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The Night Country

The Night Country A ghost story that begins in everyday tragedy from a distinctly American master of both forms a scary sad funny mesmerizing read Stephen King At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England su

  • Title: The Night Country
  • Author: Stewart O'Nan
  • ISBN: 9780747571742
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • A ghost story that begins in everyday tragedy, from a distinctly American master of both forms a scary, sad, funny mesmerizing read Stephen King At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage AA ghost story that begins in everyday tragedy, from a distinctly American master of both forms a scary, sad, funny mesmerizing read Stephen King At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the leaf strewn streets and quiet cul de sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident Tim, who survived yet lost everything Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life and Kyle s mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town s bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy As in his highly prized Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, once again Stewart O Nan gives us an intimate look at people trying to hold on to hope, and the consequences when they fail.

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    1. I don’t like teenagers. Since I’m not a teenager, and haven’t been for some time, I feel fine saying that. Teenagers are self-involved, narcissistic and utterly boring. They are by turns sullen, indifferent, and hysterical. Thus, it has always been shocking to me (the post-teenage me) that our country allows them to get behind the wheel of an automobile. Driving is the single most dangerous activity most of us will ever undertake. And yet we allow the roads to be clogged with disinterested [...]

    2. It has been many, many years since I found this slim novel on sale in the cramped 'Cult Book' section of my local bookstore, so while my recollections of it are a little faded, the impression it's left of me is as strong as ever. Right now, in fact, my copy is sitting under a dusty pile of paperbacks on the other side of Dublin, but I can still remember a cover quote which claimed that all good ghost stories are sad ones at their core. If so, this must be the best ghost story I've ever read, bec [...]

    3. My friend Oren owned a battered, gold colored, extended cab Ram Charger in high school. Outside of town on the road leading to the Jarvis farm, where Oren worked when his pickup would start, was a set of railroad tracks set on a fairly steep hill for Kansas. For fun we used to gun the Ram Charger for all it was worth, getting up as much speed up as we could before going up the incline to the railroad tracks. The speed, the built in ramps would send us airborne. This was real Dukes of Hazzard shi [...]

    4. I was given this book a few years ago by a German colleague and I finally opened it up a few weeks ago. O'Nan is a writer who, like Paul Auster, seems to enjoy more literary celebrity in Europe than in the US. His books, translated into German, line the shelves of bookshop windows, you can even find them at airports and train stations. But I'm not sure if he's at all popular or "acclaimed" in the US. I found this book extremely disturbing, cold and creepy, and it left me feeling horrible and emp [...]

    5. I loved Lobster but didn't care for this. Like other people have said, the teenagers are kind of stereotypes and their voices are annoying. Mostly I just don't care for books that have an extremely straightforward, you might even say, non-existent plot, that are only moved along because the reader has to figure things out based on clues that would be revealed quickly in the course of normal storytelling. You spend half the book figuring out what Tim's plan is, when Tim, the police officer, and a [...]

    6. Another book that to me did not live up to its accumulative praises or its nice cover or the promise of its premise. Very stylized and unquestionably well written, this story of the ramifications of car crash just didn't draw me in. For one thing, it is severely mismarketed as a horror novel. While the story does take place on Halloween (both times) and does feature ghosts performing a somewhat very nontraditional haunting of their town and the crash survivors, it is very much a literary novel, [...]

    7. I can see why people are split on this one. I enjoyed the prologue, but the beginning of chapter one nearly made me put it down. I am one of those people that turns into a crankypants when presented with a present tense narrative if there isn't a VERY compelling reason for the POV choice. Here, I think there is one, but it takes a while for it to become apparent. Some elements of the narration were confusing at first, too. Having to go back and reread when I am totally paying attention (not skim [...]

    8. I feel like Stewart O'Nan is a great writer that invents depressing stories and rather uninspiring characters. Is that weird? I liked this book enough to try O'Nan again, but I had similar feelings the second time around too. Maybe he just doesn't work that well for me. 2.5 stars.

    9. As the first anniversary of their deaths in a Halloween car crash approaches, the ghosts of three teenagers drift through the suburban town of Avon, Connecticut. They are Toe, Danielle, and Marcoe. The crash involved no drugs or alcohol. They were driving too fast on a country road, lost control on a blind curve, and sailed into a tree. Tim and Kyle were also in the car. Danielle was sitting in Tim's lap in the backseat of the car and cushioned the impact. She was catapulted through the windshie [...]

    10. In a small New England town on Halloween night, a car hurtles down a wooded road, fails to make a curve and crashes head-on into a tree. Three teens riding in the car are immediately killed, one must resume life with the brain of a child and lacking his trademark rebellious attitude and the fifth survives “intact” but emotionally scarred. Officer Brooks, the first respondent, is also deeply affected by what he has witnessed. Now, those left behind are forced to alter their lives, live with t [...]

    11. My favorite O'Nan book so far. I noted at least one reviewer who felt that the teenagers seemed whiny and lacked depth, so I approached the book with some trepidation. But I feel that O'Nan really captures what it means to be a teenager. He builds up his portrayal with small details, like disagreements over who gets the shotgun seat and thoughts on the best places to hide drugs. His characters are not the cheerleaders and jocks usually cast in a high-school drama, but the outsiders who feel trap [...]

    12. My friend and dissertation director from grad school recommended this years ago. She taught it in one of her Gothic courses, recommended it not only as a good read but also as easily teachable, and added the extra enticement of telling me the chapter titles (all but the prologue) were taken from slasher films--interesting intertextuality. But I shelved it for a long time because, honestly, I hadn't loved the little I'd read by O'Nan in the past. I'm really glad I finally dove into this short nov [...]

