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The cabin at the end of the world a novel (édition 2018)

par Paul Tremblay

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 "A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay's personal best. It's that good."  -- Stephen King The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King's Misery, Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum's cult hit The Girl Next Door. Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what's going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won't want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world." Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay. "Read Paul Tremblay's new novel, The Cabin at the End of the World, and you might not sleep for a week. Longer. It will shape your nightmares for months - that's pretty much guaranteed." -- NPR "Gripping, horrifying, and mesmerizing." -- GQ "A tour-de-force of psychological and religious horror." -- BN.com "A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice." -- Kirkus Reviews "Tremblay has a real winner here." -- Tor.com… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The cabin at the end of the world a novel
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Cabin at the End of the World starts out really strong with a premise that grabs you and keeps you turning the pages, but once you find out what the home invaders want from the family the book starts to drag getting repetitive and including a lot of filler before reaching a whimper of an ambiguous ending that didn’t really work for me..

While the three family members are well fleshed out (especially the seven year old daughter), the four invaders are pretty thinly characterized. The two women in particular don’t feel as distinctive as the men do and I wished we gotten to see more of who the group got together and planned.

The author was very dedicated to keeping thing ambiguous, a little too dedicated in my opinion. He always makes sure there’s always a semi-plausible explanation for what the characters are seeing, but the explanations are convoluted enough that in the end the supernatural explanation made the most sense to me, so after a certain point the ambiguity hurt the story for me. By the end we get no concrete answers to any of the questions that are brought up during the book, even minor inconsequential ones.

On the whole I don’t regret reading the book, I was invested enough in what would happen to keep turning the pages, but I in the end the author’s dedication to ambiguity brought the whole story down for me.. It was a quick read (I finished it in one sitting), but I think it could have been tightened up into a really great novella. If you like ambiguity in your stories, I’d definitely recommend it. ( )
  Themeros | Oct 30, 2022 |
Certainly a timely book, I love how the author leaves it up to the reader to figure out how this will end. Throughout the whole book, I considered, "if this is the real apocalypse, how will the author explain it happening?" I needn't have worried; the other had it all under control.
It's interesting how the author paralleled Wen picking out the grasshoppers, who then suffered an agonizing death because of her, compared with what then happened to her and her family.
P.25:
"Leonard is on his knees with his great and terrible arms outstretched. his face is big and sad in the way all honest faces are sad. he says, 'none of what's going to happen is your fault. You haven't done anything wrong, but the three of you will have to make some tough decisions. Terrible decisions, I'm afraid. I wish with all of my broken heart you didn't have to.'
wen fumbles up the stairs, still going backward, with eyes only for the confusing amalgams of wood and metal The strangers are carrying.
Leonard yells, but he doesn't sound angry or distressed. He's yelling to be heard over the expanding distance between them. 'your dads won't want to let us in, wen. but they have to. tell them they have to. we are not here to hurt you. we need your help to save the world. Please.' "

P.84:
"Leonard says, 'your family must choose to willingly sacrifice one of your three in order to prevent the Apocalypse. after you make what I know is an impossible choice, you must then kill whoever it is you choose. If you fail to make the choice or fail to follow through with the sacrifice, the world will end. The three of you will live but the rest of humanity, 7 billion plus, will perish.' Leonard's mannerless, reading-the-high-school-morning-announcements tone becomes the breathless impassioned entreaty of a zealot. 'and you will only live long enough to witness the horror of the end of everything and be left to wander the devastated planet alone, permanently and cosmically alone.' "

P.101:
"Andrew hears the movement first, a quick shuffle of feet coming from Redmond's direction. Andrew assumes the noise is Redmond scrambling onto his feet, but he has not moved. Redmond is still kneeling on the floor, his spine straight and masked head held high. Then there's a loud stomp on the floor behind redmond. Adriane's right foot is forward, planted only inches behind Redmond's feet. Her hips pivot and she swings her staff. the sphere of raking claws comets through the air and the rusted metal crashes into the right side of redmond's face.
He sways with the impact, but he recovers and straightens again and remains kneeling and upright. a slight but visible shiver ripples throughout his body. A high-pitched, animal wimper escapes from under his mask."

P.148-9:
Andrew shouts at the others. 'Redmond isn't his name! You assholes using fake names, too? Did God tell you to do that?'
Adriane still has her hands over her face. 'what the hell is he talking about?'
Sabrina says, 'no, none of us are using fake names. Same for you guys, right?' Adriane and Leonard say, 'yeah,' and 'of course.' She looks distrustful of andrew, afraid of him and what he's saying.
'that dead guy out there, the one you killed. His name is Jeff o'bannon.'
'Jeff o'bannon?' Eric repeats the man's name out loud and then says it many more times in his creaky head. it's a name he knows, or a name he should know, and should be able to put a face to or summon a dossier of significance for.
'he's the guy who attacked me in the bar, eric! It's him!' "

P.157:
"...Andrew recalls reading about a uniquely 21st-century mental-health crisis with the growing population of people suffering from clinically paranoid, psychotic delusions deciding to ignore professional help and cut themselves off from friends and family. these people are instead seeking emotional support online where they have found hundreds, even thousands, of like-minded people (many of whom refer to themselves as 'targeted individuals' or 'TIs') on social media and yes, on message boards. online, the delusion sufferer is not told what she is experiencing is a chemical lie or the result of misfiring synopses and she is not accused of being crazy. the online groups reinforce and validate the delusions because the same thing is happening to them. There was a man who recently shot and killed three people on an army base in Louisiana; he had been part of a large online group of TI's who blogged and posted YouTube videos explaining how a shadow government was stalking them and using mind control weapons in an attempt to destroy their lives."

