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Catherine House: A Novel (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Elisabeth Thomas (Tekijä)

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"[A] delicious literary Gothic debut." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE "Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step." - THE WASHINGTON POST A Most Anticipated Novel by Entertainment Weekly * New York magazine * Cosmopolitan * The Atlantic * Forbes * Good Housekeeping * Parade * Better Homes and Gardens * HuffPost * Buzzfeed * Newsweek * Harper's Bazaar * Ms. Magazine * Woman's Day * PopSugar * and more! A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school's promise of prestige. Trust us, you belong here. Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world's best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years--summers included--completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige, and that its graduates can become anything or anyone they desire. Among this year's incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline--only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school's enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves within the formidable iron gates of Catherine. For Ines, it is the closest thing to a home she's ever had. But the House's strange protocols soon make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school--in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence--might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum. Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:CatherineAlane
Teoksen nimi:Catherine House: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Elisabeth Thomas (Tekijä)
Info:Custom House (2020), 320 pages
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Avainsanoja:Fiction, Adult, Literary/Magical/Romance

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 46) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This book didn't really do it for me. I never found it very spooky/scary or even particularly tense, and even though the relationships are supposed to be super intense, I never felt that closeness. The characters blend together with only a couple of distinctive voices, and there's way more mention of what people are eating than I thought necessary. I mean, sure, if there's a special meal or if the food turns out to be poisoned, give us the details, but I don't need to hear how the same cookies taste every time a character eats them.

Also, I know Thomas set the novel in 1996 because she didn't want iPhones and stuff, but that puts these characters at about 2 years younger than I am, and they really don't seem like they're part of my generation, unless Catherine House recruitment targeted the smartest but least incredulous high schoolers born in the late 1970s. One parallel I can appreciate that I don't think Thomas intends is the one between plasm as a cure-all and campus health centers in the 90s dispensing SSRIs to every woman who came in for anything. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Oct 14, 2021 |
There is an otherworldly quality to this novel that is very unsettling.
Set inside an exclusive private college, the carefully selected students are allowed no contact with the outside world at all for 3 years. Descriptions of the strange coursework, the food and decadent partying, the louche ennui, and the hypnotic rituals conducted by the school are dreamlike and creepy. Students in need of 'rehabilitation' are taken to a horrible isolation tower that is a nightmare.
Some of the scenes of the warm, intense bonding of 18-to-20-year-olds 'finding their own people' in a demanding college are well imagined. And the revelations about secret pseudo-science research projects are mildly interesting.
By the end, it was a relief to close the book and leave this time-warped, shadowy world behind. ( )
  KatyBee | Feb 11, 2021 |
Catherine House is a special school. Tucked away in rural Pennsylvania, many students attempt to get in...but few are accepted. There is no tuition....the 3 years that students study at the school are absolutely free. Tuition, room and board, clothing....all free. But there's a catch -- there is no going home, no visitors, no talking about life outside Catherine House. And...no television, no technology, no radio..... Basically students at Catherine House are completely cut off from the world.

Ines Murillo managed to get a spot. She's not sure how....she did do all the work to get in. But she's not sure she belongs there....or that she really wants to be. Then she discovers a secret.....the dark secret that hides behind the prestige of Catherine House.

I listened to the audiobook version of this story. Narrated by Ines del Castillo, the audio is just over 11 hours long. Castillo reads at a nice pace and gives a great performance. Her voice is easy to understand and she does a wonderful job of voice acting. Enjoyable listening experience.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book....I had to let the story sink into my head for a few days before I could write this review. The first 2/3 of the book builds up some nice suspense....and I kept waiting for something crucial to happen. And I guess....;it did....but it just seemed a bit of a let down. Maybe I expected more? And I didn't like the ending....it just seemed odd and unsatisfying.

