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Compre Wolf in White Van: A Novel (English Edition) de John Darnielle na terrourocopa.tk Confira também os eBooks mais vendidos, lançamentos e livros . download the eBook Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle online from Australia's leading online eBook store. Download eBooks from Booktopia today. "Wolf in White Van is utterly magnificent. I was surprised and moved and amazed page after page after page. I am talking about audible gasp type stuff, and also.
Together, they begin to dance. I was surprised and moved and amazed page after page after page. I am talking about audible gasp type stuff, and also deeper, interior gasps of reflection and astonishment and gratitude. This story is a hard and beautiful human puzzle that will be a pleasure to solve and resolve over many readings. And you can quote me on that. Every day. That is all.
It helps that he's mostly wry about it.
As you read you waver between suspicions that the world itself is ill-made, and concern that the fundamental fault lies within our very brains. As for the writing, I'd go for anything else Darnielle writes like a shot.
A meditation on monstrosity, isolation, escape, and transformation, this trance of a novel lures us deep into the labyrinth of one young man's imagination. What we find there is alluring and feral, raw, unflinching and exquisite.
Absolutely fucking brilliant. Blisteringly authentic--like a garage-made bomb on a slow-burning fuse, or like Darnielle set out to adapt an old Iron Maiden T-shirt as a literary novel and succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. In the answerless nightlight of his grandmother's ghostly tv he has a too late static awakening. Nightly hauntings of something coming over him from outside or is it inside in speechless answers.
He's condemned to a life of never meeting his eyes. People hide behind rehearsal time smiles. The real world. Sean blew hi Forever is a question you start asking when you look at the ceiling. Sean blew his face off and the look back is ghastly joker smile to his parents. I can't really imagine the holes in his cheeks.
I wait for the film scare like in Pirates of the Caribbean and get the sad knowledge of granted actions forbidden to him. No answers, no bridges and too late. Before the "accident" and the is it inside or outside savior of his mind. Slide back to before. Saving is a crawl and inexplicable happiness welling up. I feel like the saving is the same feeling as when he was dying. The happiness is as the great unknown any why could be.
I have had this feeling that crawling out of the hole you dig for yourself is too hard to not stop before you're all the way out. I call it "wanting to feel like the real me" with a back burn I can't shake off that another reason exists of feeling close to the whys. Why would you do that terrible self destructive thing? I don't know. I couldn't tell you. No meeting of eyes. The real you does the savior thing that just means you didn't feel any of it was worth it.
I think Sean would say something amazing about not turning to the path to get the hell out. Stay around and find out what all of the shadows on the wall look like. What could you scare yourself into thinking they look like when the lights are going out. The real world doors of insurance papers and thank god waking up to not being welcome at home anymore. So he lives through the obliteration of old Sean. He can't exist ever again. He's buried in stone cold I wish it had never happened and I can't imagine that it never did grief.
He would have to kill who he is now to do it. Why did he try to do it before? He doesn't know and I believe him. The in-between Sean has to do the reality. So he invents his first game the Trace Italian.
One of those mysterious fantasy magazine write-in ads you might glance at. Maybe like a fantasy cover of a book you never get around to reading but you are reminded of it. If you ever tried to recreate a favorite story and probably badly ripped something off but you could trick yourself into a fever of your creation.
I did that forever. I'll like the stupidest stuff if it reminds me of the crap I sustained myself with because I get that feeling back. When Sean says that the Trace Italian is where people like him could be safe I felt included. I wanted to write in and make choose your adventure moves and wait for the mail to get the next turn. The kind of heroism you can only believe in by your own grace. The kind you can't promise yourself you'll have. I didn't wonder that someday, maybe now, no one plays Trace Italian anymore.
The real world returns and another way to pay the bills will have to be found. These were his only sort of graced friends, these players.
Two kids have their power from invisible sources. Her parents blame Sean and Trace Italian.
The game made them take it too seriously. It was proof in their paths. What made them not know that Kansas nights can be so cold? In his letter read to Carrie's parents in trial Sean cannot leave out that their move was the correct one. Their pull in his ghosts is undeniable in another player, Chris, who quits on his own terms. I wanted to stay where he was when he gave up not being able to sleep at night because he could see the bodies in the trace.
