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I ve just finished The scarecrow A novel and I m not sure that I d recommend it Still considering whether to give it 3 stars and be generous, or stick with just 2 Although funny in places,often than not, the humour didn t work for me It felt too laboured, self conscious, and at times, very uncomfortable rape necrophilia have never been particularly chuckle some in my book It was written in the sixties, so the sexism is to be expected, but I did get sick of it Having read ba I ve just finished The scarecrow A novel and I m not sure that I d recommend it Still considering whether to give it 3 stars and be generous, or stick with just 2 Although funny in places,often than not, the humour didn t work for me It felt too laboured, self conscious, and at times, very uncomfortable rape necrophilia have never been particularly chuckle some in my book It was written in the sixties, so the sexism is to be expected, but I did get sick of it Having read back over what I ve just written, it s lucky to get 2 stars Edit Just about to administer my measly 2 stars and took a look at the glowing reviews on Goodreads were we reading the same book What a grimy, unpleasant book Excuse me while I dramatically wash my hands of it now that I m done with it.Okay So The Scarecrow isn t a bad book, but there was a lot I didn t like about it I suppose what muddied my enjoyment of it the most was the book s skeevy preoccupation not to mention the protagonist s preoccupation with the sex life of the protagonist s 16 year old sister Prudence For me, Prudence was the only character worth giving a toss about, as the rest were too one dimensiona What a grimy, unpleasant book Excuse me while I dramatically wash my hands of it now that I m done with it.Okay So The Scarecrow isn t a bad book, but there was a lot I didn t like about it I suppose what muddied my enjoyment of it the most was the book s skeevy preoccupation not to mention the protagonist s preoccupation with the sex life of the protagonist s 16 year old sister Prudence For me, Prudence was the only character worth giving a toss about, as the rest were too one dimensional or unlikeable Or both The protagonist had his moments, but the scenario closer to the beginning that almost led to a view spoiler gang rape hide spoiler pretty much soured me on him for the rest of the book Reading the book was also kind of unpleasant It felt like a fever dream at times It s hard to describe, but a lot of the events that Ned Neddy, Eddy, whatever recounts just seemed to mush into each other Maybe that was my brain trying to process the book faster so that I could be done with it.But really, it s not without redeeming aspects The titular scarecrow had a great aura of creepiness about him, and the Lynch gang that torments Ned and his cohorts were kinda terrifying as well They reminded me of this gang of boys that me and a friend happened upon one weekend while walking through the local primary school Actually, we met the leader s uncle first He told my friend Nephew s name would love you in an awful, leery, knowing voice that bewildered my friend and I then and still creeps me out now We edged away from the creepy man but further into the school we happened upon a gang of boys probably 4 or 3 years younger than us, who surrounded us and kept trying to touch my friend s arse We were semi amused, but weirded out enough to head home, and the boys proceeded to chase us along the street, still trying to slap my friend s arse Now, those boys weren t on the same level as the Lynch gang, of course They werelike a proto Lynch gang I forget where I was going with this anecdote I guess my point will now be that boys had a creepy sense of entitlement back then and, duh, they still do now Even the good guys in this book have that creepy sense of entitlement to intrude upon girls It was weird But not surprising.2 1 2 stars @READ DOWNLOAD Ë The Scarecrow í The same week our fowls were stolen, Daphne Moran had her throat cut Neddy Poindexter s sister, Prudence, has turned sixteen and is the prettiest girl in Klynham Neddy can t protect her from the men in town, but can he protect her from the killer on the loose Part boys own adventure, part small town comedy and part horrifying thriller, The Scarecrow is of its own kind, an unexpected and irresistible masterpieceOne of the most unusual and original novels published in this country for many a long daySydney Morning Herald Nicolas Jouin: Ein Beitrag Zur Geschichte Des Jansenismus Und Der Zeit VOR Der Franz�sischen Revolution (Classic Reprint) Daphne Moran had her throat cut Neddy Poindexter s sister Perekonomian Indonesia Prudence Das Winterlesebuch has turned sixteen and is the prettiest girl in Klynham Neddy can t protect her from the men in town Nachtschwarz (Elfenblüte, but can he protect her from the killer on the loose Part boys own adventure The Legend of Banzai Maguire part small town comedy and part horrifying thriller The Legend of Banzai Maguire The Scarecrow is of its own kind Deadlands an unexpected and irresistible masterpieceOne of the most unusual and original novels published in this country for many a long daySydney Morning Herald Wonderful Easy 4.5 A brilliant, sometimes jarring mix of coming of age nostalgia, cartoonish horror and grim realism a tale of lechery, alcohol, murder, rape, and small town charm Think Ray Bradbury s slightly unhinged cousin Neddy Poindexter s narrative is a delight, a bit innocent and naive with a tendency to exaggerate and a kinda disturbing fixation with his sister Through him Morrieson captures that horrible, mulchy mysteriousness of sex when you re a 14 year old boy, and creates a vision of small town N A brilliant, sometimes jarring mix of coming of age nostalgia, cartoonish horror and grim realism a tale of lechery, alcohol, murder, rape, and small town charm Think Ray Bradbury s