Mrs. God: A Novel #2020

Mrs. God: A Novel By Peter Straub Mrs God A Novel Esswood House Home and estate of the Seneschal family aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years D H Lawrence T S Eliot Ford Madox Ford and Henry James were privileged
  • Title: Mrs. God: A Novel
  • Author: Peter Straub
  • ISBN: 9781605983042
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mrs. God: A Novel By Peter Straub Esswood House Home and estate of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, and Henry James were privileged to call themselves guests and Esswood Fellows Even minor poets such as Isobel Standish found in Esswood a respite from the outer world and its refined atmosphere an inEsswood House Home and estate of the Seneschal family, aristocratic patrons of the literary arts for well over a hundred years D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, and Henry James were privileged to call themselves guests and Esswood Fellows Even minor poets such as Isobel Standish found in Esswood a respite from the outer world and its refined atmosphere an inspiration for her work There was always talk of a hidden secret in Esswood s past, and the Seneschal children were often so pale and sickly, but don t all English manor houses have a few ghost stories to call their own When Professor William Standish receives the rare honor of an Esswood Fellowship, and the chance to study Isobel s private manuscripts at close hand, he is thrilled beyond his wildest ambitions But something seems slightly off at Esswood House He hears faint laughter in the halls, the pitter pattering of small feet in the night strange faces appear in the windows of the library, and there are those giant dollhouses in the basement .Never before published as a separate volume, Mrs God is a very different kind of ghost story from one of America s most celebrated authors.
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    1. Peter Straub

      Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy colored paper, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself to read by memorizing his comic books and reciting them over and over to other neighborhood children on the front steps until he could recognize the words Therefore, when he finally got to first grade to find everyone else laboring over the imbecile adventures of Dick, Jane and Spot See Spot run See, see, see he ransacked the library in search of pirates, soldiers, detectives, spies, criminals, and other colorful souls, Soon he had earned a reputation as an ace storyteller, in demand around campfires and in back yards on summer evenings.This career as the John Buchan to the first grade was interrupted by a collision between himself and an automobile which resulted in a classic near death experience, many broken bones, surgical operations, a year out of school, a lengthy tenure in a wheelchair, and certain emotional quirks Once back on his feet, he quickly acquired a severe stutter which plagued him into his twenties and now and then still puts in a nostalgic appearance, usually to the amusement of telephone operators and shop clerks Because he had learned prematurely that the world was dangerous, he was jumpy, restless, hugely garrulous in spite of his stutter, physically uncomfortable and, at least until he began writing horror three decades later, prone to nightmares Books took him out of himself, so he read even than earlier, a youthful habit immeasurably valuable to any writer And his storytelling, for in spite of everything he was still a sociable child with a lot of friends, took a turn toward the dark and the garish, toward the ghoulish and the violent He found his first effect when he discovered that he could make this kind of thing funny.As if scripted, the rest of life followed He went on scholarship to Milwaukee Country Day School and was the darling of his English teachers He discovered Thomas Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, patron saints of wounded and self conscious adolescence, and also, blessedly, jazz music, which spoke of utterance beyond any constraint passion and liberation in the form of speech on the far side of the verbal border The alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, speaking in the voice of a witty and inspired angel, epitomized ideal expressiveness, Our boy still had no idea why inspired speech spoke best when it spoke in code, the simultaneous terror and ecstasy of his ancient trauma, as well as its lifelong so far, anyhow legacy of anger, being so deeply embedded in the self as to be imperceptible, Did he behave badly, now and then Did he wish to shock, annoy, disturb, and provoke Are you kidding Did he also wish to excel, to keep panic and uncertainty at arm s length by good old main force effort Make a guess So here we have a pure but unsteady case of denial happily able to maintain itself through merciless effort Booted along by invisible fears and horrors, this fellow was rewarded by wonderful grades and a vague sense of a mysterious but transcendent wholeness available through expression He went to the University of Wisconsin and, after opening his eyes to the various joys of Henry James, William Carlos Williams, and the Texas blues rocker Steve Miller, a great joyous character who lived across the street, passed through essentially unchanged to emerge in 1965 with an honors degree in English, then an MA at Columbia a year later He thought actual writing was probably beyond him even though actual writing was probably what he was best at down crammed he many and many a book, stirred by

    126 thoughts on “Mrs. God: A Novel”

    1. ugh i don t know what this book is thinking it isn t so bad as to be unendurable, but it definitely is the kind of thing where you can see elements of it that make sense, but the overall effect is just not working.i mean, i guess so it is better than what i could make.but when you are going up against you re pretty much screwed and i don t know yet what the horror novel equivalent is to my little fashion gargoyle mondo, but someday my horror prince will come i read this one because it promised t [...]

