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Lovecraft Country [movie tie-in]: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Matt Ruff (Autor)

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Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George-- publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide-- and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.… (més)
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Títol:Lovecraft Country [movie tie-in]: A Novel
Autors:Matt Ruff (Autor)
Informació:Harper Perennial (2020), Edition: Media tie-in, 400 pages
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Lovecraft Country de Matt Ruff

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    Meddling Kids de Edgar Cantero (Vulco1)
    Vulco1: Cthulu (sp?) esque horror. Young people getting into and out of trouble. Associated TV shows. Good quality writing.
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    The Night Ocean de Paul La Farge (sturlington)
    sturlington: H. P. Lovecraft connections
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    Carter & Lovecraft de Jonathan L. Howard (ShelfMonkey)
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The setting is the post WWII south and revolves around Atticus Turner and his family after he returns home from the war. It is a story filled with witchcraft and magical creatures that present challenges to Atticus and his family as he learns more about his mysterious family history.
  lmannsch | Jul 14, 2022 |
Ruff, Matt. Lovecraft Country. Harper, 2016.
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff’s short story sequence about an African American World War II veteran and his family negotiating racism and the paranormal in the 1950s, offers a worthy correction to the racist views of H. P. Lovecraft. Atticus and his family work on a travel guide of safe places for black travelers to gas up or spend the night. Ruff based his travel guide the on the Negro Motorist Green Book that did not end publication only until 1966.
Each of the stories offers a Lovecraftian encounter with paranormal evil that is in league with longstanding racism. For Lovecraft at his best, evil was powerful, alien and unknowable, conveyed with uncanny vagueness in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe. As Edmund Wilson pointed out in 1945, Lovecraft at his worst, offers only the horror of “bad taste and bad art.” By 1945, Lovecraft was already inspiring a cult that Wilson called more infantile than the Baker Street Irregulars. Atticus is a science fiction fan, but Ruff’s stories emphasize the connection between cults and racism, “flipping the script” on Lovecraft’s racist world view.
Ruff presents a more original take on Lovecraft than he does on black life in the Jim Crow era or on afro-centric magic realism and alternate histories. In those genres he must compete with the likes of Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, and N. K. Jemison. In addition to these iconic writers in the genre, I admire Djeli Clark’s Ring Shout, which treats the Ku Klux Klan, as zombies, and Gloria Naylor’s Bailey’s Café, which plays with the short story sequence in ways that remind me of Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon and Larry Niven’s Draco Tavern series. Ruff gets a strong 4 stars in this elite group. ( )
  Tom-e | May 31, 2022 |
Magnað safn samhangandi smásagna um svertingja sem bundnir eru fjölskylduböndum sem glíma við heiftarlega kynþáttafordóma í BNA á síðustu öld. Nafn bókarinnar, Lovecraft Country, á sérstaklega vel við því umfjöllunarefnið er kynþáttafordómar í bland við hrylling annarra vídda og heima í anda höfundarins Lovecraft. Sögur hans höfðu mikil áhrif skrif hryllingssöguhöfunda en á meðal ritverka hans má líka finna andúð og fordóma gagnvart svertingjum. Oft á tíðum magnaður hryllingur en þó má segja að andúðin gagnvart svertingjum sé eitt af því sem stendur upp úr og á sér sannsögulegar rætur því Ruff byggir margar frásagnirnar á sönnum atburðum. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
These interconnected stories begin in the late 1950s, when Atticus Turner receives a letter from his estranged father, Montrose, who has been invited to search an old manor house in Ardham, Massachusetts, to learn more about his wife’s family. Atticus heads to Chicago only to discover that his father has disappeared. He convinces his Uncle George and a childhood friend, Letitia Dandrige, to travel to Ardham in search of Montrose. Along the way, they encounter strange and archaic rituals and fight bizarre creatures straight out of a Lovecraft story as well as another type of monster fueled by the racism entrenched in the Jim Crow era.

This book does a wonderful job of weaving the supernatural monsters into the racial tensions of the time and the real-life, everyday monsters that walk around out in the open. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Apr 12, 2022 |
There really need to be more horror stories where racism is the Big Bad. ( )
  leahsusan | Mar 26, 2022 |
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“Lovecraft Country” centers on two ­African-American families navigating the Jim Crow ’50s. These pages are rife with unwelcoming diner workers, violent lawmen, unwarranted and belittling verbal and physical attacks that are both omnipresent and unrelenting.... At every turn, Ruff has great fun pitting mid-20th-­century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era. And at every turn, it is the bigotry that hums with the greater evil.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaNew York Times, Manuel Gonzales (Web de pagament) (Jun 1, 2016)
 
Lovecraft’s works of horror and science fiction in the early decades of the 20th century have had an outsized influence on popular culture.... Less highly regarded are Lovecraft’s ideas regarding race; a vehement believer in the superiority of white individuals over others, many of his stories were rooted in a fear of immigrants, miscegenation, and mixed ancestry....The superficialities are there — strange cults, rituals in the night, monsters with more body parts than strictly necessary — but none of the psychic horror of Lovecraft is found in Ruff’s work, none of the existential dread. The threats are real and obvious: a white man, often with a gun.
 
...the most terrifying moments in the story don’t come courtesy of the monsters. It turns out that even many-tentacled void hounds are nowhere near as scary as white people in Jim Crow America. Matt Ruff is to be commended for combining two genres that I couldn’t have considered further apart before now, and doing justice to both. You’ll come for the sci-fi, and stay for the history lesson.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaLit Reactor, B.H. Shepherd (Feb 16, 2016)
 
This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American family’s brush with supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century....Ruff (The Mirage) has an impressive grasp of classic horror themes, but the most unsettling aspects of his novel are the everyday experiences of bigotry that intensify the Turners’ encounters with the supernatural.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaPublishers Weekly (Nov 30, 2015)
 
Some very nice, very smart African-Americans are plunged into netherworlds of malevolent sorcery in the waning days of Jim Crow—as if Jim Crow alone wasn’t enough of a curse to begin with....If nothing else, you have to giggle over how this novel’s namesake, who held vicious white supremacist opinions, must be doing triple axels in his grave at the way his imagination has been so impudently shaken and stirred.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaKirkus Reviews (Nov 4, 2015)
 

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Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George-- publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide-- and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.

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