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The Independent Reviews “Little Sister Death”


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The Independent Reviews “Little Sister Death”

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The Independent is running a review of Wiliam Gay’s novel Little Sister Death, comparing it with Stephen King’s The Shining:

Both books are about a family's haunting that will lead to the eventual unravelling of the central protector-patriarch. But they are also about the writer: Jack Torrance and Binder make sacrifices for creative inspiration and suffer for their self-imposed isolation. For Binder as for Torrance, it is writer's block that triggers the mental disturbance and, in some ways, it is this that is the real subject of the story. Binder is different from Torrance in that he chooses to play with fire – to move to a place he knows contains psychic turmoil in hope that this will set off the story. Too late, he realises that he is not in control; it is the house that becomes the bigger, more powerful character. The farm is described as a living, breathing thing, waiting patiently to come alive, to announce its mania.

Read the rest of the review at the Independent.