Others might feel differently. This is only my opinion. The book is well written. The premise is interesting. But the follow-through just fell a little flat for me.....and the ending was a dud. Maybe it's because the concept of a secretive school with a horrible secret has been done so many times before? Or maybe it's because I was expecting something a bit different and this story just wasn't for me? Not sure. But....I am very interested in reading more by this author. This book is well written....and I like Elisabeth Thomas' writing style. The plot just lost me in the last 1/3 of the book.
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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Random. Odd. Intriguing. Subtly dark, with an ambiguous ending. These words flitted through my mind as I stumbled through a story that felt like a weird episode of The Magicians. Even after finishing the book, I still don’t really get the point of the story. It felt unfinished, anti-climactic, unknowable, like a vivid dream recently awoken from that is too tangled and too random to describe coherently. There is a house, a school, students, professors, mind-control and mass hypnosis, plasm, secret experiments, mystery, ambiguity. Yet how to link them into any sort of decipherable pattern defies logic. I liked the writing. The plot was intriguing, but the ending left me with a what-the-hell-did-I-just-read kind of feeling. I have a feeling that this book will stay with me for a while, not in a pleasant recall of the story, but as a haunting, an eerie mind-fuck that is as unforgettable as it is indecipherable. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
Elisabeth Thomas has written a book called CATHERINE HOUSE (Custom House 5/12/2020) that made me feel like I was in the confusing fog between awake and deeply dreaming. The story isn’t confusing. That’s not what I mean. It’s that the characters, especially the main character, Ines, are living in a world that seems like it could be real, but if we didn’t have to blink, if we could focus just a little longer on what’s going on, we’d see the facade, the tricks of the light and slight-of-hand. There’s a well-crafted air of shadow-play to the story.

Following the college-aged students who move into an old school building to get a special kind of education from the staff of the Catherine House, the reader of this book will find herself wondering what it could mean to be part of the chosen crowd. Thomas’ gothic-mystery style story plays with scientific ideas, human behavior, femininity and power, the fluidity of sexuality, and the idealistic racial un-divide. It’s a path through a dark and thorny wood with flawed characters; people who are lost even when the way is clear and are lonely in a crowded room. They are those, like many of us, who have yet to become a part of something bigger. They’re searching for that acceptance and Catherine House promises to deliver. While there, they love. They lose. They find friendship and courage and the heartbreak of betrayal.

For Elisabeth Thomas, this is a strong debut. No doubt her Yale education had an influence on this novel. The mystery that surrounds a lauded community, the set-apart-ness, the promise of life leveled-up by an association with prestige, are all present in the story along with the possibility of divergence to a darker side of privilege. She’s done a wonderful job of capturing a moment of choice. ( )
  AlissaCMiles | Oct 20, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 46) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
With its cultlike fixation on control and secrecy, it’s clear from the outset that something is deeply wrong with Catherine House. The narrative feels haunted by a sense of decay and fear.... There are shades of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock as suspense builds in the winding corridors of the house and the twisting turns of the psyche. Moody and evocative as a fever dream, “Catherine House” is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step.
lisäsi Lemeritus | muokkaaWashington Post, Diana Abu-Jaber (maksullinen sivusto) (May 15, 2020)
 
It is a coming-of-age story, a thriller, science-fiction and a Gothic novel all at once.... Catherine House employs that wonderful Gothic convention of an inexplicable sense of wrongness.... With a compelling narrator and truly inventive setting, Catherine House embraces Gothic conventions even as it defies expectation and utilizes them in new and exciting ways. It challenges the genre while embracing it and takes readers on a truly unique journey.
lisäsi Lemeritus | muokkaaBookPage, Elyse Discher (May 12, 2020)
 
Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel.... Ines’s apathy can drag but nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards.
 
For fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (1992) and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas’ debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently.
 
Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas’s tale a delirious air, but at the book’s core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream. A
lisäsi Lemeritus | muokkaaPublishers Weekly (Feb 12, 2020)
 

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"[A] delicious literary Gothic debut." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE "Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step." - THE WASHINGTON POST A Most Anticipated Novel by Entertainment Weekly * New York magazine * Cosmopolitan * The Atlantic * Forbes * Good Housekeeping * Parade * Better Homes and Gardens * HuffPost * Buzzfeed * Newsweek * Harper's Bazaar * Ms. Magazine * Woman's Day * PopSugar * and more! A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school's promise of prestige. Trust us, you belong here. Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world's best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years--summers included--completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige, and that its graduates can become anything or anyone they desire. Among this year's incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline--only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school's enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves within the formidable iron gates of Catherine. For Ines, it is the closest thing to a home she's ever had. But the House's strange protocols soon make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school--in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence--might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum. Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.

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