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I cut into my potato, and dead in the middle of the halved potato there was a . . . thick, slow discharge I recognized as blood. A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "theI cut into my potato, and dead in the middle of the halved potato there was a . . . thick, slow discharge I recognized as blood. A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "the dead eyes" of his father and a woman named Hilda. Somewhere inside Spider's internal web of illusions lurks the truth about his mother's death....

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Spider Reviews

  • Maciek
    2019-01-08 11:48

    I’ve always found it odd that I can recall incidents from my boyhood with clarity and precision begins Dennis Cleg, the protagonist and narrator of Spider, and yet events that happened yesterday are blurred, and I have no confidence in my ability to remember them accurately at all. Dennis writes down the story of his life in a notebook, having recently returned to London after spending 20 years in Canada, which he refuses to talk about, and is staying at a boarding house in the London's East End - not very far away from where his childhood home was, and where a terrible tragedy struck his family many years ago.With Spider, Patrick McGrath has crafted a bona-fide contemporary Gothic novel, complete with all the major themes of the genre - a frame narrative of love, betrayal and murder, obsession, isolation and slow descent into the uncertain and madness. As Dennis tries to reconstruct his childhood, he finds himself increasingly unable to draw the distinction between the real and imagined. The boarding house at which he stays in is run by a Ms. Wilkinson, which shares the same name with a woman his father had an affair - and which he blames for destroying the already very troubled marriage of his parents, and taking place of his mother. He writes that he is troubled by other tenants, though he never seems to see them - yet they bother him by making noise and disturbing his writing in the journal, which he hides from all eyes - in the drawer, under the floor, up in the unused chimney. Where Spider truly excels is the atmosphere - McGrath does a terrific job with not only capturing the voice of a troubled, confused narrator, but also the foggy, dominating industrial landscape of the 1950's London. You can almost choke on the smoke and fog, and feel the soot and dust settle on every part of your body, as the narrator takes you on his journey through the narrow streets, alleyways and canals, surrounded by small houses, factories and pubs, all of them filled with unhappy people. The city is covered by the Great Smog, but so is Spider's mental state, which slowly disintegrates along with his story.I suspect that something very wrong is happening inside me, he writes, that it's not the food at all (filthy though it is), but that something far worse is involved. The novel has been adapted into a film by David Cronenberg, with Ralph Fiennes portraying Dennis - I haven't seen it, but I'm interested in how Cronenberg could convey an intimate first person narration via film., and how well has he captured the setting so well described by McGrath in his book.