    2. Blah blah blah this thing looks like a fetus, oh hey I see that rock over there and reflect on whether it does or does not look like my wife engaging in coitus with a friend of mine.That thing looks kind of bloody and resembles an aborted fetus again.Hey, you know that poem I m reading It might be about my wife cuckolding me Or maybe it s about fetuses.

    3. WHAT was this book about.I know three things.1 the guy drank a lot2 he masturbated in the bathroom a few times.3 he was an American in England.Finis.

    4. Originally released in 1990 as a limited edition novella and then in 1991 as part of Straub s HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS collection, MRS GOD is now available as a trade hardcover from Pegasus Crime WHY Pegasus Crime I haven t the slightest idead unless you are a DIE HARD Straub fan, you ll have no idea why they felt the necessity to re re release this downbeat tale In fact, I AM a die hard Straub fan and couldn t tell youTHAT said, MRS GOD is an interesting if unclear tale dealing with American Englis [...]

    5. Esswood House is the dream of all literary types Housing rare manuscripts from some of the literary elite Henry James, T.S Eliot, Ford Madox Ford are just some of the luminaries that not only stayed in the house, but left work to the great library Yet, for researchers, there is a road block to this holy grail Unlike many country estates in England, this house and it s contents aren t part of The National Trust or even open to the public Oh no, the Seneschal family not only still reside within it [...]

    6. Ok first.Holy shit Peter Straub is not an author I would normally pick up, even though he writes the horror genre I only know Straub through Black House, and I was unhappy with it So I vowed not to read his stuff, even Ghost Story which apparently is his best one Maybe it was Floating Dragon, I don t care either way I just knew that his stuff wasn t my thing Years later, I m at a massive book sale and everything was a dollar, I picked up anything and everything that I thought would be good to re [...]

    7. I like to listen to audiobooks in the car and I usually think, Not every book gets made into an audiobook If the publisher thinks this is good enough to BE an audiobook, I can give it a go Unfortunately, I think the publishers made a mistake here After 4 CDs, I still didn t know what in the heck was going on, but I kept going to the end because I only had one disc to go what the heck Whew, I was glad when it was over It was sweet relief to be done with the book, but I still have absolutely no i [...]

    8. I m giving it two solely for the author I read this in a day, was looking for something short and quick to read between two longer books Maybe I should have skipped it altogether.The MC, Standish, goes to Esswood House, an ancient and secluded English estate to do some research on a little known writer He s been chosen from 600 candidates, he s told, to do this work The estate is gorgeous the food and drink sublime the accommodations, though outstandingly creepy, are also five star hotel worthy [...]

    9. OK, I read the book and I STILL don t know if I liked it or not I didn t NOT like it but.a VERY odd book This is a hard cover with illustrations odd illustrations.Standish has a very pregnant wife they have had some issues in the past He is invited to go to England to a very prestigious place called Esswood, where writers have been meeting for years for a kind of retreat He plans to write about one of his relatives, Isobel, who spent some time there Her writings took a totally different bend aft [...]

    10. Oh sweet Lord does this book suck After pushing myself through yet another chapter I have decided to give up 3 4 of the way in No book, albeit even a short one, is worth the pain this story is causing You know, it s not even the plot that s killing me, though Mr Straub did stick to EVERY STEP in the formula to create an average but predictable outcome And no, it wasn t the pace, though snails get to their destination faster No, it was Mr Straub s style of writing that made this read excruciating [...]

    11. Not one of Straub s better books I can see what he was attempting to do with it, but I don t think he accomplished it, at all There are a lot of horror themes that are being touched on in the books, too many actually So many that it becomes difficult to know what the hell is going on, like genre ADHD Is the guy crazy, is it the house, is it a past life thing, the bleeding of time and space Who the hell knows I m not even sure Straub does That s the problem.

    12. MRS GOD by Peter Straub has been waiting for me for a long time I bought HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS in the original Dutton hardcover when it came out in 1990, and was already aware of MRS GOD anyway because it had previously been published in a limited edition by Donald M Grant But I don t ever like to read collections of short fiction all the way through in a gulp, and at some point I set aside HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS leaving MRS GOD the final tale for a rainy day That day finally came 24 years later, a [...]

    13. i like a ghost story with shades of some of the best ever written the haunting of hill house comes to mind, as well as stephen king s the shining , mrs god paints a vaguely terrifying scene in the english countryside almost immediately the reader questions exactly what standish is agreeing to when he travels to england to study in a famed library, supposedly overflowing with rare and wonderful literary finds the trip from the airport to the castle is lovecraftian, with strange characters torment [...]

