The Horned Man: A Novel

The Horned Man: A Novel


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The Horned Man: A Novel by James Lasdun

"Unputdownable... a masterpiece of chilling, mesmerizing control.'"—Michael Dirda, Washington PostThe Horned Man opens with a man losing his place in a book, then deepens into a dark and terrifying tale of a man losing his place in the world. As Lawrence Miller—an English expatriate and professor of gender studies—tells the story of what appears to be an elaborate conspiracy to frame him for a series of brutal killings, we descend into a world of subtly deceptive appearances where persecutor and victim continually shift roles, where paranoia assumes an air of calm rationality, and where enlightenment itself casts a darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur. As the novel races to its shocking conclusion, we follow Miller as he traverses the streets of Manhattan and the decaying suburbs beyond, in terrified pursuit of his pursuers. Written with sinuous grace and intellectual acuity, The Horned Man is an extraordinary, unforgettable first novel by an acclaimed writer and poet of unusual power. Reading group guide included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393324389
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James Lasdun is the author of The Horned Man and Seven Lies, as well as six collections of poetry. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University and The New School and lives in upstate New York.

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Horned Man 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wheee... c.c
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*unlocks the cell* Meet me at res 6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear. *Slowly lowers his hands and rises to his feet.*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I've read in the last two years. It offers a fascinating interior exploration of the paranoid mind, keeping the reader guessing as to whether the protagonist's inferences about whether the occurrences around him are correct or the product of an increasingly deranged mind. The satirical look at modern academia is right on the mark and extremely funny, too. The writing is perfect. Every word is exactly right. The writing is very clear. I found myself falling into this book and hated to put it down to go to sleep or go to work. I can't wait for Lasdun's next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book thinking it a quick exciting mystery. While I did read it quickly, it was neither exciting or mysterious. In fact, on several occasions I was distracted from the story by the author's obvious affection for the English language. Wordy and excessive, the plot is interupted repeatedly with irrelevant flashbacks. Perhaps as an ignorant American, I don't have the ability to appreciate the Queen's English. I suppose it has it's place, just not in a mystery novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If cut off the fine English writing description of the novel. It have nothing can compare with a good novel. Pale character, deceptive plot, tenuous substance and feigned ending would not be absent predictably. I'm so sorry I have to write this. It waste my time, and there's a lot of good novels and great novelists out there.