  • Mike
    2019-01-07 08:59

    This is the author’s second novel and third book (following on the collection “Blood and Water and Other Tales” and his debut novel “The Grotesque”). At least for the moment, I am reading his works in the order of publication. I thought that the short stories were very good and fit their lengths well. As noted in my review, I liked “The Grotesque”, but thought that I could have appreciated it more. After more reflection, in addition to the reasons previously cited, I think that it was not suited to the length. Longer or shorter? I’m not sure, but I think going in either direction might have enhanced the book.With “Spider” the story and its length feel entirely natural. Is this because of the tale or the increasing maturity of the author? I do not know, but, for me, the whole thing hung together better; which is an odd thing to write about this novel. Here, we have a man, Dennis Cleg with who we have a firsthand view of his descent into deeper madness. I say deeper because he is not ever sane by any definition of the term.His is the voice that tells us of his past and present. Often interspersed, sometimes intertwined, as in this passage from page 68:Queer thoughts, no? I sighed. I bent down to pull my book out from under the linoleum. Nothing there! I groped. Momentary lurch of horror as I assimilated the possibility of the book’s absence. Theft? Of course – by Mrs. bloody Wilkinson, who else? Then there it was, pushed just a bit deeper than I’d expected; no little relief. My father was stumbling blindly through a fog, barely conscious of his whereabouts, the chaos within him further befuddled with the beer he’d just drunk. Great relief, in fact; what on earth would I do if she got her hands on it? Is the best place for it really under the linoleum? Isn’t there a hole somewhere I can tuck it into? The streetlights were smears of light in the fog, flecks and splinters of weak fractured yellowy radiance that picked up the glitter of wild light in his eyes, the fleeting blur of whiteness of his nose and brow as he charged by. Somewhere I’ve seen a whole, I know I have, but where, where? On he blundered until at last he saw a building aglow, and like a moth to the flame he drew near, and found himself outside the Dog and Beggar. In he went, into the dry warmth of the place, and suddenly there was the smell of beer and tobacco in his nostrils and the murmur of talk in his ears. I just can’t afford to take the chance.In this single paragraph we see the rich, descriptive prose that Mr. McGrath uses to draw us in and involve us in the story. There is little dialog and what there is focuses mostly on recollection of past events. With most characters the conversations are brief and with few words issuing from the mouth of our narrator. Instead we have an exposition of portions of his life: events from his early adolescence, his present-day life, and snatches of his past 20 years in “Canada”.We journey through his world of concrete objects and fanciful imaginings. His is a bizarre universe, filled with thoughts and suspicious that appear to have a tiny basis in fact, but quickly expand and develop into pure fiction. But we don’t know this at first; instead we learn in only as we take this trip through his Byzantine mind. The convolutions of thoughts and the compartments he has created finally make it unmistakable: this is not merely an unreliable narrator; this is a man who is mad and is getting madder by the sentence.“Spider” has references to the East End of London and elsewhere, but it does not have the English “in jokes” that I read but could not appreciate in “The Grotesque”. While both stories contain the disintegration of a man, I appreciated this book much more. Never having been schizophrenic or criminally insane, I can’t say if the internal “discussions” that Spider holds are accurate, but they easily convey how such a mind might think.I did not rush my way through this book. I have too many other demands on my time and I believe that this tale benefits from the savoring of it. Perhaps others have felt compelled to read it in a single sitting. I can understand that kind of compulsion with a good book, but this is one that I think is too dreary for that. And make no mistake; this is a good book, with excellent writing and a twisted, tortured soul for who we become the proverbial fly on the wall. A strong “4” stars.

  • Simona
    2018-12-24 08:44

    "Spider" è lontano anni luce da "Follia", l'altro romanzo di Mcgrath che considero il suo capolavoro. "Spider" è un viaggio nel mondo della follia, delle allucinazioni, un viaggio nella psicosi. Un viaggio nella mente malata, le turbe psichiche di uno schizofrenico. Non è facile leggere un libro del genere, a causa delle continue regressioni tra presente e passato e il lettore non può che prendere atto di ciò che legge, scivola sempre più nello stesso baratro del protagonista, finendo per farsi del male e vivendo la sua stessa angoscia. Interessante se amate scoprire cosa si cela nella mente di uno psicopatico, in quanto Mcgrath si rivela straordinario nell'indagare l'animo umano, altrimenti lasciate perdere, in quanto la freddezza domina non solo nel protagonista, ma anche nel lettore che precipita in questo mondo.

  • Cora Lockhart
    2019-01-20 10:00

    Unfortunately, this is one of those books that I had not heard of until I inadvertently discovered the movie, which was pretty stellar as well and this may or may not have something to do with Ralph Fiennes! It was difficult as I read the book not to picture him in it, and this is one of the reasons I like reading books before seeing the movie, but this did not distract from its odd beauty. It's a story that revolves around a schizophrenic known as Spider. That he earned this name from his mother when he was a young boy because of his fascination with the creatures becomes a metaphorical impetus to the story. Spiders weave their own webs, in which they can move freely about, however, they are easily caught in the web of other spiders. Spider Cleg is released from an asylum where he was placed as a boy of ten. He narrates the story but jumps from first to third person--just as a schizophrenic may do. In this way, I think he is putting space between what really happened to his mother and what he believes happened to her the day she was murdered in 1950s London. McGrath is a master storyteller but this is probably my favorite piece. It combines Kafka, Freud, Beckett and Dostoevsky all in a neat little psychotic package. Great read!!!