Sean could see their moves. Whenever he's back then or now, whichever is which of the real world or letting go. I cannot help wanting both.
To be the Sean that had to have the Trace, a companion he calls Marco and grafted out of those magic where did they come from impressions. It's all true. They cannot come from just you and it's a horrifying feeling of being both alone and never alone to know it. Of course no one could have made Sean make a monster out of himself. There may as well be a time lock like out of Doctor Who. You can't return to when you did it and know yourself. What he can do is make wordless soul movements that stop before they can end when those kids could have made him their unexplainable.
It felt so real me in the before, the since, the after and the yawning future the way it traces that is it you or is it the world where does it come from. This book is so perfect I can't stand it. I wish that I was still reading Wolf in White Van. I could see in my mind's eye that I can't always get out of the way leaning on it in dark impulses. Warm ones, too. I kind of wish that I was all of them and I'd be able to step outside and reach the future and the end.
I thought about the guy in the truck, the focus in his expression, and I felt like I already knew enough of the story to tell it to somebody else maybe better than either of its major players could. View all 12 comments. Aug 29, Leah rated it did not like it Shelves: Upon finishing Wolf in White Van , I spent a good hour reading reviews - what were they seeing that I couldn't?
That was back in August. Now, weeks later, I've gone back and looked at those reviews again, the glowing praise, the life-changing commentary. Still I'm not getting it and that more than anything is what frustrates me.
Even when I don't like a book I can still see the other side, understand just what its fans find so appealing. That's not the case here. Wolf in White Van is barely over pages that still managed to take a few days to read. I hate to say it, but I think I'll be sticking with Darnielle's songs, rather than any upcoming novels.
I will say though, that the cover is simply stunning. The title is a metallic foil and when the sun hits it just so For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby! Sep 29, Maciek rated it it was ok Shelves: Wolf in White Van has received excellent advance reviews, and now has been longlisted for the National Book Award.
I knew nothing about the book and its author before picking it up - I only read it because of the title and the NBA nomination. The latter is a particular surprise, considering that it's a debut novel and that the author is more widely known for being a musician and leading an indie band. The book introduces Sean Philips, who at the age of 17 suffered a serious accident - one which h Wolf in White Van has received excellent advance reviews, and now has been longlisted for the National Book Award.
The book introduces Sean Philips, who at the age of 17 suffered a serious accident - one which has left him permanently disfigured,and turned him into a recluse who has retreated into the world of fantasy. But during his recovery Sean has invented a role-playing game which he called Trace Italian, which became his source of income.
Trace Italian is an RPG which is played through snail mail, and where players journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Each player picks a move from the list of options and sends it to Sean, who in turn develops the story for them and sends a letter back with new moves to choose. Everything is going fine until two high school students from Florida, Lance and Corinne, turn the game into real-life, and Sean is called to personally account for it. I can't help but scratch my head at all the good ratings - I found the book to be tremendously boring and only finished it out of obligation its short length also helped.
But then what I did expect from a book about a mail version of Dungeons and Dragons? It's never specifically stated when the book is set - or at least I didn't notice it - but such game could be popular somewhere in the 19th century, before the invention of the internet. There's a number of games which can be played in this way - such as chess, or strategic games requiring lots of planning - but I'd argue that an epic quest isn't one. Still, I would like to learn more about the game - why was it successful?
What distinguished it from other attempts at the same thing? But the game is only the background for the story, with the obvious focus put on Sean - and his ruminations on various topics: Sadly, I never grew to like or even care about Sean and his thoughts didn't give me anything new to think about. The nature of his accident is also purposefully never entirely explained, and the reader is never given much insight into Sean's character; and the novel's non-linear structure jumps between the past and the present, forcing the reader to put the pieces together - which didn't help as I couldn't become interested in these pieces in the first place, and in the end couldn't care about what happened at all.
