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The Other (New York Review Books Classics) Kindle Edition
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“A lyrical, impressive horror story that is a cross between The Bad Seed and John Cheever’s The Wapshot Chronicles.” – Los Angeles Times
“This first novel from Thomas Tryon is a distinguished one, it may well leave you blenched with horror, but it is beautifully, even poetically, wrought, and within its boundaries there would seem an actual divination into the spirit of murderess insanity….In due time The Other will doubtless become one of the classics of horro tales, comparable to The Turn of the Screw.” – Dorothy B. Hughes Los Angeles Times
“Like most professional writers, I resent Tom Tryon’s The Other, since Tryon should get on with the job of being a good actor and not write good books as well. Enough is enough already. The Other is a highly readable chiller.” – Anthony Burgess
“If you're looking for a good scary book to enjoy this Halloween, here is a suggestion: The Other by Thomas Tryon. The 1971 horror classic is a tale of a seemingly bucolic farmhouse in a small Connecticut town in the 1930s. There are no vampires in the story, no ghosts, no swamp monsters or ghouls or zombies or witches. There are two little boys, twins Niles and Holland, the picture of innocence. Or so it seems. The story is told in the voice of one of the boys, now older and a resident of a sanitarium. Insanity, it seems, is a family inheritance, and insanity is at the core of the chilling story that slowly unfolds and culminates in some horrifying deaths.” – Advocate (Baton Rouge)
“Truly extraordinary! One of those books over which everybody will take leave their senses, all seven of them…” – Kirkus
“A smashing suspense-horror novel.” – Minneapolis Tribune
“A humdinger…A whirlpool of Oh-My-God horror. Please congratulate Mr. Tryon for me. What a marvelous job he’s done.” – Ira Levin, author of Rosemary’s Baby
“Tryon succeeds in creating a story that cast a subtly savage spell.” – Saturday Review
“The Other is an all-out war on reality.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“The most memorable chiller-thriller to come along since Rosemary’s Baby….A tale of evil obsession with surprises and shockers.” – Hartford Courant
“Thomas Tryon has unfolded a horror story of supreme proportions.” – Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
“A psychological thriller that you read a second time to see how the author did it.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Thomas Tryon’s The Other will scare the hell right out of you….You’re almost afraid to turn the next page.” – Rocky Mountain News --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B007SGV7HY
- Publisher : NYRB Classics (October 2, 2012)
- Publication date : October 2, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 383 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #342,258 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although it captures an era decades before I was born, a big reason why this novel sucked me in is its care with everyday details: a world of crystal radio sets, trollies, kewpie dolls, and neighborhood fishmongers. The notorious news of the day was the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, The geography is the New England mapped by Stephen King; the mood, steeped in childhood nostalgia, is Ray Bradbury's. The difference is that Tryon, though far less prolific than those giants in the field, is a better writer than either. His prose is poetic in its diction, range of colors, and metaphors, but it's never pretentious. The atmosphere unsettles from the start and grows more frightening. The most chilling events are described with restraint. This is one of the best-written thrillers I have ever read. It's also one of the best-written books of any kind I have read in a long time.
Chaon stresses "legerdemain" as the secret to Tryon's triumph in "The Other." I could not agree more. Now that I know the plot, I intend to reread the book to enjoy its construction, its skillful misdirection, its lightness of touch, its — legerdemain.
Tryon is excellent in building suspense and keeping the reader off kilter as to what new horror will come next. He also is great at keeping the secrets of the Perry family and keeping the reader guessing as to what is reality and what is the imagining of an unreliable narrator. It holds the reader's interest from start to finish and is hard to put down.
The setting of the main action is the bucolic Perry farm in the small town of Pequot's Landing. It brings back the images of a leisurely summer in the 1930s as we follow Niles Perry through what on the surface appears to be a typical boy's life. As the story progresses it becomes alarming clear that all is not as simple or serene as it seems.
The story reveals the tragedies of the Perrys but as it progresses the reader learns there are more things to come that will eclipse the past with new horrors to come.
In addition, this is also the study of a descent into psychosis. What was intended to be a game becomes the catalyst for releasing a demon in the form of a young boy's obsession with his twin and its deadly consequences.
This was Thomas Tryon's debut novel and my favorite. He was a true literary talent.
I truthfully couldn't wait to finish it just for the sake of doing so. I'm glad I read "Harvest Home' first. I felt it was much better. Had I read this one first, I probably wouldn't have attempted "Harvest Home" simply because the author didn't appeal to me at all in this one.
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Very atmospheric and quite macabre in places, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
To say that 'The Other' does not disappoint would be an understatement. In fact, it is one of the finest novels I've read in a long time in any genre, not just (supernatural) horror. But in that particular niche, it holds its own with the best of Henry James, E.A. Poe, M.R. James and more contemporary literati such as Ira Levin, Shirley Jackson, Susan Hill and Ray Bradbury.
Tryon is a master of subtlety and atmosphere: always under-, never overstating, he takes his time to describe landscapes, people, their histories and the events that shaped them, imbueing all these with a palpable sense of dread, loss and an increasing tension that ultimately grips like a vice. The pastoral town of Pequot Landing, Connecticut is the setting for the story, but the origin of the evil that suffuses the novel is far more personal, internal and psychological. Not to mention intensely terrifying. The sky above Pequot Landing may be of the brightest summer-blue, but what goes on under its sunny expanse is very dark indeed.
To give too much away of the plot would only spoil the pleasure of discovering this dark gem of a novel. Suffice it to say that the locus of the story is the farm of the Perry-family in 1935. The family has recently been struck by tragedy, and as each family member tries to come to grips with his or her grief, sinister occurrences begin to strike the Perry-clan and the people of the town.
Tryon's lyrical use of prose is a delight - in the descriptions of landscapes, people, emotions, memories and situations, as well as in those chilling moments when unadulterated horror comes to the fore. 'The Other' is unforgettably terrifying, enthralling and, last but not least, deeply moving. Because as dark as the deeds described in the book are, Tryon makes it understood that they arise from a sense of loss that is so overwhelming and disruptive that, for some, it shatters the very fabric of reality. And, equal to this loss, is a yearning for reunion that is so intense that it obliterates everything else - and calls dark and sinister shadows into being.
Ultimately, 'The Other' is so expertly written that it transcends horror and becomes a meditation on youth, love, the passing of time and the way we are shaped by our personal histories.
I fell in love with this book, and I know I will return to it again and again.
For its beautiful use of language, its dark imagery, its haunting atmosphere and its heartfelt, searing central message.
Novels don't get any better than this. Highly recommended.