Caretaker of Lorne Field

Caretaker of Lorne Field Dave Zeltserman s last novel was named by NPR as one of the top five crime and mystery novels of and one of The Washington Post s best books of the year Publishers Weekly in a starred review sa

  • Title: Caretaker of Lorne Field
  • Author: Dave Zeltserman
  • ISBN: 9781590205792
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dave Zeltserman s last novel was named by NPR as one of the top five crime and mystery novels of 2008 and one of The Washington Post s best books of the year Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, said his breakthrough third crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy And Crimetime calls him a name to watch Now, Zeltserman has written the bookDave Zeltserman s last novel was named by NPR as one of the top five crime and mystery novels of 2008 and one of The Washington Post s best books of the year Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, said his breakthrough third crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy And Crimetime calls him a name to watch Now, Zeltserman has written the book his fans have been waiting for a classic unlike anything you ve ever read Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years Though he and his wife Lydia are miserable and would like nothing than to leave, Jack must wait until his son has come of age to tend the field on his own It s an important job, though no one else seems to realize it For, if the field is left untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow a monster capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks Or so it is said.

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    1. short and sweet, with a classic horror feel to itis reads like an episode of the twilight zone - one of the old classic ones, not one where kiefer sutherland flies a plane which i am realizing as i am typing this was actually an episode of amazing stories but i'm not even going to go back and fix it - it will be like you and i are having a conversation together over wine instead of this remove - this barrier of a review between us. cuz we are BFFAE this book is about killer plants. so it made me [...]

    2. If you read this book expecting something like The Day of the Triffids, you'll be disappointed. This book is really psychological fiction, where the reader has to figure if the caretaker is insane or not. There is evidence for both conclusions in the story, including townspeople who had paid Durkin and his ancestors to clear the field from the Aukowie plant monsters for nearly 300 years. But as the psychiatrist says towards the end of the book, this could be attributed to a collective hysteria t [...]

    3. There was a time when the position as the Caretaker of Lorne Field was a high honor. A position of respect that came with a small cottage, a decent salary and freebies given by the local residents out of appreciation for the very difficult job held by the Durkin family. After all, only due to the diligent weeding by the Caretaker were the relentless Aukowie held back from rampaging across the world. But 300 years have passed and in these modern times, few have any respect for the position, the f [...]

    4. Balancing delusion with duty, Zeltersman's protagonist is the victim of scorn and savour of man. Jack Durkin is honor bound by a 300 year old multi generational contract handed down from eldest son to eldest son to rid Lorne Field from weed-like monstrosities known as Aukowies. Every day from sun up to sun down and them some, Durkin is out on that field ensuring the townsfolk live another day, fore if he let the Aukowies reach their full potential, the rivers would soon run red with human blood. [...]

    5. 4.0 StarsThis is such a fantastic, underrated novel! I really feel that more people should read it. While this was not very creepy, I found the story to be engrossing and clever. The setup of the plot is fantastic. I adore potentially unreliable narrators and spent most of the novel questioning the sanity of the caretaker. Told from multiple perspective, the author cleverly hides the action to keep to the reader in the dark. The horror in the novel is largely unseen. In this way, this novel felt [...]

    6. The caretaker of Lorne Field must weed the field every day to prevent a terrible monster from rising.The Caretaker of Lorne Field is not so much about the monsters as it is about the threat of monsters. Jack Durkin, the caretaker of Lorne Field, has a tough life, with having to weed the field of monsters every single day. His family has weeded Lorne Field for over 300 years, and once were well respected within the community. Times are a-chagin' though. Jack's getting no respect in town; in fact, [...]

    7. for those of you who read my blog, you'll remember that Blood Crimes by Dave Zeltserman, was in my opinion a bloody good read. So how will I take to this my second exposure to Zeltserman, have I got the Zeltserman bug?Caretaker tells the tale of Jack Durkin, who along with the previous eight generations of Durkins have protected the world from the all consuming threat of the Aukowie, ravenous plant creature that will destroy the world within days. That's if Durkin doesn't full fill his contractu [...]

    8. A possibly unreliable narrator, a rural town, an ancient pact, a terrible secret. In concept, "The Caretaker of Lorne Field" is "Frailty" meets "The Ruins" (with a hint of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” thrown in for good measure). The story centers on Jack Durkin, a man who quite literally carries the weight of the world on his shoulders while laboring as a town caretaker – just as his family has done for centuries – divesting a unique field of what the outside world believes are wee [...]