I'm puzzled by all the great reviews and the nomination for a prestigious award - obviously the book did something for other readers, but it ended up doing absolutely nothing for me. Sep 25, Kinga rated it really liked it Shelves: His new condition of looking like a one person freak show has him practically house-bound, so he invents other worlds and sets his mail-subscription role playing games there.
Sean is not the sort of guy who was very popular before. When his mother worries he would be lonely after he leaves the hospital, he says: But the choice is an illusion. The most daring think you can do is to opt out and leave the game altogether, like Chris, the guy who quit on his own terms. This happened in this book too.
Our old selves are a mystery to us. We keep the memories but the hero of those memories is a stranger to us. The phrase 'Wolf in White Van' comes from the supposed subliminal messages hidden in rock and metal songs.
You know, if you play them backward, Satan will speak to you. This is also what this novel does with its back to front structure. So what is the hidden message here? Is there any?
Or am I just hearing things because I decided I would hear them? Maybe the supposed message is just accidental or maybe it can be only understood by a chosen few. Similar complaints were voiced by some reviewers who just wanted the book to speak to them clearly and explain everything in capital letters. Ha ha. Or John Darnielle. I did spend a lot of time alone but was perfectly content to get on with my strange projects.
And I never felt there was something that needed understanding. Maybe I was just blessed with the right kind of parents but my diary was full of cringe-inducing entries in which I described how happy I was and how perfect the world was. I miss being that person. View all 5 comments. Oct 27, Elyse Walters rated it really liked it.
I first learned of this book a couple of years ago in Austin, Texas. It was a highlighted book - front center -at "Book People" Standing next to another customer he told me how much he loved the book and had read it twice. The more the guy talked - I was sure it wasn't a book for me. I don't remember p I first learned of this book a couple of years ago in Austin, Texas. I don't remember paying too much attention to lots of reviews. I might have read a couple I couldn't remember what this book was about when I downloaded the audiobook.
It was available from my library - on a day I was out for a long walk What a surprise! The audiobook pulls you in immediately. Right away we know there was some type of awful accident - we are curious -- WHAT type of accident? Why is this person coming in and out of hospitals? An adult? A child? The unfolding of the narration keeps us on our toes I even started to want to know about this game I cared about Sean Philips Thank you to the new world of audiobook's..
I gave it a try Oct 01, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: I guess my only focused complaint is that the book is a good bit too small for such a giant subject. Still, it manages quite well with the little bit of room it takes up, with much in the way of subtext and gentle but effective prodding of big, important topics like mental instability, and that way a small thing can feel like some overwhelming everything in its peak and for some, their last moment, especially when you're young and lacking in some much-needed perspective.
It kept reminding me o I guess my only focused complaint is that the book is a good bit too small for such a giant subject. It kept reminding me of that line from The Virgin Suicides where the doctor questions the first suicide-attempter's suicide attempt the one with the Celeste-y name yes, I'm being lazy with something to the tune of "you're not even old enough to know how bad life gets.
I appreciated that angle, of the adult working backwards, reflecting on feeling incapable of connection and retreating into a fantasy world in order to cope with varying degrees of harsh realities. I especially liked all the parts in the scorched Earth style game world, and wish there had been more of them - and to state the obvious, there would have been in a longer book.
I never got into the roleplaying thing and gave my brother a hearty amount of shit for it over the years , but I can see a little better now how it could be a useful means of compartmentalizing and coping with feelings of otherness and social awkwardness, powerlessness in the face of things like poverty and puberty and parental units, being a kid blah blah.
Wait, maybe that sounds snotty and condescending. I don't mean it that way. I mean like me with headphones escaping into music or compulsively reading, except a more complicated and less isolating version with more dice and more time at Denny's.
This is a really strong albeit brief first novel from a fairly famous guy who probably didn't even need to write anything in the first place in order to make that dollar, so I encourage everyone to read it and love it and praise it on the internet so he will write a longer and more complex work that will really, really shine.
All the ingredients are here. I just wish more time would've been spent explaining the relationship of the narrator with his ladygal she felt a little bit tacked on , that I could've known more about the two kids who met tragedy as a result of the game, and that I understood the familial and schoolyard dynamics better.
