. Many of the reviewers didn't think it made sense, that it was out of context with the rest of the story. I have to say that I couldn't disagree more! It makes perfect sense and I liked the ambiguity of possible interpretations that it ...more
Thomas Rose-Masters
There is something strangely off-kilter in the several books by Jonathan Carroll I have read so far. It is usually a bizarre turn of events, and sometimes it works for me, fits in perfectly into the bigger picture after a while to get used to it. Oftentimes it feels as if two different books have got mixed up at the printer's, and the twists, when they come, disturb in a way that does not sit easily with me. Perhaps this is exactly what the author strives for.

The novel 'Voice of Our Shadow' see
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Isabel (kittiwake)
Joe Lennox, a young American working in Vienna, still full of guilt over the death of his brother over a decade before, becomes friends with an older married couple, Paul and India Tate, who are also ex-pats. The story starts off like a non-genre novel and nothing even slightly impossible happens until the half-way point when it becomes an unusual ghost story. Towards the end, I was wondering how the story could ever be wrapped up in the last few pages, and then there was an unexpected twist and ...more
Simon
Feb 12, 2008 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
There are books which make you stop reading every few pages. Sometimes it's because they're boring and your mind starts to wander. Sometimes it's because an observation, an idea, a character strikes you and you need to stop for a moment and think about it, digest it. Jonathan Carroll books do that for me.
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
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Bryan
May 01, 2014 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly disappointing read for me, because I was very impressed with The Land Of Laughs. In a lot of ways, Voice Of Our Shadow mimics the format of that book; the first half to two-thirds of each book tries to pass itself of as "literary fiction," only introducing genre elements towards the end of the book. An unlikeable main character, a twist ending, and of course, an affair (as R. Scott Bakker said, the affair is to literary fiction as dragons are to fantasy). The main difference be ...more
Hilary
Feb 01, 2012 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sasha
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, horror, own, 2015
OK, Karen! I just finished getting caught up on reviews so I could justify reviewing this one.

Many of my followers likely know of my love affair with Jonathan Carroll books. His writing enthralls me, his imagination consumes me, and his creativity and utterly shameless writing style are something I aspire to. Every world hat he creates is something wholly new and unexpected, yet at once so familiar as to be slipped into like a separate skin. Reading his books is an experience, and an addiction.
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Althea Ann

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
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Bibliophile
Feb 10, 2013 Bibliophile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a Jonathan Carroll novel this one was pretty mellow and understated, which is a good thing in my opinion. I'm sometimes exhausted by the anything-can-happen-shtick where nothing makes sense. This one was fairly uneventful, yet interesting and quite moving. Also creepy and disturbing, which is always nice.
Keith Pishnery
Feb 16, 2014 Keith Pishnery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scariest f**king book I've ever read hands down. Emotionally terrifying.
Louise
Jul 19, 2007 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fantasy and horror and weird endings
It's a good read, which falls apart at the end quite drastically. What was he thinking?? Note my use of two exclamations marks.

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
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Dark-Draco
I picked this up from a local libray sale only because it is in the Fantasy Masterworks series - I had never heard of the book or the author before. Now that I've read it, I'm not sure that I would call it fantasy. Yes, there are ghosts and vengeful spirits, but at the end of the book, I was more convinced that the protagonist had just gone mad rather than being haunted by his dead friends!!

