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James Lasdun

Autor(a) de The Horned Man

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About the Author

James Lasdun lives near Woodstock, New York.

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Obras por James Lasdun

The Horned Man (2002) 307 exemplares
The Fall Guy (2016) 236 exemplares
Seven Lies (2005) 168 exemplares
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Editor — 153 exemplares
It's Beginning to Hurt: Stories (2009) 101 exemplares
Afternoon of a Faun (2019) 45 exemplares
Besieged (1999) 25 exemplares
Landscape with Chainsaw: Poems (2001) 21 exemplares
Three Evenings: Stories (1992) 14 exemplares
Victory (2019) 13 exemplares
Bluestone: New and Selected Poems (2015) 11 exemplares
A Jump Start (1987) 9 exemplares
The Silver Age (1985) 8 exemplares
Water Sessions (2012) 5 exemplares
The Revenant (1803) 4 exemplares
Il miracolo (1992) 1 exemplar
An Anxious Man 1 exemplar
Ca commence à faire mal (2010) 1 exemplar
Enhr̲ningen 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 411 exemplares
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
Granta 89: The Factory (2005) — Contribuidor — 175 exemplares
Granta 91: Wish You Were Here (2005) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Granta 95: Loved Ones (2006) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Granta 120: Medicine (2012) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Literary Traveller: An Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Stories To Get You Through The Night (2010) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The National Short Story Prize 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
TLS Short Stories (2003) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Lasdun, Denys (father)



This book had such a great premise, and I was excited to dive into another gripping thriller. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for at all! The characters were thoroughly unlikeable without any redeeming quality - especially Matthew, whose point of view we were in the entire time. The plot was excruciatingly slow, partly due to the fact that the writing was so overworked and pretentious. The novel read like it was written by an English professor trying too hard to be literary. There were entire sections that rehashed what had happened, or leisurely explored Matthew’s thoughts and obsessions, which quickly grew tedious. Then the author threw in in some unnecessary and tiresome talk about banking and the Occupy movement, which made me wonder whether his editors forced him to pad his word count. I was completely unsatisfied with this book.… (mais)
Elizabeth_Cooper | 13 outras críticas | Oct 27, 2023 |
I'll be honest, I read this almost purely on the basis of Lasdun's paranoia, reported in his memoir On Being Stalked, that its subject matter would lend credence to his stalker's suggestions that he was sexually inappropriate to her (though they both agree that, actually, he was not). The central character does initially seem to be the quintessential author-insert character -- a mediocre would-be writer, with the author's own nationality, who is improbably lusted over by various female characters despite his apparent lack of interesting or attractive features.

But the plot pretty quickly takes a turn for the bizarre, and then another turn for the even-more-bizarre. Lasdun does a great job of not only of crafting a compelling thriller but also, I think, of skewering the milquetoast author-insert trope, which he leverages well to his advantage. It's a very paranoid read -- also true, of course, of Lasdun's memoir -- but also very intelligent. Would recommend to anyone looking for a short Twilight Zone-y thriller.
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maddietherobot | 7 outras críticas | Oct 21, 2023 |
I did not like this at all. It was reminiscent of something I've already read, but I suspect that I would forgive or enjoy that if this were a story I liked. But though it seems reasonably well written, allusive, and snappy, that didn't stop it from being a deeply unlikable journey, and not at all redemptive. I don't want to be in this head without a point.
Kiramke | 7 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
This book took me waaaaay to long to read. It was good but I kept finding other books to take it's place--not a good sign. I think this would be a good book for a trip because you can get back into it very easily. Outcome is predictable, in my opinion.
Sunandsand | 13 outras críticas | Apr 30, 2022 |



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