We were getting there, and then the book ended. Write a biggin', dude! Don't be coy! Last thing: I notice a lot of people have shelved this book as "Young Adult". It made me start to wonder if I have some misconceptions about what the genre entails. Do we call something "Young Adult" just for having non-adults in some parts of it, even though the narrator is an adult and the subject matter is, ummm, very very grim?
Does that mean Wuthering Heights is YA? Great Expectations? The Friday the 13th flicks, and almost every horror franchise ever? Infinite Jest? I'm confused. Seriously, I'm just wondering where the line is drawn. Please to discuss. View all 34 comments.
Aug 20, Tony rated it liked it. I found myself frustrated by this. It was one of these really interesting reads that I was rooting for. You know, it had all kinds of promise early on, but ultimately left me cold.
The story itself is a fascinating dreamlike inner portrait of a damaged kid. Darnielle's structure plays with time, putting things in reverse order for the most part.
And there's a defining incident at the end, but there's no drama to it because it's referred to so much earlier that we know what it is.
And that must b I found myself frustrated by this. And that must be intentional. He obviously didn't want a shocking twist ending. I guess my problem is that after reading the book I don't know what the author's intention was.
View 1 comment. Sep 22, Imogen rated it it was amazing. View all 11 comments. Jul 08, Larry H rated it liked it. John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van is quirky and cool, tremendously creative and a little bewildering. How's that for a reading experience? When Sean Phillips was 17 he suffered a disfiguring injury that left him near death. Even years later, people still stop and stare at him when they see him, and he lives an isolated life, practically estranged from his parents, and apart from periodic errands, he sees only his doctors and a visiting nurse who helps care for him.
While Sean was recovering in th John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van is quirky and cool, tremendously creative and a little bewildering.
While Sean was recovering in the hospital, he invented a role-playing game called Trace Italian, which leads people through a dystopian world full of violence, danger, and risk. Played through the mail, Trace Italian and several other games Sean invented have allowed him to live independently and exercise his creativity. But when two teenagers, Lance and Carrie, get a little too involved in the game and bring it into reality, Sean is forced to account for his game, and examine if he in any way encouraged their actions.
As he reflects upon Lance and Carrie's decisions, Sean also examines his life, and how he got to this point. He explores the impact his injury has had on his everyday existence and his relationships with his family and friends, and tries to determine what his future holds. I'm not sure why, but I guess I was expecting a book along the lines of Ernest Cline's fantastic Ready Player One—a first-hand look inside of a role-playing game and how it affected both those who play and the creator.
But while Wolf in White Van does touch on Trace Italian periodically, this is a far more introspective, brooding study of a deeply flawed and troubled yet sympathetic character. I thought John Darnielle told a great story, and I really liked Sean's character. I just found that the book left me with more questions than answers. I was hoping for more of an understanding of why Sean did what he did I'm being purposely oblique so as not to spoil the way the book unfolds , and also wished that the book had gone a little more in depth into his interactions with Lance and Carrie.
This is a book that requires a little patience because it takes a while for the story to take hold of you, but it's worth it. While I think people will have different interpretations of the events in the book, there will be little doubt that Darnielle is a great writer, and I look forward to seeing where his career goes from here.
View all 15 comments. Oct 04, Paul rated it liked it.
Look, I'll say upfront this review less a review than scatter-shot personal impressions likely won't be helpful to anyone. My tastes can be picayune and I think this book is a perfect example of that. There are many excellent moments and pretty sentences, but the whole didn't quite fit together for me. Speaking as a former high school misfit the former refers to high school, not the misfit I dig me a good story from that POV.
But I dig me a misfit story that takes a more 3. But I dig me a misfit story that takes a more honest look at the misfit. Maybe "honest" isn't a fair word for me to use, but it's all I have. I thought WiWV fetishized and elevated the game play and players a bit too much. And Sean was too precious at times and his avatar of suffering again, fetishized; a Christ for all those nerds like me who would show them all someday and thematic apotheosis a bit too forcibly assigned deeper meaning.