  • Lara
    2019-01-13 05:30

    I hated this book. I wish I could give it 1/2 a star. I quit half way through...I couldn't read any more. No matter if I read just one page or even a paragraph...when I put this book down I felt nothing but gloom. I tried to finish it to see where the story was going but I couldn't get past the awful feel the book gave out. Maybe that is what it was going for...if so...it's not something I want to read. Ever. Ick. Half the time I couldn't tell if what I was reading was in the present or the past. Some paragraphs were over a page long...and seemed to ramble. I just...hated it.

  • Victoria
    2018-12-31 10:44

    I wish I could rate this higher but I didn't enjoy myself as much as I thought I would. Although this is a well written novel, it left me gutted and empty inside, and perhaps I felt defeated... and a little enraged, which I guess I knew this going in, so a low ended rating isn't quite fair to the author. There were parts so screwy that I couldn't comprehend - that I had to skim them quickly to continue with the story. This was written first hand by a mentally unwell narrator, so had I continued to read it, I felt his crazy would seep into my brain, and I guess I don't need nor want that presently! lolThe symbolism, in this book is absolutely beautiful, chock full of creepy crawlies, crows, cold wet and dark places, spiders, insect collections, this made my heart feel fulfilled, as I adore these things and want to marinate in them! As far as the story, I felt it was a bit predictable, I wasn't surprised, but maybe I am just more keen to mentally unwell characters- perhaps this is more a blessing then a burden in real life! I think I have grown sick of the typical mental health novels... they continuously put a bad light on mental illness, and let me tell you something, not everyone who is mentally unwell wants to hurt you! Sometimes they do, but sometimes.... a person has a continuous fight and struggle against mental Illness and perhaps they WIN that fight, every single day, and perhaps you wouldn't even fucking know it, because that person will always appear NORMAL to you! How nice it is to be completely normal and 100% of your brain functions properly, so you can peer down at the mentally unwell and point your fucking finger and say... THAT'S THE BAD GUY. /end

  • Ann
    2019-01-06 09:41

    This was an amazing book -- very well written and made me very uncomfortable -- but impossible to put down.It starts off as the journal of a man who obviously has some psychiatric issues and is living in a halfway house in the East End of London in the 1950s after completing 20 years in a prison psychiatric hospital. Gradually through his journal, you find out about his childhood, his living situation now and his wandering to fill his days back to the old allotments (gardens) and by the canal, both familiar to him from his boyhood, Both seem to spark memories and he is always talking about going to see his old house close by -- but for a long time never does.You get very drawn in to his story and feel sorry for him, then gradually about halfway through the book start to realize that you are in his paranoid psychotic reality -- and he is disintegrating fast. You then begin to speculate about what may have happened and about what will happen, The woman who runs the halfway house starts to turn (in Spider's mind) into the tart, Hilda, whom his father moved in to the house (Or did he? Was this really Spider's distorted view of his mother?)You never get everything explained -- you are left with many speculations and inferences from what is written -- and your own imagination fills in the blanks. A great read -- and thanks, Rich, for loan of the book.

  • Christian, Kelanth, Scala
    2019-01-21 10:44

    Lento, lento, lento. Scopo dell’autore credo che sia quello di coinvolgere il lettore in una spirale di paranoie, incubi e allucinazioni per portarlo da un inizio dove tutto sembra essere normale, a un finale dove tutto è allucinazione e schizofrenia. Solo che secondo il mio modesto parere, non solo non riesce nell’intento ma porta a una noia che solo le poche pagine del libro non convince il lettore ad abbandonare la lettura. Si va avanti navigando in mezzo agli incubi del protagonista, scendendo con lui nel suo inferno personale, il problema è che si scende senza arrivare a sbattere il grugno da nessuna parte, anche il finale non regala nulla e sinceramente non sembra neanche un finale. Un’accozzaglia di pensieri deviati, buttati insieme e lanciati lì "alla speriamo che io me la cavo"; non so se tale delusione sia derivata dopo aver letto quel capolavoro di “Follia” che mi ha folgorato sulla via di Damasco, tanto di far salire questa sua seconda opera alla ribalta del mio comodino saltando a piè pari tutti i miei libri che già avevo deciso di leggere. La seconda stella è per la scrittura, quella merita non si può dire niente, lo stile è vibrante e descrittivo come in “Follia”, anche l’ambientazione fa benissimo il suo lavoro di trasportarci nella Londra del dopo guerra, cambiando scenari (sempre cupi e malinconici) come in un buon palcoscenico di teatro. Per adesso rimando l’autore a settembre, sperando nelle prossime opere che ho già comprato ma che purtroppo sono finite in coda alle mie letture.http://kelanthsblog.blogspot.com/

