The Auctioneer (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

The Auctioneer (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)


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ISBN-13: 9781948405089
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Auctioneer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sean191 on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Part horror, part social commentary (that may be redundant) the story covers a lot of ground in a fairly brief book. It offers a look at people's ties to the land, greed, corruption, pride and a lot more. The story is set in a small rural town, where generations of families have grown up as neighbors and have shared each other's history. But things begin to unravel when a stranger rolls into town and begins to hold auctions. First, the auctions are purportedly meant to raise money to increase a police force of one (that doesn't need increasing). Then the police force continues to increase as does the auctioneer's influence over the town. Without giving too much away, I found myself drawing parallels between this book and the rise of the Third Reich - scary stuff indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the scariest books ever. There is no ghost, no monster, nothing of the kinds of things in a horror novel. The horror is what happens in a typical small town when a man moves into town and suggests having 'old-fashioned auctions' and use the proceeds to benefit the town. Things quickly change from charming and quaint to something MUCH more sinster. Read it. It would make a good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the '70s when it was still on the Times best seller list. I took it on vacation with me and thought it might last the whole vacation. But quite the contrary, I never read a book so fast in my life. I gave my copy to several people to read, and finally lost track of it. I can hardly wait until it is re-published in August. The Auctioneer is a gripping story of what can happen in a small town at the edge of desperation. But, be careful. You may not get much sleep after you start reading it. I highly recommend it.