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Universal Harvester: A Novel (2017)

de John Darnielle

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"The second novel from the author of Wolf in White Van, inspired by his years living in a small town in Iowa"--
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    The Last Days of Video: A Novel de Jeremy Hawkins (sturlington)
    sturlington: These books are not at all alike except that they both feature small-town video stores, they are both by North Carolina writers, and they are both good reads.
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  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Marvellously weird, beautifully written. Having just abandoned a book that wanted to be creepy, weird, suffused with menace, and deeper meaning, and wanted to capture a strong sense of place, and feel for a particular time, but failed (for me) miserably, I have to say that this book is the Real Deal.

The premise is genuinely weird and unsettling-- movies on VHS tapes, rented from a small store in a tiny town in Iowa, start to feature unsettling black and white scenes spliced randomly into the action of the movie. The payoff is great. The sense of place feels very real -- you can feel the ennui and coziness of small town life seeping into your pores as you read. Darnielle makes clever use of movie references, to ground the lives of his characters, and to add to the strangeness of the situation he has created, and the sense of lives taken over by an obsession.

Excellent, challenging.

This reminded me, in a good way, of "Pattern Recognition," by William Gibson. If you enjoyed (or were baffled by) this, you might find that novel interesting. Brief outtakes from a surreal film are being released online, and fans construct all sorts of theories about their creation, and the supposed narrative they add up to. The central character is drawn into the mystery of how, where and why they have been created. ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Freaking good. Feels like the first real spiritual successor to House of Leaves in a way. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van, which was a NYT bestseller and National Book Award Nominee, could be classified as a horror novel (which I never read!), but turns into something quite different by the time it’s over. Set in a small Iowa town in the late 1990s, when video stores were still ubiquitous, it tells the strange story of people reporting weird images showing up on the VHS tapes they check out at the local Video Hut. The images interrupt the regular movie and seem dark and disturbing. Jeremy, the young man working the counter of the video rental store comes across as an aimless, disinterested character, but as the novel progresses, we see that he and his father are quietly still coming to terms with the recent fatal car accident of the matriarch of the family. The store owner becomes obsessed with the strange videos and then seems to disappear on the farm where she recognizes the scenes have taken place.

The overall tone of this novel is disquieting and eerie. It is written in three parts, and all three deal with what ultimately happened on that farm in Nevada, Iowa, as well as capturing a strong sense of place, with beautifully descriptive passages of the Iowa landscape, which becomes a character in itself. This book was reviewed in the NYT Book Review, but the Amazon reviews aren’t great. I think that it’s possible people reading it had expectations that weren’t met, as the big reveal of the mysterious images on the videos is something unexpected, yet still disturbing. I really enjoyed it for the story it told, the excellent writing and inner lives explored by some of the characters. For me, a story well told, with interesting characters and a unique perspective is worth reading, and this short novel met those requirements for me.
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  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
It's a good read. The writing (the sentences) is impeccably crafted. I've spent some time in rural Iowa and Darnielle evokes the atmosphere very well. I thought some of the characters were well drawn, but for some of the others I wished for a bit more backstory to flesh out their motivation. As others noted, the plot jumps around and perspectives are shifting, but that mostly works. Readers should note that this is dark and very sad in nplaces, but it is neither a horror story nor a thriller. It is a glipse at the lives of ordinary people who have known broken-ness and what it is like to try tohelp them. ( )
  brianstagner | Nov 20, 2020 |
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People usually didn't say anything when they returned their tapes to the Video Hut: in a single and somewhat graceful movement, they'd approach the counter, slide the tape toward whoever was stationed behind the register, and wheel back toward the door.
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