Howard Norman The Haunting of L.

ISBN 13: 9780312421663

The Haunting of L.

3.52 avg rating
( 386 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312421663: The Haunting of L.
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

From the bestselling author of The Bird Artist, the final book in his Canadian trilogy (with The Bird Artist and The Museum Guard): a novel about spirit photographs, adultery, and murder

It is 1927. Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Across Canada, Linn has been arranging and photographing gruesome accidents for the private collection, in London, of a
Mr. Radin Heur—theirs is a macabre duet of art and violence.

When Peter arrives on the night of his employer’s wedding, his life changes in ways he scarcely could have imagined. Falling under the spell of Vienna’s brilliant and beautiful wife, Kala Murie, the uneasy ménage à trois moves to Peter’s native Halifax, where he reluctantly comes to share Kala’s obsession with spirit photographs as Vienna’s violent art reaches a terrifying climax.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

The Haunting of L., Howard Norman's exploration of depravity and the influence of remorse, overcomes an underdeveloped plot with a consistently eerie sense of suspense. Following the tragic death of his mother, Peter Duvett leaves his Halifax home and travels to Churchill, Manitoba, where he has accepted a job as an assistant to a photographer he has never met. The photographer, Vienna Linn, works for a local Jesuit, for whom he takes pictures of recently baptized townspeople. Duvett soon meets Linn's "exquisite" new bride, Kala Murie, a devoted student of spirit photography, a phenomenon in which the images of the deceased appear in photographs alongside family and friends. Things turn especially bizarre when Murie fills Duvett in on the truth about her husband before seducing him on her wedding night: Linn is working for a deranged English spiritualist, Radin Heur, who pays him to arrange and photograph train wrecks. As his affair with Murie intensifies, Duvett chooses to remain with the pair, a witness to Linn's murderous attempts to appease Heur and the consuming guilt that follows.

Duvett states that a good book, in his opinion, makes him "feel some nervousness, excitement, agitation, even fear about what happened next." By this standard, The Haunting of L. is indeed a worthwhile novel; a classically styled mystery and the sort of strange-but-true tale Duvett favors. Norman (author of The Bird Artist) captures stark snapshots of setting and character, eliciting anticipation by focusing on the essentials and leaving detail in the shadows. The Haunting of L. ends up as an effective ghost story, creating alluring tension in its obscurity, making for an intriguing, if underexposed, portrait. --Ross Doll

From the Back Cover:

" The Haunting of L is aptly named, for it is a remarkably haunting and evocative book, a story about passions of all species -- adulterous, murderous and artistic -- that grip not merely the living but even the dead. This is a memorable and gripping book by one of our most significant novelists." -- Scott Turow

“Howard Norman’s The Haunting of L. is his best work yet, a novel of romantic suspense which grips our attention and touches our hearts. Through Mr. Norman’s extraordinary gift of listening to the past, these voices speak again, photographs light up and move, lives driven by spiritual as much as by earthly passions are recovered and redeemed.” -- Thomas Pynchon

“Mr. Norman writes, as always, with an insistent otherness -- he most certainly is observing a world, in the words of Kipling, ‘beside the one you know.’ His vision is beautiful, disquieting, and cumulatively quite shockingly persuasive.” -- David Mamet

“As with The Bird Artist, Howard Norman here makes brilliant metaphoric use of the portrait-maker’s compulsion. Mysterious, morally complex, and erotically charged, The Haunting of L . is compelling on every level.” -- Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Norman, Howard
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Integrity Books Corp.
(Mayfield Heights, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000022623

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Howard Norman
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312421664

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Norman, Howard
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110312421664

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Norman, Howard
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0312421664

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.60
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Howard Norman
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312421664

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 60.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Howard Norman
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0312421664

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 78.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Howard Norman
Published by Picador (2003)
ISBN 10: 0312421664 ISBN 13: 9780312421663
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Picador, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0312421664n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 105.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds