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Ghost Story by Peter StraubMy Rating: 5 of 5 starsI Thoug...

Posted on the 17 April 2012 by Polycarp55 @polycarp55
Ghost StoryGhost Story by Peter Straub
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I thought the book was spectacularly spooky.   The novel seems to be an homage to Edgar Allen Poe, Hawthorne, and James.   He succeeds in writing a twentieth century version of a nineteenth century tale.   The elements in the story keep you focused in a tight constriction. 
Stephen King said, "Straub wants to play around with reality by having characters (1)acting out roles in books (2) watching a film (3)hallucinating (4)dreaming or (5) transported into a private fantasy.   Straub shows in Ghost Story that he is master story teller. 
The novel is constructed so well; it is a symbol of an artist writing from his experience; based on a fine perception of relationships between characters, in which a town is arrayed against heroes.  He builds suspense upon suspense; heightening our awareness of past lives. Ghost story attests the power and precision and the structural unity of a great novel, no matter what genre.  
 
I utilized a sentence from Thomas Craven on John Marin to form the last paragraph.   I could not keep the sentence whole, so I broke it up into parts.  But the paragraph was inspired by Thomas Craven.

Ghost Story by Peter StraubMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI thoug...

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