Twilight Hardcover – 20 Oct 2006
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'A superior piece of fiction.' -- Guardian
'An intensely thrilling slice of Southern Gothic ... [Gay] has an ear for the cadence of southern American speech to rival Flannery O'Connor.' -- Independent on Sunday
'Gay's writing is deeply funny with a great sense of the grotesque.' -- Sunday Business Post
'Gripping [and] ghoulish ... William Gay has a rich, sometimes menacing style which is sustained throughout this dark, surrealist story.' -- Irish Times
'Remarkable ... As unsettling as it is enticing.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Remarkable ... this evocative fable of discovery presents an America seething with menace ... as unsettline as it is enticing.' -- Daily Telegraph
'The writing has a febrile lyricism exactly suited to its nightmarish subject matter.' -- The Times
'There is no disputing William Gay's mastery of storytelling ... horribly moreish.' Sunday Telegraph -- Sunday Telegraph
'Think No Country for Old Men crossed with Deliverance, then double the impact.' - Chosen as his No. 1 Book for 2007 -- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
'This treacly slab of Southern Gothic is contagiously enjoyable.'
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A gripping Southern Gothic novel about an undertaker who won't let the dead rest.
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The book starts with two teenagers - Kenneth & Connie Taylor, investigating the burial of their father in Tennessee in the 1950s - they dig up his grave and find that he hasn't been buried in the casket they paid for. This isn't the most disturbing discovery they make, with the local undertaker Fenton Breece having carried out some very unsavory acts of desecration.
Determined to give Breece his just desserts, they plan to blackmail Breece with photographs of the un-natural acts that he's been performing on some of the female bodies (I know this may sound tawdry, but stick with it!!). This plan goes wrong when Breece hires the local town psychopath (every town has one!) - Sutter, to retrieve the incriminating photos - after a car crash leaves Connie dead, Kenneth is forced to flee into the wild countryside known as the Harrikin.
With Sutter in hot pursuit (like Michael Myers in Halloween, he just knows where to head with seemingly telepathic superpowers!), Kenneth runs for his life, encountering what sounds like a check list of Deep South stereotypes... the crazy witch brewing potions, the old hermit, the alcoholic/bible bashing redneck...BUT they are written with such deftness, and descriptiveness, these aren't just incidental characters, they are pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle, expertly crafted by William Gay.
I have rarely found myself so absorbed a book, as I did in this one. Gay really managed to bring the Deep South to life, I almost felt as though I was there.Read more ›
In TWILIGHT, Gay lays out what in the hands of most other writers would be a simple tale of good-versus-evil. A brother and sister suspect that the local undertaker has cheated them in the burial of their father - a steel vault that should have surrounded his casket is, when they dig it up, missing. Following her hunches, Corrie Tyler convinces her brother Kenneth to join her in exhuming other deceased citizens of their rural Tennessee town - and what they find exceeds her wildest grim imaginings. The undertaker, one Fenton Breece, has apparently made a practice of desecrating - oftentimes obscenely - the bodies of the departed entrusted to his benevolent care. Corrie is determined that Breece should pay for what he did to their daddy - and Kenneth manages to purloin a bit of evidence - a bundle of...shall we say...incriminating photographs - from the trunk of the grim digger's car that the two believe should convince him to cough up a hearty (in the day) bit of cash, in reparation and punishment.
Breece, however, disagrees - and while he consents to Corrie's proffered bargain, he has other plans in mind for the siblings.Read more ›
A number of the reviews are taken up with two influences: the Southern Gothic and the writings of Cormac McCarthy, presumably most particularly the magnificent "Blood Meridian" and the almost equally fine "The Border Trilogy." The categorisation of novels can be convenient shorthand, but shouldn't I think, place books into rigid pigeon holes. Whether or not "Twilight" is true southern gothic seems to me an irrelevance. I'm sure Guy did not set out to add to an existing genre. If incidentally he draws on aspects of the tradition, so be it. In its own right the novel is exceptional. In no way am I the first to be stunned by how beautifully written the book is. This is no self-conscious parade of verbal panache; it is wonderfully attuned to register landscape character and action with precision and vitality. We inhabit the Harrikin palpably, experiencing Tyler's physical and emotional roller coaster from instant to instant. Not least, we too are haunted and pursued by the brilliantly menacing figure of Granville Sutter, so well described in one review as inspiring fear akin to that made manifest in the Robert Mitchum character in "Night of the Hunter". A character to stalk anyone's nightmares.
I bow to none in my admiration for the early/middle works of Cormac McCarthy, and if his shadow falls across aspects of this novel, that is no bad thing. Plagiaristic the novel is not. It comes vibrantly alive in its own right and unconscious borrowings and influences have enlarged and strengthened some of the finest literature. Rarely do I find blurb citations of much value.Read more ›
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This is dark Americana that oozes stunning prose.The cover nearly put me off - I worried if it would be full of gratuitous violence (I don't mind violence and gore in a novel, but... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Bookness
If you enjoyed Cormac McCarthy's early work then you will love this. A novel set in the deep south, with earthy characters and a journey full of danger, kindness and cruelty.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Patrick McParland
Isn't this a classic example of a writer falling in love with what he's writing and forgetting about potential readers? Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by johnhudson
Another excellent novel from this outstanding writer. Real Southern Gothic noir, a dark & twisted tale of a dirty & wrong undertaker who is found out by two kids & so sets a killer... Read morePublished on 13 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
Twilight is a dark and twisted tale set in America's Deep South. It starts with a brother and sister, Kenneth and Corrie Tyler, digging up the grave of their father. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2009 by Simon Savidge Reads
A blistering read with a story of Gothic Southern USA that stunned and enthralled me throughout, Twilight, is a deeply disturbing, yet beautifully written book. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2009 by Eileen Shaw
The most fun to be had from this book is looking for rehashed Cormac McCarthy sentences. On one page near the beginning I found three (all from Suttree, if memory serves). Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2008 by Jason N. Frowley