  • May
    2019-01-20 04:42

    First Sentence: "I've always found it odd that I can recall incidents from my boyhood with clarity and precision, and yet events that happened yesterday are blurred, and I have no confidence in my ability to remember them accurately at all."This was a tale of Schizophrenia cleverly told in the voice of the schizophrenic himself. It started innocently enough until Spider, who, as a thirteen year old boy, started to lose the fine line between reality and madness. In doing so, he also dragged this reader into a "fiendishly layered constructed of truth and illusion." Patrick Mcgrath created a compelling and mersmerizing tale; however, this book, being the third McGrath book that I've read, seemed to echo recurring themes of adultery, slow disintegration of the ego and the painstaking descent into madness. Still, my favourite Mcgrath book to date is Asylum. I have 4 more Patrick Mcgrath books that I have acquired from the library waiting to be read. After falling asleep while reading "Spider" and having nightmares, I am in need of a lighthearted reading. Spider was very disturbing and this is the main reason why I am giving it two stars despite it's being a masterly crafted tale. I do not want to like this book at all!

  • Abailart
    2019-01-08 06:55

    Ah!!! Finished today in the park under hot black clouds and suspicious winds like gas, ducks changing shape before they rotted before my eyes. Well, I feel wretched having finished the thing. The thing is, the thing is not there, you cannot put your finger on any thing that is not there but looms dark and loud.. Tricks of light and shandow and shifting as the narrator rots before your eyes and ears, and his guts strapped to his spine so as to clear a dark space hollow and full of sinister plumbing all the same with spiders and a worm in the one working lung, which may or may not be the freaded attic that comes to life at night, in Canada or maybe Sussex or maybe just in the backyeard of an East London slum full of drunks and three women all called Hilda Wilkinson. This is absolutely a brilliant book, a super writer.

  • Thais
    2019-01-22 08:58

    Avendo letto Follia, sapevo più o meno cosa aspettarmi da McGrath: una lenta discesa nella pazzia, appunto, l'analisi dei pensieri di un uomo malato, forse una vittima, forse un assassino, sicuramente una persona estremamente disturbata. E così è stato.Solo che Spider non è riuscito a coinvolgermi come speravo. Sì, è un viaggio nella mente di un pazzo, sì, fa capire che la realtà non è sempre univoca, sì, le sue ossessioni e allucinazioni sono ben tratteggiate. Eppure qualcosa mi ha lasciata piuttosto fredda e non mi ha sconvolta più di tanto. Insomma, non l'ho divorato come avrei dovuto e mi sarei aspettata. Peccato.

  • Steph
    2019-01-18 05:39

    A young man figuring on his mother's death in the midst of madness, obsession and minute detail. Nothing here for me.

  • The Literary Chick
    2019-01-17 05:39

    Brilliant.

  • Brenda
    2018-12-26 04:48

    This extremely well-written book is a suspenseful tale with an unreliable narrator weaving his memories and battling the gothic terrors which torment his nights and daily occupy his mind. The reader is left guessing at every turn. I enjoyed both the diction and syntax of this book and found the unreliable narrator fascinating - though one complaint (a small one) would be some frequency of repetition of happenings and the character mulling over what we'd just read. I felt this might have been trimmed for a tighter overall prose. The atmosphere is damp, gloomy, gothic. The story is grim. The main character is complex, haunted.I look forward to reading more from this writer.