slightly unhinged cousin Neddy Poindexter s narrative is a delight, a bit innocent and naive with a tendency to exaggerate and a kinda disturbing fixation with his sister Through him Morrieson captures that horrible, mulchy mysteriousness of sex when you re a 14 year old boy, and creates a vision of small town New Zealand which somehow feels both sentimental, disgusting and eerily magical A sensational book, full of crackling live wire writing, adventurous inventive vocabulary and a story stuffed full of vivid and wild characters It s classic noir New Zealand style, and as fantastic and great as any pulp fiction I ve ever come across Eddy is a small town youth, son of a useless drunken junk dealer and nephew to an evenworthless scoundrel, Uncle Athol Buoyed by his best friend Les and sister Prudence, Eddy manages to scrape by in the dusty burg of Klynham When a scary ne A sensational book, full of crackling live wire writing, adventurous inventive vocabulary and a story stuffed full of vivid and wild characters It s classic noir New Zealand style, and as fantastic and great as any pulp fiction I ve ever come across Eddy is a small town youth, son of a useless drunken junk dealer and nephew to an evenworthless scoundrel, Uncle Athol Buoyed by his best friend Les and sister Prudence, Eddy manages to scrape by in the dusty burg of Klynham When a scary necrophiliac bow tie wearing magician worms his way into town, he s just another stranger in this strange little world It s every man for himself, and every man for the luscious young Prudence, who can t help but attract all their attention like a walking magnetic teenage whirlpool It s just funny enough, and just scary enough, and just outrageous enough, to grab your attention and hold it closer and closer to the final flame it s meant to be a sort of crime thriller except it basically forgets about that for most of the time to focus on a pair of disgustingly stupid and hornt 14 year olds and the absurd and grotesque characters in the town which is probably good because the book has enough distasteful moments as it is, and it helps lift it above just another terrifying stranger comes to town story.while a lot of it is clearly meant to be funny, the humour hasn t aged terribly well or at least hasn t travelled terr it s meant to be a sort of crime thriller except it basically forgets about that for most of the time to focus on a pair of disgustingly stupid and hornt 14 year olds and the absurd and grotesque characters in the town which is probably good because the book has enough distasteful moments as it is, and it helps lift it above just another terrifying stranger comes to town story.while a lot of it is clearly meant to be funny, the humour hasn t aged terribly well or at least hasn t travelled terribly well either way i m not au fait enough on life in 1940s small town New Zealand to pick up on any particularly sophisticated social satire but the narration has an appealingly dry style to it, the dialogue is sharp, and on the whole the book is a really effective piece of modern gothic that s vaguely reminiscent of Bradbury s Something Wicked Why is laughing out loud at the written word so rare that it feels like an unexpected gift when it happens Well, whatever the reason, this seriously funny coming of age story had me LOL ing so often there are witnesses that I feel an obligation to share Much of the humor comes from its dialogue 1950 s slang and New Zealand idiom, malapropisms and idiosyncratic accents And Morrieson through his 14 year old narrator, Ned describes physical humor in a way that achieves slapstick genius N Why is laughing out loud at the written word so rare that it feels like an unexpected gift when it happens Well, whatever the reason, this seriously funny coming of age story had me LOL ing so often there are witnesses that I feel an obligation to share Much of the humor comes from its dialogue 1950 s slang and New Zealand idiom, malapropisms and idiosyncratic accents And Morrieson through his 14 year old narrator, Ned describes physical humor in a way that achieves slapstick genius Ned s voice hilariously renders a bookish, small town boy s experience, but it s his older sister, Prudence Poindexter, who steals the show as an ingenue for the ages And let s not forget the titular serial killer While cartoonish in his creepiness, the terror and devastation he causes is real And Morrieson has the writerly skill and moral decorum so that you never laugh when you shouldn t He even brought an actual tear to my eye His finesse makes this odd hybrid a Kiwi classic and one of the best novels I ve read all year The Scarecrow is a powerful crime novel, but instead of literature s typical rugged detectives, crooked cops, enigmatic FBI agents and classy women, the characters are a young brother and sister who find their lives affected when stories of a killer lurking around begin to taint their town. A friend recommended this book The first time I tried to read it, I hated it I don t know why It bugged me I read a couple chapters then stopped I tried to give it back to my friend and she say, You hold onto it and pick it up later I swear you ll love it It sat on my shelf for 3 years Then I picked it up again and LOVED it It is a great story that kept me totally engaged Funny how your head space at the time can change how you experience a book I finally gave it back to my friend w A friend recommended this book The first time I tried to read it, I hated it I don t know why It bugged me I read a couple chapters then stopped I tried to give it back to my friend and she say, You hold onto it and pick it up later I swear you ll love it It sat on my shelf for 3 years Then I picked it up again and LOVED it It is a great story that kept me totally engaged Funny how your head space at the time can change how you experience a book I finally gave it back to my friend with a big thank you