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Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank whose devastating consequences changed both their lives, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe, a castle steeped in blood lore and family pride. Built over a secret system of caves and tunnels, the castle and its violent history invoke and subvert all the elements of a gothic past: twins, a pool, an old baroness, a fearsome tower. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story--a story about two cousins who unite to renovate a castle--that brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation....Continua
Danny is trapped in a dungeon, and almost gets crazy in the attempt of escaping. Ray, a convicted murderer, is writing Danny’s story, as an exercise of a writing course he is following in jail. Ray is not a professional writer, and his immature style is well rendered by the author – how difficult it must be to expressly write so bad! Danny’s and Ray’s stories start parallel, but in the end they cross and the line between “reality” and fiction get thinner; what’s the word describing the feeling one gets when expectations are met? Alto is the author answer.
Danny dies, Ray escapes, but nothing get solved, when expectations are met.
Don't read this book....Continua
If even last week you had told me I would be writng a favorable review about a castle and its cast of characters including a crazy dutchess, a goth party boy from New York and an excentric former fund manager with a dark past (not forgetting the parallel story of a prisoner in a modern jail), I never would have believed you. Jennifer Egan does it again -a story that surprises you and makes you reflect on life choices at the same time. For once I love two books from the same author (don't miss Look at Me)....Continua
I was really intrigued by the concept of 'The Keep' when I read reviews. Was it a mystery set in a medeval castle? A story of redemption for a former meth-addict writing teacher and/or the convicted murderer inmate?
As it turned out it's none of the above. Ms Egan starts with a tempting storyline, and lets it drift away. The reader leaves the E. Europe setting with a story far from complete - that we've spent most of the book building up. As we enter the parallel confines of the prison (which, itself, has an insubstantial - almost irrelevant - subplot), we aren't given enough time/pages to appropriately transition the well-earned suspense to the new setting/characters. One track ends before its ready - the other is never really allowed to begin. It would be one thing to leave the reader dangling if the story pointed back to us - daring us to self-reflect - but it doesn't.
All said, the story has unrealized promise. I'm left wanting more - wishing Ms Egan had finished the thought she started, rather than abandoning it in favor of a story she has no intention of taking to a satisfying conclusion....Continua