  • Daniele Santagiuliana
    2019-01-23 08:35

    Dopo (a mio avviso) aver apprezzato la bravura di McGrath nello scrivere, ma non nello SCRIVERE un libro, ed essendomi irritato ed averlo maledetto per le sue trame brodose, per l'inconsistenza finale di "Grottesco" e la lamentosa noia di "Follia", mi sono ricordato di aver amato questo "Spider" nella versione cinematografica" di Cronenberg. E così, rischiando di spendere i soldi per odiare tre volte di fila un autore, mi sono buttato dentro alle pagine di "Spider". Fortunatamente, e finalmente, sento del coinvolgimento in Mcgrath che non sia solo mera forma. Finalmente della vera nevrosi, un po' di cuore... il primo su tre libri dello scrittore che mi abbia impressionato realmente.

  • Sarcazzi
    2018-12-26 03:33

    E' il primo libro che leggo di McGrath, autore che mi era sconosciuto e che ho letto quasi per caso. All'inizio ero un po' scettico, ma dopo qualche pagina mi sono appassionato alla vicenda di Dennis e alla sua lenta ed inesorabile escalation psicotica verso il delirio irreversibile. Alla fine credo non sarà  l'ultimo libro di McGrath che leggerò.

  • Ioana W
    2019-01-19 04:45

    Beautiful.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-08 07:49

    Well written, moody and engaging. Really enjoyed it even though it is a dark story.

  • ClusterB
    2018-12-27 10:33

    storia un po'deludente, non sono riuscita ad entrare in pieno nella storia. A tratti lo scrittore sembra voler forzare il lato macabro del racconto

  • John Dowling
    2019-01-10 07:59

    Written in the form of a journal, first-person narrative, full of beautiful internal dialogue, Spider reveals a hallucinatory mind in the process of disintegration as he logs the events leading up to his imprisonment in an asylum. Despite this, he manages to remain self-aware and exercises some logical reasoning. The universal alienation expressed is reminiscent of Kafka and Dostoyevsky. As the story events unfold, we slowly begin to ponder Spider's credibility as a narrator.

  • Liz Stevens
    2018-12-24 09:46

    This was chosen as a book for our book club, so in a way I had to read it. I have only ever given up on one book before so didn't want to make this the second.If I had picked it up in a book shop I would have put it straight down again, but that was not an option.The book starts off quite strange but slowly you can piece things together and you realise where Spider/Dennis is.I do not really know what to believe about the story being told - is the sweet woman he describes as his mother later transformed into Hilda, or is Hilda really a prostitute and who killed (if indeed she was killed) his Mother? Or was the sweet mother only visible to Spider and the brash mother (Hilda) was the reality!The latter part of the book makes other things in his world a little clearer to the reader and the experiences in the asylum are harrowing. Whilst there in "F" block Dennis has a routine - he appears to be happy, then his world is shattered by being told he is getting released ("care in the community" !) and he goes back to the start. Once out you can try to understand how scary it must be for someone who has left the safety of their life in an institution to suddenly be faced with the ghosts of his past on the outside. He sees the warden as his mother/Hilda -nagging him and making him more secretive with his book that he scribbles in daily. He is so unsettled, it can only lead to one thing for him - escape his harrowing life and kill himself.

  • Anthea
    2018-12-27 07:41

    This book started off quite well. We began by tuning into the protagonist's childhood and then it switches from past to present. It was interesting to see what he has been through as a child, his dysfunctional parents etc. However, midway through the book, it kind of lost me. I know it's the unraveling of the mind but it was hard to be captivated as it became more of a rambling towards the end.

  • Rajeev Singh
    2019-01-09 07:34

    A man with a troubled past - one that is slowly unraveled, against the backdrop of the East End of London of the 1950s that is dyed in the grey hues of the narrator's imagination - that is Spider, the eponymous protagonist of the book.(view spoiler)[This book is the making of a disturbed individual, and his eventual undoing by the darkness of his own mind that once suffered a blow too massive for a lonely withdrawn child - the death of his mother at the hands of his father and the eventual acts of mental and physical cruelty (both from the father and the whore who took his mom's place in the house) that convinced him that what had befallen his mother was soon arriving for him too: what made him go for drastic steps, steps that landed him in a madhouse for twenty years and left him no better than the emotional wreck that he already was.The prose is rich and mesmerizing, the atmosphere is Poe-revisited, and to read the book is like peeping into the loneliest corners of a damaged mind, to see everything in the light (or darkness) of its forever-twisted thinking. Apparently, the landlady of the lodge that Spider inhabits (post-release from the mental asylum) is the spitting image of Hilda herself, the slut who lured his father into the depths of hell; the other inhabitants of the place are dead souls plodding away the remainders of their worthless lives; the ghost of his mom seems to waft through his entire existence; there is a worm crawling in his gut and the smell of gas pervades everywhere (the device he used to kill Hilda once upon a time).It's heart-rending to realize how the death of a loved one can break someone so badly that nothing can straighten out the creases in his life again and only death can free him, if at all. (hide spoiler)]

