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by Matt Haig

Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Matt Haig
ISBN: 0224084925
ISBN13: 978-0224084925
Language: English
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (January 13, 2009)
Pages: 256
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In Matt Haig's two previous novels for adults, THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE LABRADOR PACT, the author . Matt Haig's previous novels have hardly been light, sunny affairs, but in THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE, his writing turns darker than ever.

In Matt Haig's two previous novels for adults, THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE LABRADOR PACT, the author skillfully utilized naïve narrators. In both cases, he successfully allowed the reader to use his or her more sophisticated knowledge to fill in the gaps in understanding left by those telling the stories -- in one case a child, in the other a dog. In THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE, his third book for adults, Haig does much the same thing. In this case, however, the narrator is far from innocent.

The Possession of Mr Cave: First Few Pages. Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view.

Matt Haig's first novel for young readers, Shadow Forest, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Gold Smarties Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans.

In Matt Haig's two previous novels for adults, THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE LABRADOR PACT, the author .

Matt Haig has a great ability to immediately put a welcome (and sometimes unwelcome) image in your mind of what’s . Disturbing yet thought-provoking. This book steps into the obsessive, paranoid and unstable world of Mr Cave.

Matt Haig has a great ability to immediately put a welcome (and sometimes unwelcome) image in your mind of what’s going on here through his words, and that’s what made this book stand out for me. It’s one of my favourites because it really turned a cog in my imagination here. People can change into something unrecognisable from their former selves.

In all honesty I was sad to see it go, as it was by far the oldest item we had on sale. Is this an authentic Franz Bergman?' she asked me. 'Yes,' I told her, through her nods. An amazing period for the decorative arts in Austria. The detail is quite exceptional. Her pretty mouth twitched in a manner that reminded me of an inquisitive mouse. She raised the small bronze beauty to eye level. I have a Barrias from around the same period,' she said.

244pp, Jonathan Cape, £1. 9. To give away any more of the plot would be wrong. Ours seems to have become an over-protective culture, where every stranger glimpsed in a park is transformed by suspicion into a lurking child-molester, and everything our children eat, drink and see on the internet is a potential hazard to mind, body or soul. The Possession of Mr Cave is a compelling book; a page-turner in the best sense of the word, in that most of the suspense comes from character.

The possession of Mr. Cave. Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys

The possession of Mr. What otherwise might be a mundane story of an overprotective father and his teenage daughter becomes involving when it is revealed early on that he is mysteriously haunted by the spirit of his. Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal.

FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother's suicide and his wife's murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family's golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world's malign forces, whatever that may take.

With his characteristic black humour, Matt Haig tells a story of distorted love. It is a nightmare of gothic proportions, with chilling resonance for anyone who has been a parent or a frustrated teenager.Terence Cave, intellectual, music-lover and owner of Cave Antiques, has experienced more than his share of tragedies. His mother’s suicide and his young wife’s death at the hands of burglars left him to bring up his young twins alone. And now one of them has died in a grotesque accident as a result of bullying.Bryony, the remaining twin, has always been the family’s great hope: a golden teenager, in love with her cello and her pony, clever, sweet and eager to please. Now that she is all Terence has left, he realizes that his one duty in life is to keep her safe from the world’s malign forces, whatever that may take. As he starts to follow his grieving daughter’s movements, and enforces a draconian set of rules purely for her own safety, the voices in his head convince him to protect her innocence at any cost. In this compulsive novel, the characteristic black humour of The Last Family in England and The Dead Fathers Club moves even further to the dark side. Matt Haig lays bare the process by which Terence’s love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that will lead to destruction and, ultimately, murder.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Comments to eBook The Possession of Mr Cave
Centrizius
What can I say, I love Matt Haig! His books are different and I've read them all!
Dogrel
In Matt Haig's two previous novels for adults, THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE LABRADOR PACT, the author skillfully utilized naïve narrators. In both cases, he successfully allowed the reader to use his or her more sophisticated knowledge to fill in the gaps in understanding left by those telling the stories --- in one case a child, in the other a dog. In THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE, his third book for adults, Haig does much the same thing. In this case, however, the narrator is far from innocent. Instead, Haig relies on readers to fill in the gaps of credibility and logic left by the growing instability of a most unreliable narrator.

THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE takes the form of a book-length letter written by the title character to his 15-year-old daughter, Bryony (called Petal affectionately), whom he addresses in the second person throughout the novel. The book opens with a bloodcurdling scream, as Terence Cave and Bryony become witness to the accidental death of Bryony's twin brother Reuben. Reuben, who has always been a troubled boy, afflicted with a large birthmark and plagued by the teasing of other kids his age, has also never been his father's favorite (as the reader learns gradually during Mr. Cave's narrative). But when Reuben fatally falls from a light post after attempting a daredevil stunt in front of a group of local boys, Mr. Cave falls into a sort of madness.

Terence Cave is no stranger to death --- his mother died when he was a small boy, and his wife lost her life during a robbery when their children were babies. But in the wake of Reuben's death, Mr. Cave becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting the one person he still holds dear: Bryony. Bryony is a beautiful girl, though, right on the border of womanhood, and her loveliness has attracted the attention of several neighborhood boys --- namely one, Denny, who was part of the gang goading on Reuben during that fateful night.

Convinced that Denny has designs to hurt Bryony one way or another, desperate not to lose his daughter to a most unsuitable boy, Mr. Cave grows increasingly desperate --- following Bryony to parties and clubs, lurking outside her school or her friends' houses to catch her in the act of deception, finally locking her in the attic for her own protection. Cave seems determined to freeze Bryony in time --- at the point in her life before Reuben's death, when she was an innocent, bright, creative girl whose main interest was playing the cello --- and to lock her away the same way he might put one of the antiques in his shop behind glass. Mr. Cave is convinced his increasingly violent mind is being controlled by the unsettled spirit of his dead son, but the real question is who's possessing whom.

Matt Haig's previous novels have hardly been light, sunny affairs, but in THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE, his writing turns darker than ever. At times, the theme (which plays on the dual meanings of the word "possession") can seem heavy-handed, but the near-compulsive emphasis on having, holding, keeping and protecting aptly reflects Cave's troubled state of mind. Haig effectively brings readers into Cave's unstable interior world, asking them to inhabit this closed-off, deeply unreliable space along with their narrator. Sometimes the intensity of the novel can feel claustrophobic, but the interiority only serves to underscore Haig's compelling, incessant exploration of a damaged mind slowly consuming itself and everything around it.
GAZANIK
I've heard plenty of mixed reviews about this book, and it's author for that matter. However, I found this book to be an entertainer unlike many others. Haig's Character of Terrence Cave is a bit of a pretentious, conservative, reserved individual, but notice that what he (not Reuben) does is in his best intentions for his daughter. The book is written in the format of a letter to his daughter, which provides a casual venue to start reading. I enjoyed it. It's a bit of a fast read.
Brialelis
A superbly written work. I read it straight through because I couldn't stop. The book possessed me! A story filled with profound glimpses into human nature twisted by the chaotic throes of grief, love and madness. It's a haunting tale that I'll remember for a long, long time.
BlessСhild
Not my favorite Haig, but certainly a compelling story.
Mr_Mole
One of those hard to put down, race through to the end books. An excellent fast read, especially on a rainy, gloomy day. Will make the day worthwhile.
Brazil
I began this book with high hopes, but was quickly discouraged by its overwrought hysterical tone. There's a kind of a breathlessness to this tale which makes it difficult to absorb and enjoy.
The story is about Mr. Terrence Cave - a self-absorbed, controlling man.... who becomes even more so after the death of his son, Reuben. Reuben fatally falls from a light post after attempting a daredevil stunt in front of a group of local boys, Mr. Cave then falls into a sort of madness. Madness which causes him to become even more self-absorbed and controlling of Reuben's twin sister, Byrony. He convinces himself that he is "protecting" her but in reality he just seems to be controlling and guilt ridden... guilt ridden because he didn't pay as much attention to Reuben as he should have. He then slowly loses contact with reality in trying to control Byrony, his past, his guilt
The story is written as a long convoluted letter to Byrony. I should have liked the book better - but I was looking for light relaxing reading away from my Psychology class - and this book was just not what I was looking for
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