P.185-6:
"Andrew's face is red, and his body shrinks under the assault of Leonard's insistent size and strength Andrew's breaths are coarse and irregular. His feet slide and stab out from behind Leonard, desperate for purchase and a path to freedom, but he isn't going anywhere. Andrew drops suddenly – perhaps purposefully – to his knees as though his ankles and shins are made of thin cardboard and crumpled under his weight. Leonard stumbles, loses balance, and bashes the side of his head against the wall's wooden panels. He pops back upright and vigorously attempts to shake the gun free, yanking Andrew's arms up and down, and side to side, and then wen doesn't see or hear or feel anything anymore."

P.219-20:
" 'back away now or I start swinging. And find yourself a chair to sit in, too.' Andrew has taught apocalyptic literature for years, calling his course 'this is how the world ends.' the course has occasionally included a literary analysis of the Bible's book of Revelation and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding their red black, white, and pale horses. over the years the course syllabus has evolved, but one of the main arguments / discussions he has with his students remains a constant no matter how bleak or dire end-of-the-world scenarios appeal to us because we take meaning from the end. Aside from the obvious and well-discussed idea that our narcissism is served when imagining we, out of all the billions to perish might survive, Andrew has argued there's also undeniable Allure to witnessing the beginning of the end and perishing along with everyone and everything else. He has impiously said to a classroom, to the scowl of more than a few students, 'within the kernel of end times awe and ecstasy is the seed of all organized religions.' of course Andrew has figured out the four strangers' quasi-christian endgame, but he doesn't want Sabrina explaining it and making biblical connections in front of Eric – his Catholic faith is as confounding and mysterious to Andrew as it is endearing – while he's in this addled, vulnerable mental state."

P.270:
" 'what will we do? We can't go on.'
'We'll go on.'
we stare, and we watch the rain and we watch our faces, and we don't say anything, and we say everything.
Eric pulls the gun off Andrew's chest, lowers his arm and drops the gun to the forest floor. He leans into andrew. Andrew leans into eric.
We lean into each other and our heads are side by side, cheek to cheek. Our arms hang at our sides like lowered flags, but our fingers find each other's fingers, and we hold on.
The sky is a depthless black, impossible to not attribute malignancy and Malice to it as strobing flashes of lightning split it open. Wind and thunder rattle through the forest, sounding like the earth dying screaming. The storm swirls directly over us. But we've been through countless other storms. Maybe this one is different. Maybe it isn't.
We will pick the truck keys out of the mud. we will lift wen into our arms and we will carry her and we will remember her and we will love her as we will love ourselves. we will walk down the road even if it is flooded by Raging Waters or blocked by fallen trees or if greedy fissures open beneath our feet. and we will walk the perilous roads after that one.
We will go on." ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Underbar bok. Man kastas direkt in i den fruktansvärda handlingen och det bara fortsätter. Det är spännande/otäckt i flera lager utan att bli sliskigt och det är svårt att lägga den ifrån sig. Här har jag fått mig en ny favoritförfattare. ( )
  Mikael.Linder | Jul 7, 2022 |
Fantastic! ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
This is the first novel I've read by Paul Tremblay.

It just didn't work for me. I chose this novel because it sounded dark and suspenseful. Which , I suppose it was. I initially loved the family in this book and I was rooting for them at the beginning, and I did feel the suspense at first when they were being kept in the cabin. However, the four characters that showed up just seemed like comical characters to me and I couldn't take them seriously, which ruined the suspense. If this book had been written as a dark comedy I think I would have enjoyed it more.

This book is written in present tense (which isn't my preference, but I'll try it occasionally). There's also a chapter near the end which is strangely written in first person, from two collective points of view, which is just confusing and I'm not sure why the author thought this was necessary. At this point though, I was just reading to get to the end: the story was over-written and repetitive, with lots of backstory which was just filler.

After this I'll be reluctant to read other works by this author. ( )
  Triduana | Jan 25, 2022 |
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 "A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay's personal best. It's that good."  -- Stephen King The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King's Misery, Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum's cult hit The Girl Next Door. Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what's going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won't want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world." Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay. "Read Paul Tremblay's new novel, The Cabin at the End of the World, and you might not sleep for a week. Longer. It will shape your nightmares for months - that's pretty much guaranteed." -- NPR "Gripping, horrifying, and mesmerizing." -- GQ "A tour-de-force of psychological and religious horror." -- BN.com "A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice." -- Kirkus Reviews "Tremblay has a real winner here." -- Tor.com

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