  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    2019-01-11 06:57

    Purtroppo o per fortuna, mi sono giocata come primo romanzo di McGrath il capolavoro, "Follia". Gli altri non riescono nemmeno lontamente ad avvicinarcisi però d'altro canto mi ha fornito la chiave di lettura per apprezzare questi romanzi.. Non so se senza "Follia" saprei apprezzare McGrath.. Mi ha aperto un mondo! *_*Bando alle ciance e alle lodi dell'altro libro.. "Spider" mi è piaciuto un sacco!Innanzi tutto, un narratore non affidabile: ho scoperto che personaggi così mi mandano in brodo di giuggiole (OFF TOPIC grande come una casa : una mia amica aveva un cane di nome Giuggiola e tutte le volte che dico questa espressione, mi viene in mente un brodo con tante Giuggiole dentro. Sì, vabbé, ripigliati Seri XD).. Mi piace vedere quanto le mie costruzioni sulla storia siano giuste/sbagliate, quanto il narratore riesca a portarmi fuori strada e mi costringa a ripensare interamente alla storia.. :DIl romanzo è un viaggio nella follia di Spider, il protagonista, che pian piano si rivela per quello che è: inquietante a mille e palesemente disturbato.. Non c'è niente da fare, con personaggi simili McGrath dà davvero il meglio di sè!E' un romanzo breve, ma non leggero: è un romanzo claustrofobico, ansiolitico, con atmosfere cupe ed opprimenti e una storia da magone.. PErò cavoli, vi rapirà e non vedrete l'ora di leggere l'ultima pagina!!!

  • Simo.sca
    2018-12-28 05:33

    ..più mezza stella per l'abilità dello scrittore di trascinare il lettore nella mente annebbiata di uno schizofrenico, di spingerlo nel labirinto confuso della sua vita, dove l’unica speranza, trasmessa dal protagonista al lettore, sembra essere quella di ritrovare un qualsiasi filo conduttore che possa portarlo alla verità.Ma la realta’ non è mai quella che appare, perchè si confonde tra le sue allucinazioni visive e sonore e le sue presunte azioni; e più ci si addentra nella mente di Spider, tentando di riconoscere i suoi momenti di lucidità e dimenticando a tratti dell’avanzare progressivo della sua malattia, più lo spazio tra cio’ che è vero e cio’ che non lo è si dilata, fino a costringere il lettore ad arrendersi. Spider è malato, la sua mente è difettosa. Questa è l’unica realta’. Ma Spider continua a perdersi tra i suoi ricordi, continua a raccontarsi e a raccontare quelle che confonde come verita’. Continua a scrivere, a sperare e a cercare, ma mai in maniera completamente consapevole, una via d’uscita. E quando finalmente sembra averla trovata, e il suo racconto giunge a una conclusione, l'epilogo tristemente non stupisce, e lascia il lettore con un solo punto di domanda. Se il finale sarebbe potuto essere diverso.

