The Loney

The Loney When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mys

  • Title: The Loney
  • Author: Andrew Michael Hurley Richard Burnip
  • ISBN: 9781504719216
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy At that time, his devoutly Catholic mother was determined to find healing for Hanny, his dWhen the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy At that time, his devoutly Catholic mother was determined to find healing for Hanny, his disabled older brother And so the family, along with members of their parish, embarked on an Easter pilgrimage to an ancient shrine But not all of the locals were pleased to see visitors in the area And when the two brothers found their lives entangling with a glamorous couple staying at a nearby house, they became involved in troubling rites Smith feels he is the only one who knows the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge no matter the cost.

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    1. This was a bit of an odd one. Maybe my expectations were too high after all the praise I've heard about it, but I didn't find myself connecting with this in the same way that others have. Too much was left unexplained, meaning by the half way mark I was beginning to lose my patience, and I really struggled to see where the story was going. The ending itself left me mystified. I didn't realise going into this that there would be so much on religion, as it follows a devoutly (I would say fanatical [...]

    2. This shining star of a book has been so thoroughly praised I feel like a heretic in raising my lonely voice in disagreement! Let me start, though, with what I enjoyed about The Loney. Firstly, Andrew Hurley's prose is lucid and visual, evocative of the scenes he is describing to the extent that I felt unusually present in the narrative. His characters are thoroughly well drawn - and that's no easy accomplishment in a multi-character novel like this. He also manages to engender, from the beginnin [...]

    3. Well deserved Costa First Novel Winner (2015)There's a lot that could have gone wrong in this book. Every gothic/horror motif you can think of forms part of the story, including: moors/crumbling old house/dark and dank weather/broken down vehicles/woods/voracious nature/priests/animal mutilation/witches/laughing rooks etc etc. It is fuelled by myth and susperstition. The Loney is personified, a character itself, full of malevolent will. Death lives there; natural or unnatural, it has become unre [...]

    4. It begins with the discovery of a child's body. Smith is the narrator of The Loney. He is looking back on events from his childhood and they are presented with all the innocence of the time and non of the hindsight of the adult. Drenched in atmosphere and relentlessly bleak, the Loney is an isolated, ominous and foreboding part of the northern coast where the incessant rain never stops. The book draws on some of the best in gothic literature in its storytelling. Smith who looks after his mute an [...]

    5. Astonishing literary fiction with a gothic dark undertone that had me alert from beginning to end. I read this in hours, unable to put it down and it's a powerfully written novel that doesn't need a fast pace or out of this world twists or in your face horror to get the story across to you. Mesmerising and disturbing.The Loney is a bleak place off the coast of Lancashire, England. A place steeped in history, religious belief and dark undercurrents. A pilgrimage is made back to this mournful plac [...]

    6. I’m always wary towards every ideology people try to force on me. No matter what it may concern. Religious beliefs, political views, approach to abortion laws, capital punishment, to what I should read, listen to, watch. People have brains in order to use them, I guess. I don’t need preaching to be able to distinguish between good and evil, I don’t want my taxes being spent on populist actions of politicians, I don’t want to be threaten with every possible plague on the earth and hell fi [...]

    7. The Loney has me! A long, malevolent spit of sand reaching out into the cold Irish sea, the Loney also holds ancient dead and plenty of secrets in its depths. Beautifully written, this novel entirely deserves all the awards its been crowned with. The dark, gothic story weaves together pagan folklore and fervent Catholicism into a mourning shroud here. The tale features two young brothers from London, one an altar boy and his elder who is mute and cognitively disabled. For years, their devout par [...]

    8. "Its walls had never contained a family. No one had ever laughed there."A group of religious pilgrims embark to the Loney, an isolated and stormy coastline located a few hours away from London in England, with the intention of visiting a shrine and curing Hanny, a mute teenage boy who suffers from severe learning disabilities.I've been dreading writing this review simply because I don't know what to say. It's a strange book, if someone asked me to give them a rundown of the plot it really wouldn [...]

