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  • Hardcover
  • 181
  • The scarecrow A novel
  • Ronald Hugh Morrieson
  • English
  • 12 June 2019
  • 9780868636771

10 thoughts on “The scarecrow A novel

  1. says:

    On the way home from somewhere I noticed that our local op shop had a bookshelf out on its verandah I picked up six books for which I still owe 3 the shop being shut then and for the duration of the Thing Luckily for me one of the books was The Scarecrow The copy is the text classics edition one of the series inspired by Di Gribble New Zealanders will have to forgive me for listing this under Australia If you want our dole money then uit complainin' The rural setting and the appalling drinking surely could come from the Australian backblocks But this has an assurance and a 'I'll do this how I darn well please' attitude that are pure NZ The assurance is not polished it's the confidence of existing with no natural predators That's NZ for you Only a confident and inexperienced writer could even think of writing this book let alone bring it into the world The young teenager's view is honest witty scared sexual full of the bravado which shows its true colours fast enough All this creates a really beautiful small town story and that despite the ugliness of it Yes it stacks up though it's hard to understand howrest here


  2. says:

    The Scarecrow is a powerful crime novel but instead of literature's typical rugged detectives crooked cops enigmatic FBI agents and classy women the characters are a young brother and sister who find their lives affected when stories of a killer lurking around begin to taint their town


  3. says:

    A friend recommended this book The first time I tried to read it I hated it I don't know why It bugged me I read a couple chapters then stopped I tried to give it back to my friend and she say You hold onto it and pick it up later I swear you'll love it It sat on my shelf for 3 years Then I picked it up again and LOVED it It is a great story that kept me totally engaged Funny how your head space at the time can change how you experience a book I finally gave it back to my friend with a big thank you


  4. says:

    Wonderful Easy 45


  5. says:

    What a grimy unpleasant book Excuse me while I dramatically wash my hands of it now that I'm done with itOkay So The Scarecrow isn't a bad book but there was a lot I didn't like about it I suppose what muddied my enjoyment of it the most was the book's skeevy preoccupation not to mention the protagonist's preoccupation with the sex life of the protagonist's 16 year old sister Prudence For me Prudence was the only character worth giving a toss about as the rest were too one dimensional or unlikeable Or both The protagonist had his moments but the scenario closer to the beginning that almost led to a view spoilergang rape hide spoiler


  6. says:

    A sensational book full of crackling live wire writing adventurous inventive vocabulary and a story stuffed full of vivid and wild characters It's classic noir New Zealand style and as fantastic and great as any pulp fiction I've ever come across Eddy is a small town youth son of a useless drunken junk dealer and nephew to an even worthless scoundrel Uncle Athol Buoyed by his best friend Les and sister Prudence Eddy manages to scrape by in the dusty burg of Klynham When a scary necrophiliac bow tie wearing magician worms his way into town he's just another stranger in this strange little world It's every man for himself and every man for the luscious young Prudence who can't help but attract all their attention like a walking magnetic teenage whirlpool It's just funny enough and just scary enough and just outrageous enough to grab your attention and hold it closer and closer to the final flame


  7. says:

    A brilliant sometimes jarring mix of coming of age nostalgia cartoonish horror and grim realism a tale of lechery alcohol murder rape and small town charm Think Ray Bradbury's slightly unhinged cousin Neddy Poindexter's narrative is a delight a bit innocent and naive with a tendency to exaggerate and a kinda disturbing fixation with his sister Through him Morrieson captures that horrible mulchy mysteriousness of sex when you're a 14 year old boy and creates a vision of small town New Zealand which somehow feels both sentimental disgusting and eerily magical


  8. says:

    it's meant to be a sort of crime thriller except it basically forgets about that for most of the time to focus on a pair of disgustingly stupid and hornt 14 year olds and the absurd and grotesue characters in the town which is probably good because the book has enough distasteful moments as it is and it helps lift it above just another terrifying stranger comes to town storywhile a lot of it is clearly meant to be funny the humour hasn't aged terribly well or at least hasn't travelled terribly well either way i'm not au fait enough on life in 1940s? small town New Zealand to pick up on any particularly sophisticated social satire but the narration has an appealingly dry style to it the dialogue is sharp and on the whole the book is a really effective piece of modern gothic that's vaguely reminiscent of Bradbury's Something Wicked


  9. says:

    Why is laughing out loud at the written word so rare that it feels like an unexpected gift when it happens? Well whatever the reason this seriously funny coming of age story had me LOL ing so often there are witnesses that I feel an obligation to share Much of the humor comes from its dialogue 1950’s slang and New Zealand idiom malapropisms and idiosyncratic accents And Morrieson through his 14 year old narrator Ned describes physical humor in a way that achieves slapstick genius Ned’s voice hilariously renders a bookish small town boy’s experience but it’s his older sister Prudence Poindexter who steals the show as an ingenue for the ages And let’s not forget the titular serial killer While cartoonish in his creepiness the terror and devastation he causes is real And Morrieson has the writerly skill and moral decorum so that you never laugh when you shouldn’t He even brought an actual tear to my eye His finesse makes this odd hybrid a Kiwi classic and one of the best novels I’ve read all year


  10. says:

    I've just finished The scarecrow A novel and I'm not sure that I'd recommend it Still considering whether to give it 3 stars and be generous or stick with just 2 Although funny in places often than not the humour didn't work for me It felt too laboured self conscious and at times very uncomfortable rape necrophilia have never been particularly chuckle some in my book It was written in the sixties so the sexism is to be expected but I did get sick of it Having read back over what I've just written it's lucky to get 2 starsEdit Just about to administer my measly 2 stars and took a look at the glowing reviews on Goodreads were we reading the same book?


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About the Author: Ronald Hugh Morrieson

James Ronald Hugh Morrieson died at 50 a sad and disappointed man His remark ‘I hope I’m not another one of these poor buggers who get discovered when they’re dead’ became a self fulfilling prophecyMorrieson was born on 29 January 1922 and lived his entire life in the house built by his grandfather at the corner of Regent Street and South Road Hawera A novelist and short story writer in the