In a country village, a family of New Yorkers encounters a chilling ancient rite
After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature - and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.
When the Constantines win the friendship of the town matriarch, the mysterious Widow Fortune, they are invited to join the ancient festival of Harvest Home, a ceremony whose quaintness disguises dark intentions. In this bucolic hamlet, where bootleggers work by moonlight and all of the villagers seem to share the same last name, the past is more present than outsiders can fathom - and something far more sinister than the annual harvest is about to rise out of the earth.
©1973 Thomas Tryon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
this is billed as an "oh my god" horror novel but it is not like that at all I don't think. it is well done and a lot more in it than i remembered from having read it years ago. If you're familiar at all with Fowle's The Magus, the film the Wicker Man, fertility rites, Burnt Offerings, greek myth and Eleusinian mysteries you will pick up on what's going on early on and for that reason it didn't surprise me nor shock me.
I like it very much for all those reasons (tidbits of lore and history etc.) and i think it is well researched as far as that goes. Joseph Campbell deals with a lot of fertility rites etc that have some shocking elements and I think that Tryon's overall "reconstruction" of a society of that type is very well thought out.
I can't rank it as highly as The Other as i feel there are some moments that needed to be redrawn as they got a bit unbelievable or cliche, and i think that it meanders a bit along the way to it's goal, whereas the Other didn't feel like there was anything extraneous in it.
Overall I'm glad i revisited it and found many things in it that i'd totally forgotten and it is better than i remembered. A friend liked this one better than Other. I think that with a little more pace, it could make for an excellent film if someone like HBO took the time to do a little mini series and cover all the important detail.
(i do think the narrator was fine but a little lackluster, some moments needing more emotion in a character's voice than he gave)
The story draws you into a quaint perfect little village. I found myself jealous of the closeness that everyone shared.
But then the sinister side is revealed....
The ending was a complete surprise. I never saw that coming!
This is a very well written book and the narrator does an excellent job.
It's creepy under tone
You can't see what's coming next.
Very well told
When Mr Constantine saw the scarecrow of Worthy Pettinger
The different intonations of the characters by the reader. The characters were defined.
There were two parts - one involving Worthy Pettinger and the other involved Justin Hook. The detective work behind Gracie Everdeen was very interesting and kept me very interested in the story.
He was able to read with a buildup to certain parts that kept me waiting for more. Some parts had me holding my breath!
Absolutely - I had to work darn it!
I was not a fan of audio books and a friend told me it was the way to go as she has a little bit of a commute which helps while the time away. She was right and I am hooked. My husband and I have been listening every day for 1-2 hours with a healthy discussion during the breaks we take. It is a nice bonding experience and I can't wait for the next audio book experience. Plus it brings back the highlights of the movie with Bette Davis and Dan Akroyd as well as the book which I have read a few times.
Northern Michigan, USA Free thinking restaurant owner
While the book itself is slightly dated, I find interesting that it's dealings with religion are so current in some respects. I cannot say much without spoilers, so I must leave it at that! The ending was a surprise and it was fun not to have guessed correctly!
Loved It! Excellent narration, lots of foreshadowing & symbolism. Suspenseful buildup to the very end.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I really didn't like this book. It was the only one I've ever considered not finishing. The main character was very unappealing for me, strangely disaffected for most of the novel until a particularly disturbing scene when I thought he must have morphed into a character who grew a personality - a not all together likeable one either. Tedious story telling and dated dialogue that I could not get to fit in my modern world sensibilities. Predictable to a fault and an ending that was lackluster and fully expected. I tried the book based on the strong reviews and I am left wondering if I experienced an altogether different book. Don't waste your credit if you are a fan of this genre...it will leave you disappointed.
I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.
The end result was a decent story but there are far too many long, drawn out boring parts to this book. Based on other reviews on the Internet, I thought this would be an awesome listen. I nearly returned it but decided to give it a chance.
Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Find a synopsis somewhere else and save yourself 15 hours.
Cut out 4/5 of the endless, boring background story.
None of the characters were favorites. I actually found all of them quite annoying.
"Chilling tale of tradition and conspiracy"
Enjoyed this well written and skilfully crafted tale. Will definitely explore more of this authors work
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