    9. Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.Was ever a book more suited to a grey and drizzly Bank Holiday weekend? (Which it was, when I read it.) Steeped in religious symbolism and quintessentially British bleakness, The Loney is an odd, dreary sort of horror story - the tale of two boys, our nameless narrator and his mute brother, Andrew, known as Hanny. The Loney is a place - a desolate stretch of northern coast, and one of a number of deliberately evocative place names in this story, a [...]

    10. I struggled with this story. I was never quite sure where it was going, or why it was going there. I felt I should have been more on edge than I was, and more shocked than I actually felt. It was dark, but not disturbing enough to really shock me, and it tiptoed around the edges of what was actually happening so that I came away wondering what I'd actually just read about. Not really to my taste.

    11. The narrator of this book is known only to us by his surname, ‘Smith’ or the nickname given to him by Father Bernard, ‘Tonto.’ We first meet him as a middle aged man, who is seeing a therapist for issues that we are, at first, unsure about. What is known to us is that the body of a baby has been found at an old house, near to where the narrator and a group of Catholic pilgrims used to visit in the 1970’s.Gradually, as the story unfolds, we learn that Smith spent many Easters visiting t [...]

    12. When I finished The Loney I was thoroughly annoyed & felt that I’d wasted my time with a book that contrived to be a fast read that passed incredibly slowly. About three hours & a nap later what apparently had happened in the story jelled & I saw why one might compare it to The Wicker Man, as well as to some of the stories by Shirley Jackson and H. P. Lovecraft. From my current Christian perspective, this book is a story about two ways not to observe Easter: an extremely constricte [...]

    13. This was a solid 4 star read for me until about the last 15% and then it just fell apart. Way too heavy on the religious zealotry for my likes and it felt like there was this big build up and then nothing but a fizzle.

    14. The Loney with its mystical shrine, a mother full of religious fervor, taking her backward non talking son on a pilgrimage yearly hoping he would be healed. But the Looney is a strange place, a place where unexplained things seem to be happening. The questionable death of a priest, who lost his faith after the last pilgrimage.Atmospheric, but very slow paced, never felt like I got a good understanding of the characters, except for the religious themes. Actually there is much of this book I didn' [...]

    15. I feel like I'm missing something. So many people loved this book but unfortunately I'm just not one of them.This book was so slow! Nothing happens in the first half of the book it was boring to read because I just kept waiting and waiting for something to happen.I do think the author writes good characters and near the end it is more suspenseful but it's all wasted because of the confusion of the plot. Nothing is clarified. I have no explanations for why I'm supposed to care about things that h [...]

    16. Disappointing. Some half-decent descriptive prose undone by an almost non-existent plot. I reached page 280 before realising nothing had actually happened yet, and then, angry with myself for wasting precious reading time, I threw myself down the stairs. So now I've wasted two days on The Loney AND I've got a bad back. I don't know which I'm more depressed about.

    17. The Loney is a lovely book, in its prose and its plotting and its primary characters and even its darkness, which is dished out slowly and carefully, only truly bubbling to the surface in three or four scenes—though two of those are dark enough to catch on the tongue. At its core, it is a Coming of Age novel, one told in retrospect by the now-adult narrator remembering back to two key points in his life: a specific Easter holiday pilgrimage and his time as an altar boy, events which intertwine [...]

    18. A very devout Catholic family travel with their priest, and some fellow members of their church, to the Loney – a wild stretch of the Lancashire coast. They’re hoping to pray for the health of one of the sons - a mute, slightly retarded boy called Hanney. The narrator of the story is Hanney’s brother, Smith. They stay at a run down, creepy old house called The Moorings. The house is immediately full of tensions. Smith and Hanney’s mother doesn’t particularly approve of the new priest. [...]

    19. Well, what a brilliant book. Almost perfect. The protagonist is a young boy forced to endure the eccentric yearly pilgrimage of his orthodox Catholic parents as they seek God's cure for their mentally disabled son, the protagonist's elder brother. Except that the site of this pilgrimage, the eponymous Loney, a barren stretch of the Lancastrian coast, is bleak and forbidding, populated by menacing locals and steeped in sinister folklore. A palpable sense of unease and dread runs throughout the bo [...]