It's Joe's story. A writer, fleeing to Vienna to escape the memories of his dead brother, he meets the eni
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Nicole
Jun 22, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
"Did I love her? No, I didn't. When we made love she often said things like "Love-yes! Love-oh!" and even then I felt uncomfortable, because I knew I didn't love her. As far as I was concerned that was all right, because I cared for her, wanted her, and needed her in many different, ever-increasing ways. I had long ago given up on the possibility of finding someone I could love totally and endlessly. Sometimes I tried to convince myself that what I felt for India was the only kind of love Joseph ...more
Marshall
Jun 11, 2012 Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also one of his better ones (not that he has really bad ones, just very good ones, excellent ones, and OMFG ones). Definitely not a case of sophomore slump; like The Land of Laughs, one of those endings you don't see coming and are kind of clobbered by, even though it all makes a kind of sense once you've thought about it.
Nathaniel Morgan
Aug 26, 2012 Nathaniel Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed reading this, though I thought Land of Laughs was vastly superior. However the ending was so shockingly awful that that it's put me off reading any more of Carroll's books. It's truly one of the most ludicrous things I've ever read. It would be laughable even in a straight to video horror movie!
Natalie
Aug 04, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and spooky. Jonathan Carroll has a wonderful way of grounding you in the beginning, then slowly pulling you into his world of fantasy. As a result, I buy into whatever world he constructs. I didn't like this one as well as some of his other books I have read, it took me awhile to push through the first bit, but was glad I did. This is a very dark book, but worth the read.
Julia
Dec 19, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy, creative art
Shelves: magical-realism
Carroll always varies between 4 and 5 stars for me. This one gets 4, since the characters are so cruel to each other that I found no one to "root" for. However, the story is entrancing as usual, and is one of the strongest in terms of tearing down the veil between what we consider "real" and what lies underneath. It's just that what lies there is horror in this novel.
cindy
May 06, 2007 cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just thinking about this book gives me the willies. Incredibly written and incredibly creepy. Yay for Jonathan Carroll.
Jess
Jan 04, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunting, surreal, and somewhat meandering (though constantly engaging) novel about the continuous working of guilt on a young man's life.
Spinwallah
Apr 14, 2012 Spinwallah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well i thought this was just about as spooky as it gets
Adam
Mar 24, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
terrifying.
Ben Loory
weird book. strangely meandering and disjointed, but it does come together really nicely in the end! lot of stopping and starting along the way. but definitely scary. definitely.
Celia
May 06, 2017 Celia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes but was so disappointed by this book, and I'm now giving up on the idea of reading all of Jonathan Carroll's works because this was so not worth my time. I read Land of Laughs in February and really liked it, but it had some issues and some of those issues were here too. It's only his second novel so other works by him may be good, maybe. I hope he gets better and gets his issues sorted.

This is a love story. Or maybe more than one. Freaking love triangle, again (it was annoying
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Pam Baddeley
An easy read and a rather deceptive book. It starts off a bit like a Stephen King novel, with the well realised horrible and sadistic elder brother Ross tormenting the younger one Joseph/Joe who is the novel's protagonist and first person narrator, and the tragic accident which inevitably results. Joe then suffers years of guilt though this doesn't stop him using the character of his brother and his brother's wrong-side-of-the-tracks friend as characters in a short story, which becomes a best se ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
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George
Oct 01, 2013 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον Τζόναθαν Κάρολ και σε γενικές γραμμές μπορώ να πω ότι έμεινα ικανοποιημένος. Βέβαια ήμουν προετοιμασμένος για ένα βιβλίο που δεν είναι τρόμου, παρόλα όσα λέγονται, αλλά slipstream, δηλαδή δεν μπορείς ακριβώς να πεις τι είναι, αν και έχει φυσικά στοιχεία μαγικού ρεαλισμού, οπότε το βάζω στο ράφι της φαντασίας για να μην μείνει ξεκρέμαστο.

Στο πρώτο μέρος βλέπουμε τα παιδικά χρόνια του Τζόζεφ Λένοξ, πρωταγωνιστή και αφηγητή της ιστορίας, και τον τραγικό θάνατο του τυραννικού
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Violet
Read enough Jonathan Carroll and one starts to see patterns, similarities that unite his work. Voice of Our Shadow is no different.

In this novel, haunted by the circumstances of his brother’s death, Joseph Lennox moves to Vienna and is enlivened by the change in scenery. Then he meets India and Paul Tate, who soon fill his life with friendship. Only his happiness is short lived, as he falls passionately in love with India and things quickly spiral out of control, pushing Joseph farther into the
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Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali ...more
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