    13. It's been a year since the grisly Halloween car accident that killed Toe, Marco, and Danielle, and disabled Kyle. Tim is a survivor of the accident - while Kyle survives, his mind and body are crippled and he's essentially in a state of limbo. Brooks is the officer who first arrived on the scene of the crash, and the past year has been difficult for him for a myriad of reasons. It's been a year when this story picks up the thread. Toe, Marco, and Danielle are back, visiting those that loved them [...]

    14. The Night Country is the story of the aftermath of a car accident (one year after the fact), that killed three teenagers. It is narrated by Marco (who died). Marco and the other deceased (Danielle and Toe) have come back to follow the two who lived (Tim and Kyle - who is now seriously mentally disabled). Toe, Marco and Danielle have spent the previous year leaping in and out of the lives of people who remember them, at the times they remember them (including while people are in the shower, appar [...]

    15. This premise was fascinating to me - Halloween night, last year a group of high school students are involved in an accident. Three are killed, one suffers severe mental and physical injuries and one walks away unscathed. Now Halloween approaches again and we relive the experience and see what is happening now in the lives (and deaths) of the five from the car, Brooks, the police officer who investigated the accident and the mother of the teenager who suffered the severe injuries. Marco, one of t [...]

    16. This book is not "scary", but it *will* haunt you. It is sad, and at times funny, and just feels incredibly "true". The actions of all the teenagers (living and otherwise), the downward spiral of Brooks (a cop involved in the tragedy), and the quiet but unshakable strength of the mother of one of the kids who suffered severe brain damage in the tragedy all feel spot-on, and weave together beautifully as the countdown towards Halloween and the 1-year anniversary of the tragedy approaches. I reall [...]

    17. Here's a novel that deserves to be made a poster child for the gentrification of popular fiction. A trio of teenage ghosts haunt their small town as Halloween approaches on the first anniversary of their fatal car wreck. O'Nan mutes the horror overtones of this scenario in favor of a mystery-novel structure (in which he peels back various narrative layers to reveal what actually happened That Night) as well as a tour de force display of his viewpoint prowess. A neo-Americana atmosphere pervades, [...]

    18. This short novel takes place on a recent Halloween night in the small affluent town of Avon, Conn. It is the one year anniversary of a car crash involving five teenage friends, three of them are killed. One escapes all physical injuries, and the fifth has facial injuries and brain damage. Then there is the policeman who was on duty that night and was on the scene of the accident and is connected to the fatal accident.What makes this an interesting read is that the story unfolds through the telli [...]

    19. I don't know if I ever read a novelist that shows so much influence from Ray Bradbury. The style is strangely similar. Unfortunately this brief novel doesn't do the Bradbury influence justice. The author puts the reader through a lot of logistical and stylistic calisthenics for a plot that is too simple and ultimately anti-climatic. The characterizations are stiff and stereotypical. Not recommended.

    20. This book is a heartbreaking look at the aftermath of tragedy. Told in an etheral style, it doesn't hold much in the way of plot. I usually prefer plot-driven stories over character-driven ones, yet this one held by interest. A great book that explores grief and regret in all its forms.

    21. THE LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER is one of my favorite books. The Red Lobster is closing in this New England town and O'Nan follows the various characters around. Sounds dull, right? This is fiction, but these people sound a lot more real than those in most novels. Ever since I've been looking forward to his next project.That's not the case with THE NIGHT COUNTRY, which was first published in 2003. I started reading it once before but had trouble following what was happening and set it aside. It's [...]

    22. Stewart O'Nan stories always feel to me like I am watching someone's life through an open window. The Night Country is a ghost story but I still had that feeling. Mr. O'Nan blends the ghosts of a Halloween night accident from a year ago with the survivors and those impacted by the accident. The story is narrated by one of the ghosts and he provides a unique perspective on the town a year after the accident. A haunting tale about loss and guilt.

    23. I loved this unexpected treat.ht in a charity shop because the cover intrigued me and really loved the bookfunny,poignant,moving and sharply writtena very clever and entertaining read,recommended even if ghost stories are not your thing.

    24. I will never grow tired of this book. The imagery and language is breathtaking and haunted. I was hooked by page one. I recommend this book to everyone I meet that reads literary fiction, horror, or mystery/thrillers.

    25. When it comes to Stewart O’Nan, I think he’s at his best when he goes dark. A Prayer for the Dying is one of my favorite books. The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy, Snow Angels and The Speed Queen are up on the list too. I was a bit surprised that I ran hot and cold on The Night Country; parts of it were terrific, but large swathes left me wanting more.Brooks was the most intriguing character, so the passages focusing on him were engaging. The other main character of Tim nev [...]

    26. Fun, modern ghost story that centers on a horrific Halloween-night car crash involving five teenagers and the disgraced policeman who inadvertently caused the wreck.

    27. Among the best living American writers. The blurb somewhere for this one calls him a "ventriloquist." But in fact he is more like a conjurer.

    28. Here’s a quick synopsis: A year prior on Halloween, a car with five teenagers caught the attention of a patrol officer and tried to outrun him. The officer gave chase and the car crashed, killing three of the teenagers inside, gravely injuring one, while one walked away with few injuries. Marco, Danielle and Toe (real name Christopher) died. Marco is narrating this book while Danielle and Toe serve as a sort of third-person Greek chorus, chiming in with opinions and dark humor when they feel t [...]

    29. Welcome, boys and girls, to Mediocre Hour! Here at Horror-Web, we like to dish out all types of entertainment. Sure, we mostly like to stick to the exciting or fantastically bad, but every now and then we like to share with you, our readers, the mundane. Why, you ask? Because we, the staff, feel that by experiencing our pain, you’ll better appreciate our highs and lows. So without further adieu, I give you The Night Country… Now, before we even begin, lets discuss the fact that this story is [...]

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