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Nothing But the Night

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Three directors of the Van Traylen Fellowship have died in gruesome ways, and now a bus carrying children to the Fellowship's orphanage has crashed, killing the driver and injuring seven-year-old Mary Valley. While in hospital, Mary, the daughter of triple murderess Anna Harb, suffers horrifying nightmares, and psychiatrist Peter Haynes believes she is mentally ill. Is it ...more
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Yousra
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية مثيرة جدا ومشوقة حتى النهاية ... غامضة وبها لمحة سوداوية مع شيء من الرعب ... هي مزيج من الخيال العلمي والرعب والقصص المتعلقة بالنفسية ... كنت بالفعل لا أستطيع التأكيد على أي شيء يخص أبطالها، فأغلبهم مرسومين بشكل يسمح بكونهم الطيب والشرير والممسوس والمظلوم والظالم والمريض النفسي والعاقل، باستثناء عدد قليل من شخصيات الرواية فالباقين شخصياتهم تبدو خادعة جدا ومركبة

مرعبة قليلا عندما تسير مع الافتراضات المرعبة ومرعبة كثيرا إن فكرت فيها بعدما تنهي الكتاب

أقيمها بخمس نجمات لاختيار المترجمة لهذه ا
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Ioana
A truly bizarre, gritty-noir "rediscovered" little book worthy of a cult following. Bravo, Valancourt Books!

In order to convey the oddness and off-the-beaten-path nature of this work, it's necessary to explain why I even have it in my possession. I mean, it only has 12 ratings and 2 total reviews on Goodreads - not something I'd usually consider picking up. So, it all started with taking a chance on an Amazon recommendation of a "rediscovered classic" - The Elementals by Michael McDowell, an
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Abeer
كنت أريد قراءة خفيفة مسلية سريعة.
يُفترَض أنها رواية إثارة وتشويق. لاحظت أنها مكتوبة بنفس الأسلوب الذي كان كاتبا روايات مصرية للجيب يحاكيانه، وما قرأت من سلاسل روايات مصرية يصلح للتسلية ويمر سريعا، لكن هنا مللت وأكملتها بصعوبة. ربما تغير ذوقي أو أنها فعلا مملة.

- يعيبها كثرة الأخطاء الإملائية، وتكرار الخلط بين الحروف كالخلط بين الزاي والذال مثلا في كثير من الكلمات.

- لماذا تُرجِم العنوان Nothing but the Night إلى "لا شيء سوى الظلام" وفي النص تُرجِم الاقتباس الذي أُخِذ منه العنوان "لا شيء سوى الليل
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William Oarlock
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
John Blackburn's twelfth novel and one of the finest.

When psychologist Peter Haynes is murdered while attending to indefinably disturbed Mary Valley, the immediate suspect is the girl's homicidal mother Anna Harb fleeing the scene.

Sir Marcus Levin calls in General Charles Kirk and the two make their way to the remote Scottish island of Bala, where a children's home run by the Van Traylen Foundation where Mary resides is the natural place for the madwoman to head. But Kirk and Levin make further
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Greg Gbur
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m happy to announce that another of John Blackburn’s classic horror novels has been reprinted by Valancourt Books, and again it features an introduction by me — Nothing but the Night!

When a bus crashes that is carrying orphans from the Van Traylen Home, one of the children, Mary Valley, is injured and taken to the hospital for observation. Psychiatrist Peter Haynes is convinced that something is wrong with the young girl, who suffers from traumatic nightmares of events that she could not possi
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Ahmed Gohary
قصة استحواذ معتادة لطفلة صغيرة
الاحداث متوقعة وبالرغم من موضوع الرواية الا انها غير مخيفة بالمرة
هل اثرت الترجمة في جودة الرواية ، لا أدري لكن تجاربي السابقة مع ترجمات شيرين كانت جيدة فمن الواضح ان مشكلتي مع الرواية نفسها
طارق عز سيد
رواية جميلة
ترجمة ممتازة
مراجعة مرئية للعمل ضمن قراءات شهر فبراير


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Alex
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1968, horror
Strange coincidental deaths, a group of wealthy older people, and a child with nightmares about someone being burned alive. A mix of horror, thriller, and sci fi that all comes to a great reveal and conclusion at the end.
Jonathan Norton
This is the Blackburn novel that got turned into a Hammer production. There's plenty for them to work with, with a murderous clairvoyant, weird children, a mysterious charity run by millionaires and based on a remote Scottish island, and of course brain transplant experiments. But more affecting is the character background: everyone has been broken by the real horrors of the 20th century. General Kirk mourns his son lost in the Battle of The Atlantic; Levin survived the Warsaw Ghetto and the con ...more
Pete
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought that I would give Blackburn another try. Read "For Fear of Litte Men" years ago, but barely recall the book. Chose this novel because I saw the film with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The film seemed a little awkward, but the central idea of child possession had a nice twist. I think the novel would read better if I did not know this twist in advance. I like Blackburn's style in that his prose is clean and simple, the characterizations more than adequate and the plot fast. This book ...more
Ben
Jan 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Entertaining mix of thriller and horror that was later made into a Christopher Lee film in the 70's. Refreshing, straightforward style...I look forward to reading more of his work. ...more
Deborah
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this when it first came out in 1968/9. very scary and unsettling. I enjoyed it so much I sought out everything he wrote, as I recall.
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John Blackburn was born in 1923 in the village of Corbridge, England, the second son of a clergyman. Blackburn attended Haileybury College near London beginning in 1937, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II; the shadow of the war, and that of Nazi Germany, would later play a role in many of his works. He served as a radio officer during the war in the Mercantile Marine fr ...more

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