    20. This review was originally posted on my No Time is Passing blog: notimeispassing.wordpress/The Loney is Andrew Michael Hurley’s first novel, after two collections of short stories (The Unusual Death of Julie Christie and Cages And Other Stories). As usual for Tartarus Press, the book is sumptuously presented, the oblique miniature on the dustjacket giving nothing away about the novel’s contents but nonetheless setting the tone at just the right pitch right from the outset: a haunting, blurre [...]

    21. "The Loney" by Andrew Michael Hurley has been marketed as a gothic masterpiece, and it has been predicted to become a classic. Being a huge fan of gothic novels myself, I was naturally very interested to get my hands on it and read it. I now have and I'm pleased to say that this book creeped me out and fascinated me simultaneously. What comes to mind the most is the impeccable setting. Everything in this book is gloomy, gray and sinister, and I loved it. You felt like you were standing in front [...]

    22. This book is so good and so beautifully written, and I was surprised to learn that The Loney is Hurley's first novel. It is rare that I find a debut so polished, so near-perfect, and so atmospheric all at the same time; the sort of book I am beyond happy to find because it is so very different. I could go on and on with effluvient praise here, but I won't. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is about its ending, but by the time I got there I was already so entrenched in the sto [...]

    23. A rather superior, slow-burning chiller; nicely-handled, subtle, well-written, with some interesting detail and a terrific sense of place. I felt that the pay-off, though satisfyingly opaque, could have been set up a little more gradually, but that's just me being picky, I guess. Blair Witch for bookworms.

    24. I like endings that don't spell everything out for you and leave things open for interpretation, but I'm just so confused right now. If you've read this book and have any explanations/ideas/interpretations, please feel free to send me a message!

    25. I often thought there was too much time there. That the place was sick with it. Haunted by it. Time didn't leak away as it should. There was nowhere for it to go and no modernity to hurry it along. It collected as the black water did on the marshes and remained and stagnated in the same way.Just finished the last page and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The writing is arresting, often lyrical, evoking bleak landscapes in an amazing way. It often reminded me of the desolation i [...]

    26. This book wasn't really for me. In a nutshell it's about a young lad whose Mother thinks that her religious beliefs and devotion will cure his brother who is unable to speak. The story mainly focuses on a particular pilgrimage (there have been many) they make with their church group to a shrine on the English coast. Full marks for atmosphere and chill factor - you can feel the rain on your skin and the desolation in your heart.Unfortunately I didn't really want to feel those things and the relig [...]

    27. This is a slowly paced, meandering book that tries to tell two stories, conveying neither of them particularly effectively. The writing is gorgeous; on every page there's something lovely and swoon-worthy, if you swoon over that type of thing. The narrator, spurred by the discovery of a dead baby in the area near a shrine that he, his disabled older brother, and members of their parish traveled to when he was a child, recounts story of one particular trip with the new priest who replaced Father [...]

    28. The Loney starts off with such promise. The setting is incredibly evocative and eerie, almost gothic, with a sense of darkness subtly conveyed. Hurley is a good writer who manages to have restraint in his prose while still ramping up the discomfort. But at some point he goes off the rails. Maybe it's a genre thing but the plot turns out to hinge on a rather ridiculous premise that made me roll my eyes. I think he could have just used the twisted Catholicism he had established and made a less ove [...]

    29. I definitely liked this book and the sense of eerie mystery which I got from it, but I went into it a little unsure what it might be. I knew this was the winner of some good awards, and I knew it was probably in the gothic style, but other than that I was a bit in the dark. Honestly, I think that might be the best way to go into this read becuase it's a mystery involving a quiet, religious-heavy communityIn this story we follow a young boy who is part of a Catholic family who, each year, make a [...]

    30. Jos olisin uskonut kaikkia kauhutekstejä tästä brittiläisen kirjailijan Andrew Michael Hurleyn esikoiromaanista, Hylätty ranta, niin en olisi lukenut tätä ollenkaan. Nuoruusajan kauhukertomukset ja myöhempien aikojen trillerit ovat ehkä kovettaneet lukutottumukseni, mutta ei tämä herkille lukijoille kuitenkaan sovi, eikä heille, jotka eivät pidä uskonnosta eikä noitamenoista. Hylätty ranta voitti Britanniassa vuoden 2015 paras esikoisromaani - palkinnon. Kirjaa on myyty sekä mus [...]

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