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The Other - Thomas Tryon, Dan Chaon
The Other
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Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other’s thoughts, but they couldn’t be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents... show more
Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other’s thoughts, but they couldn’t be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins’ father in a most unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry still hasn’t recovered from the shock of her husband’s gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland’s pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother’s actions. Thomas Tryon’s best-selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone. It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590175835 (1590175832)
ASIN: 1590175832
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Black Plague
Obsidian Black Plague rated it
4.0 The Other
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.I wish that I could have gotten into this book more. I think the flow is what messed me up. It wasn't a slow burn of a read. It was a slog til almost the end when things picked up. Also since I figured out the twi...
CrowdedMinds a.k.a. Rita
CrowdedMinds a.k.a. Rita rated it
3.0
Dude. That was weird. Boring for 2/3 of the duration of the book, but weird. I did not expect the plot twist. Not even sure how to interpret the last chapter. This will eventually require a second reading before it's fully understood! :P
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
”Twins? With different birthdays? How unusual. Indeed for identical twins, very. Oh yes, there were the mixed signs, on the cusp, as one says--they should have been more alike; nevertheless, the difference. Holland a Pisces, fish-slippery, now one thing, now another. Niles an Aries, a ram blithely b...
proustitute
proustitute rated it
4.0 The Other
"Can you remember what we used to say about secrets?"Niles and Holland are thirteen-year-old identical twins; born on opposite sides of midnight just as Pisces turns into Aries, the two boys couldn't be more different despite the fact that they are each other’s spitting image. Actor-turned-author Th...
Shelf Indulgence
Shelf Indulgence rated it
4.0 The Other
I'm not quite finished with my trip down nostalgia lane. I have one more to go after this (Carrion Comfort is the one following The Other, and then I think I'll be finished, unless I decide I want to re-read Harvest Home, too). When I first read this in graduate school, I had no idea what to expec...
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