    14. First of all, I read the book, not the audiobook, but I couldn t find the regular book in the library It starts out okay interesting premise, lots of promise But it ends in What the hell The main character is not likable and in fact seems to be a misogynistic jerk I hate how he talks about his loathsome and treacherous wife He ends up killing people I m not even sure who , destroying valuable artifacts, and burning down a beautiful English estate I have very little idea why any of this happened [...]

    15. The story in and of it itself was not bad The prose was excellently written, but I found I was constantly wrankled by the protagonist His actions and observations would be hilariously misguided one moment and then certain things would come out of his mouth that just made me hate him It s a good gothic ghost story and I very much enjoyed the sections of the book from Isabelle s poetry and autobiography I was not bothered by what some have called a lack of resolution in terms of the ending I just [...]

    16. spoilerspoilerspoiler use I spent about 10 minutes trying to figure this out myself and find the answer online when I couldn t so here it is for those who didn t immediately get the ending The couple he kills are the kids the vicar at the church talked about as watching over the place I believe Straub s intention was that Standish, by visiting the grave site, somehow picked up the spirit of the evil and brought it back to the manor with him Because of the little bones in the dollhouse room and t [...]

    17. Straub s Mrs God novella is a strange story, moving from what seems to be a commonplace drama if one with a creepy setting to a fast moving horror story centered around an apparently devolving narrator In fact, you can nearly cut the book in half to find that the first portion is decidedly unhorrific, and the second is nearly unfollowable it contains so much and moves so quickly All together, the book is interesting, and the writing of atmosphere and descriptions is absolutely stunning Those des [...]

    18. I need time to think about this novella and possibly reread it Too slow of an opening for me, but I had faith in Straub and was not disappointed once the MC reached his destination, the refined and subtly eerie English estate known as Esswood House No doubt a high bred cousin to Shirley Jackson s deranged Hill House, Esswood House reveals itself in stages as an intoxicating beauty with an illustrious literary past a host of mazes and memories to trick the mind a ghastly, ghostly maw that gorges [...]

    19. Brilliant, just brilliant Mr Straub sets up the information, and if you make the connections, appreciating the associations, you will get it The writing was brilliant the descriptions rich yet not overly wordy I love the subtlety, and how Mr Straub shows rather than tells There was so much horror with so little gore This story was far frightening, and effective invoking horror compared to splatter punk or hackneyed horror attempts Mr Straub BRILLIANT This is one of my favorite books of all time [...]

    20. I m disappointed I didn t realize when I got this from the library that it s actually a reprint of a novella from Houses Without Doors, and I ve actually read it twice before I always forget that this story starts out amazingly strong, but gets confusing and frustrating and eventually leaves the reader going huh I THINK I understood it a lot better this time through Straub has a real fondness for unreliable narrators, and Standish is a prime example In this case, though, Straub takes things far [...]

    21. This is a.ost story vampire story story about a crazy man i really have no idea Here is a horror novella by peter straub and a man goes to a house and then um i have no idea what i read it read like an old fashioned back in time horror story, only those usually make sense i don t know what to make of this one from other people s reviews, they were just as confused at least the writing style flows

    22. Literary masterpiece A novel that necessitates multiple readings to merely attempt to determine the reality of the occurrences The setting of Esswood House with its abundantly wealthy library of scholarly rarities and meticulously manicured grounds is exquisite The juxtaposition of a completely convincing, yet unreliable, narrator s descent into insanity amidst such opulence is complexly satiating.

    23. I m generally not a horror type reader but in the past I have read some very good Peter Straub books This however, is not one of them Since it only had 173 pages I read the whole thing but it actually was terrible I can t remember reading a book that was so bad since I read a Baldacci Christmas story Straub should be ashamed of himself YUCK It gets a 0 on my 10 scale.

    24. This the 2nd Straub book I have read in the past week the 1st being The Dark Matter they were both horrible My god I wished Mrs God would just end the entire book can be summed up with WTF

    25. Did not like at all Couldn t care less about any of the characters and found it to be very boring Finished through sheer willpower Major bummer since I ve liked all of Straubs other books I ve read.

    26. I normally like Peter Straub, but this time.well, let s just say that I would have a better understanding of alien speak that I did of this book The book, to me, was an absolute mess If anyone can explain it to me, I am certainly willing to hear it.

    27. I don t know what to say about thiswell written, nice detail, but I have no idea wtf I just read I hated to protagonist, he was a jerk, but ummis was just an odd one I can t really rate it.

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