Jesus, I feel like I have to explain why I only liked and didn't love this book and I'm flailing and failing miserably. But there it is. Maybe I'll read it again later with a clearer head. I can't tell you when that clarity would ever happen though. Apr 11, Matthew Quann rated it really liked it. Have you ever wondered how much credence you put into the fictional worlds that your favourite fictional characters inhabit?
What if a fictional world was the only thing left to help you cope with extreme trauma? Perhaps a gross simplification, but Wolf in White Van poses these questions through the actions and thoughts of its narrator, Sean Phillips. Told in non-chronological order, "Wolf in White Van" is told entirely from the perspective of Sean who's face is severely disfigured through event Have you ever wondered how much credence you put into the fictional worlds that your favourite fictional characters inhabit?
Told in non-chronological order, "Wolf in White Van" is told entirely from the perspective of Sean who's face is severely disfigured through events that become more clear throughout the novel. Sean operates an old-school pen-and-paper survival game that forms the bulk of his life following the accident.
To say much more would be spoiling what is a really original and interesting read that is best unveiled on its own merits. The result is a really quite challenging, though highly enjoyable, reading experience. I kept trying to piece together what the purpose of the story was, trying to parse out hidden meaning, trying to understand Sean and the decisions he makes. Again, without spoiling too much, Sean's narratorial voice keeps the book afloat during sections that could have dragged on without his wit and insight.
As a reader, Sean's story is compelling precisely because he holds little back from the audience. You are forced to immerse yourself in Sean's psyche to try and puzzle out what exactly this story is all about.
The cover which has to be one of the coolest covers in recent memory , suggests the maze of the book you are about to enter. Indeed, I found myself wondering more than a few times how the novel would resolve in a meaningful way and whether or not I'd be able to figure out what was going on.
This may make it sound like a frustrating read at times it is , but I think it will also lend itself to many re-reads in the future. While I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, Wolf in White Van is a unique reading experience that should pique the interest of any seasoned reader. Aug 08, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: This novel has a unique premise and voice, and I really enjoyed reading it. I just wish I had read it in a group because there is a lot to discuss after finishing.
I felt I knew more when I started then when it was over, and I've been listening to the author's band ever since and I just don't know where I am anymore.
I applaud the author for the original concept of this book as well as the outstanding prose. After a disfiguring injury Sean, who now must live in his mind creates a game by mail called Trace Italian.
He is able to make a modest living from this game, which is endangered by the unfortunate fate of two of the players. Despite physical and mental despair, with this he finds something to live for, something in which he is engaged.
A place he escape to when his stress level is high. I wish I could ha I applaud the author for the original concept of this book as well as the outstanding prose. I wish I could have connected more with this story and with Sean as well.
There is much about music, old movies and other cultural references which, maybe because I am not a gamer, I could not relate. The book is structured so that the ending is basically told first and the present told last.
There are many references along the way so that the ending, which is really the beginning, is not a shock. Jul 21, Julia Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best books of I have never read anything like this.
At once gentle and brutal, Wolf in White Van tells a story about a teenager—a fantasy lover, a gamer, sort of a loner—who approaches the edge of inner darkness and keeps going. We all create an imaginary world to cope with living in this one; how far is too far, too deep in fantasy? Sean leads us through a sometimes perplexing, shadowy path with unexpected empathy and spirit. Sep 24, Snotchocheez rated it it was ok.
My knee-jerk reaction would be to slap one star on Wolf in White Van , move on and be done with it. It made me angry. It left me confused and depressed. It gave precious few clues why protagonist Sean, debilitated by a "disfiguring injury" at age 17 and loses himself in creating fantasy role playing games does what he does, thinks what he thinks.
I suppose My knee-jerk reaction would be to slap one star on Wolf in White Van , move on and be done with it. I suppose this was Darnielle's intention, but I can't applaud the effort.
