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This is a haunting story about the personal nature of grief. It shows the uncomfortable feeling people get when they get too close to a traumatic event. the story assembles several different stories of loss and coping, and the result makes the reader or listener feel uncomfortable. The story pushes our comfort zone a little.
at first I felt the story was fast and gripping but then it slowed down, took unexpected turns. I liked the detours themselves, but wondered how it would connect to the larger thread. It pulled through. Better still, between the larger theme and offhand comments, I found myself thinking I thought the same thing as the narrator. Simply, I had a feeling about an aspect of life and the narrator said the same thing. that's how this book impressed me.
I'll definitely read the lyrics of the mountain goats more (the lyricist is the author). I might even read his first book. i can't recommend Universal Harvester enough.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This story is not a thriller. It's a stylized observation of midwestern life in the 90s. Though well written, the story lacks substance....you spend most of your time waiting for a payoff, but are left with few answers.
I was extremely disappointed with the story and felt that this books only redeeming qualities were the descriptive writing and the performance by the reader.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
A seemingly slow paced novel which struggled to grasp my attention at first.
However, I'm not sure if it was the calming smooth pace of John Darnielle's narration or the consistent carrot on stick type writing which left me wanting to know more.
Definitely worth listening to and I garuntee you will want to know the story behind these characters after Part 1.
i have not being so moved by a book since I read 'god of small things' 20 years ago. This beautifully crafted hymn to the loss of family and home moved me to tears.
disturbing and captivating. but I'm not sure how many people will be satisfied with it.
Intelligent ,interesting and compelling .I don't read much fiction but I loved the depth and heart of this story.