  • Emanuele
    2019-01-06 05:47

    Dopo aver letto quel gran libro che è "Follia" mi aspettavo molto da questo libro, anche perchè foraggiato da tutte queste parole positive spese per esso. Prima parte bella ed interessante! Ti fa entrare nella vita del protagonista, mostra il degrado in cui vive e la tristezza della madre per un rapporto con il padre ubriacone veramente deprimente.Dopo la metà del libro però, tutto diventa pesante e NOIOSO, sembra che lo scrittore della prima parte del libro abbia lasciato la seconda parte al cugino, non c'è spiegazione! Tutta la fluidità e la facilità di lettura della prima parte scompare per lasciar posto a sproloqui che non fanno ne paura, ne interessano. Se vuoi farmi vivere i demoni del protagonista bisogna comunque descriverli e raccontarli in maniera leggibile! Non è che perché si sta parlando di una mente malata allora me la devi raccontare in maniera sconclusionata! Il lettore è sano di mente fino a prova contraria. Sono sicuro che un narratore migliore, come Stephen King avrebbe reso la seconda parte del romanzo un vero must. Così , purtroppo, non è stato ed abbiamo in mano un romanzo che sa molto di occasione sprecata.

  • osoi
    2019-01-18 05:50

    После этой книги очень хочется пойти и полечить головушку.Начинается все очень даже обыденно, хотя и мрачновато – отец-водопроводчик заводит любовницу, избавляется от жены, любовница становится злобной мачехой, а сына по имени Деннис отправляют куда подальше, то есть в Канаду. Но с самого начала наш подросший лет на двадцать Деннис и его суждения вызывают подозрения – ведь он сам признается, что многое из случившегося в тот год он додумал постфактум. И тут уж фиг разберешь, что произошло на самом деле, а что ему нашептали паучки.Я не люблю триллеры, поэтому нейтральная оценка. Однако ж книга заняла весь мой воскресный вечер, загрузив мозги по полной, что бывает редко. И что самое замечательное, я так и не восстановила всю картину трагедии, произошедшей в этой семье, а спросить у Денниса я, к сожалению, не могу. Да и он вряд ли бы ответил.Патрик Макграт – настоящий маста нагнетания. Большой респект чуваку за качественный вынос мозга. Шизо-шикардос.Ведь правда, ведь правда? ©annikeh.net

  • Jail
    2019-01-15 05:37

    I got this book and then I realized "Oh, Patrick Mcgrath who wrote that book Asylum that was really tacky and floridly written."But I perservered and read the whole thing and felt it was written better than that one. I even got really into it for a while and felt like it was really good. (spoiler ahead)But when I got to the end of the book I was really disapointed by the sort of stupid twist at the end. It reminded me of a lot of 90's movies like memento or fight club where the ending contradicts the rest of what happens and too often makes the rest of the story meaningless. The problem is that the rest of the book only makes sense when the story is that Spider's father murdered his mother and then spider went crazy and killed his stepmother. It just seems sort of unbelievable that he would murder his mother under the delusion that she was not his mother. I guess this could happen but the way it was revealed just sort of seemed like a cheap twist.

  • Constance
    2019-01-12 03:41

    This entire book is a first-person narrative by a man who has been (or still is) ill as he recounts traumatic events in his childhood that shaped the man he is today. Set in London's East End in the 1930s / 1950s, the atmosphere is a blend of the boisterous working class pubs he remembers from childhood - and these themselves bring an odd sense of dread - to the drab, fog-drenched streets of bombed-out post-war London. The writing is paced and beautiful, as a mounting sense of horror builds to a disturbing level of psychological terror reminiscent of the body-horror films of David Cronenberg. I cannot imagine (view spoiler)[what it would be like to be schizophrenic (hide spoiler)], but this novel gives me a good idea of the (view spoiler)[fragmentation, disorientation, and sheer terror that might live within such a mind. (hide spoiler)] This is a brave, original, and disturbing read. A highly regarded film version, directed by none other than Cronenberg, came out in 2002.

  • Ben Benson
    2018-12-27 09:50

    From the start of this book you have an unreliable narrator and so you know as you read, things may not be exactly as they are portrayed. That's fine, and the book shifts between first and third person which I can accept considering the mental state of the narrator.I think where I started to drift from the book was the reflections of events Spider experienced as a child and he was given omniscience to his father's actions which I could not accept. Then as you move into another part of the story that I don't want to blatantly give away, but I started thinking about One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and how I felt there was an underlying narrative in that story that was not in this. Perhaps not a fair justification of comparison but it occurred. There were moments that pulled me back in but overall, the novel was okay. It's not long and many short chapters so it's easy to convince yourself to read just one more chapter.