Other than that, though, I just can't fathom any other reason to read this. I had to take a bit of time to mull over this before writing about it. For one thing, I discovered after finishing it that the protagonist is at least partly based on a real person, and therefore the story isn't as wonderfully original as I had been assuming. My original opening paragraph for this review was going to be about the magic of fiction that makes you think, wonderingly, where the hell did they get this idea from, how can anyone be this imaginative, not because it diverges wildly from I had to take a bit of time to mull over this before writing about it.
My original opening paragraph for this review was going to be about the magic of fiction that makes you think, wonderingly, where the hell did they get this idea from, how can anyone be this imaginative, not because it diverges wildly from reality, i.
SFF or horror, but precisely because it does align with the world familiar to you and yet you can't begin to understand how someone could just conjure it up out of thin air. For another thing, the ending really pulled the rug out from under me. One of my early notes on Wolf in White Van read 'imagination is a refuge'; I felt an intimate connection with the protagonist and the interior world he exists within.
I felt strangely and delightfully cosy in the certainty that imagination is a refuge. Yet the ending seems a rebuke to all that, a slap in the face and a telling-off for readers who've seen themselves in Sean.
Imagination is dangerous, it seems to say; imagination is a deadly drug. I knew next to nothing about the book when I started it, and I'll pre-emptively answer the obvious question by saying now that my familiarity with the Mountain Goats extends to the fact that I've heard of them.
As in: I know that's the name of a band. That's it. Anyway, Wolf in White Van is about Sean Phillips, whose face is terribly disfigured in an accident when he's a teenager. During his recovery, he has dreams about a stranger leading him into an 'eerie desert landscape'.
He develops the vision into a scorched-planet scenario in which the remaining humans must search for shelter, and when he's out of hospital, he turns this idea into a game called Trace Italian. Like a choose-your-own-adventure book, if, instead of turning to page xx when you made a choice, you had to send off a letter, and get the next page in the post a week later.
There are lots of digressions and little subplots. Lots of bits of Sean's past and his present, pulling together like scattered iron filings to a magnet. The story is told in reverse albeit very loosely , working back to the day of Sean's injury, so the ending can't be called a twist, and yet when the pivotal moment finally comes, it is still shocking.
I felt so close to Sean. I felt like he was someone I knew — no, closer than that, I felt like in some way I was him. Over the years I've occasionally alluded to this particular thing that can happen in novels, and I've seen lots of other people talk about it too — there really should be some German portmanteau term for it — that thing where a fictional character articulates things you have fleetingly thought or felt but never told anyone, and it's as though they've been right inside your head.
I don't mean 'secrets', just things you would never even think of giving voice to. Parts of your individual interiority that you might naively assume are unique. Sean is one of those characters. Darnielle has a certain way of phrasing things that makes you think yes, that's exactly it, which I suppose is not so surprising for a lyricist. I don't really have any conclusion to draw about this book. I really liked it; it gave me lots to think about. I definitely want to read more from Darnielle.
TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr I am loathe to write too much about Wolf in White Van. As much as any book I can recall, it's something I don't want to spoil in any fashion for potential readers. It's a stunner Like life I am loathe to write too much about Wolf in White Van. A search for meaning and a desire for things to make sense are human instincts: They also are components of a reader's expectation when picking up a book.
An exploration of finding meaning in others' actions is worthy, profound, fertile ground for a writer. Wolf in White Van is deceptively simple, elegantly designed and plainly and powerfully written. Upon finishing the final, devastating page, I spent the next half hour re-reading key portions of the book. I've returned to it several times since.
The further away I get from completing the narrative, the more this book unpacks itself in my mind, revealing new layers and concepts, undiscovered feats and treasures. Wolf in White Van is stunning. I'm not the guy to come up with it Oct 16, Kevin rated it liked it. A little confused by the overall reading experience with this one.
I was pretty engaged all the way but ultimately felt like all the parts, all the shifting dark moods and small subplots, are not explored as deeply as I wanted them to be. A lot of great scenes but they still felt unmoored at the end.
View 2 comments. Jan 09, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: The strange front cover art drew me in first admittedly because usually books themed around a role-playing game don't interest me in the slightest, but there's a lot more to this book than it initially appears and it's well worth the read. The main character is as unique as the story itself.