The Hand of Kornelius Voyt Paperback – 12 Mar 2013
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The Hand of Kornelius Voyt is in the tradition of Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas (1864), Forrest Reid's Uncle Stephen (1931), and Stephen Gilbert's The Burnaby Experiments (1952) in which an orphaned child is thrust into the care of a disturbing adult figure in which readers encounter elements of the macabre and the supernatural. Onions' novel is noteworthy for the subtlety of his writing and the slow buildup of suspense as well as the incredible persona of thirteen-year-old Peter Byles' mentor, the Herr Doktor. Both deaf and dumb, Kornelius Voyt has mastered sign language--a skill that is taught to Peter--but Peter soon discovers that the man "who lacks two faculties... has found another way," of communicating as well as other uncanny skills Voyt plans on teaching the boy.
Onions cleverly interjects gothic elements into The Hand of Kornelius Voyt and makes his novel all the more fascinating by having Peter as the narrator of events and enlivens the text by excerpts from entries from Voyt's journal. As Peter matures he begins to realize some of the powers that Herr Doktor possesses Peter has unknowingly already been taught and rather than fear the unnatural aspects of this knowledge, Peter eagerly embraces it. Thus begins the death of Peter's innocence, his neglected adolescence, and his passage into the preternatural world of Doctor Kornelius Voyt.
With subtlety Onions has readers wondering not so much if Voyt's machinations will succeed, but rather if Peter will welcome the Herr Doktor's efforts or rebel against his master. In an unexpected development, however, Onions' novel takes a truly original twist near the end and Onions leaves readers with a very personal finale that is both remarkable and chilling. The conclusion of The Hand of Kornelius Voyt is much like the lines written by T. S. Elliot in 1925: "This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper." The Hand of Kornelius Voyt is not to be missed.