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Wisteria Cottage

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 210 pages
Published 1985 by Arbor House (first published January 1st 1948)
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mark monday
An intense descent into madness, misogyny, and murder. Coates writes a pulp novel with literary flair. His prose rat-a-tat tats in short, sharp bursts, paralleling the bullets of accusation and conjecture that spray from his protagonist's mouth during every interaction. Shots fired outwards, but only rarely hitting their targets - soft bullets, easily dismissed with a laugh and an eye roll; harder bullets fired within, ricocheting around the empty echo chamber of his head. But a gun is not the w ...more
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Lucille
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lucille by: Mark Monday (who else?)
A psycho/poet sets a sojourn at the seashore,
In a summer cottage secluded
With a trio of unsuspecting ladies:
Two sisters, and a Senora
Whose summer sweetness
Turns heavily salted with
Unsettling
Sinister
Stalking!
A stranger, perhaps,
Or a pseudo son & brother?
There is danger in the dunes
Then slaughter on the sand.
::sigh::
SO very satisfying!
Ioana
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written existential portrait of the despair spawned by modernity's ills (the setting is an isolated beach cottage amongst the dunes, a mythical place only a train away from the hub of NYC, the obsession that drives the poet-protagonist is one of modernity's sins (i.e., the obscenity of flesh, the empowerment of women, the plight of social 'classes', and so on)--Wisteria Cottage gripped me in its intensity. Dark, melodious (the flow of the words is poignantly poetic), and compelling ...more
Peggy
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating read!
Argyl
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Story of the disintegration of a mentally ill young man into violent psychosis made much more interesting than most such novels by the depth of the characters who have the misfortune of finding themselves within his orbit and by the considerable literary skills of the author.
Fishface
This was a good read, based on the Albert Fish story -- but I should warn you, based on it so loosely that it was almost unrecognizable. This is about a man slowly sinking into madness and the author does a remarkable, subtle, chilling job of painting that picture for us. Highly recommended.
TrumanCoyote
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Just a template for this type of book. It really didn't get beyond the surface for me.
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Synopsis: much of it takes place in a country cottage near NYC. About an unstable man who commits many crimes including rape and murder.
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