    9. The Caretaker of Lorne Field was a bleak, brutal read, but the writing was compelling and the author kept me guessing about what was real and what was fantasy right up to the very end. Even now, I'm not sure if the ending really happened to the characters or if it was all a delusion.

    10. Zeltserman is best known for his Boston area noirs like Pariah and Small Crimes, but he throws a bit of a curveball here, moving into Stephen King like psychological horror. From time immemorial, the eldest son of the Durkin family became the caretaker of a large field near a small New England town. The caretaker was responsible for weeding the Aukowies, vicious weeds which, if left unchecked, would grow into monsters and set forth on a path of world domination. Jack Durkin dutifully goes about [...]

    11. I realize once again, I deviate from my fellow readers. I read a highly favourable review of this little book and thought it sounded utterly fascinating; and so, I grabbed it from the library when I saw it.I'm glad I didn't buy it: It would have been a waste for me.Essentially, you DO have a 'Twilight Zone' plot. Man weeds all day every day. Weeds are bad killer creatures. Everyone things man is insane. Bad things happen to man. Luck is against man. Man is accused of hurting son who went weeding [...]

    12. Masterpiece. One of the finest examples of fine literature I've read. Should be taught in classrooms from coast to coast. This is great fable-making on the order of Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Jackson's The Lottery and the Hemmingway's Old Man and the Sea. I'd say more but I'm a bit stunned by the thing. Instant favorite.

    13. The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a wonderfully weird, gritty, and pitch-dark legend, perfect for New England. Weaved in the compulsively readable narrative is a heavy dose of our current society's meanness, unease, and ambiguity: kind of a nightmare-noir zeitgeist. The thing of it is, the reader is never safe in Dave Zeltserman's hands. I love that. You should too.

    14. Some small towns, particularly the ones with a long history, tend to have some lingering traditions and legends that border on the bizarre. In Dave Zeltserman's The Caretaker of Lorne Field, a groundskeeper tends a field in the middle of the woods, pulling what appear to be weeds, from the spring thaw until the first frost--every single day. His name is Jack Durkin, the Caretaker of Lorne Field, a hallowed position in town that was his birthright and has been the responsibility of every eldest s [...]

    15. Part of my low rating for this is due to my own expectations: I went in expecting a horror novel featuring plants that killed people (which is 100% my fucking JAM) and what I got instead was a family dysfunction novel with a healthy dose of psychological suspense. The "horror", if it can be called that, hinges on whether or not the protagonist is insane. There's nearly no monster description, no suspense, and no atmosphere. It's about as light as a Twilight Zone episode, which is the only reason [...]

    16. First Line: "Jack Durkin let out a groan as his wife, Lydia, dropped a bowl of corn flakes in front of him."This is not the blood-and-guts type of horror. In fact, the author is quite crafty at making the reader wonder if it is in fact horror or the ravings of a delusional man up until the last moment of the book. Jack Durkin and his ancestors for the last 300 years have worked themselves to the bone digging up carnivorous plants that can grow into giant man-eating monsters if allowed to go unch [...]

    17. Overall, this feels like a story from Weird Tales. From 1938. Aside from a few instances of modern background setting/props, the atmosphere of this small town horror tale, the interactions of its characters, and the contest of "the horrible unknown universe vs. humans/civilization" that lurks behind each page all feel like something dated.It may be an homage to older horror tales, which I can get behind, but the tired tropes that are the first thing you read on page one they bored me terribly. I [...]

    18. This was a little bleak for my taste. The story is interesting, and it's got that nice, vaguely creepy and threatening thing going on, but the unreliable narrator and his Job-like suffering were not enjoyable for me. I mean, the book isn't even 250 pages. This should've been a couple of days' reading for me. Max. But instead it was almost two weeks. I just couldn't stand the thought of spending more time in this miserable man's head.However. If you like a story with a Cassandra-like narrator, ca [...]

    19. Zeltserman's writing style is so easy and flowing, and the story is really well-crafted, sad, and thought-provoking. Why this sat on my to-read shelf for 3 years untouched? --I will never know, but I'm really glad I finally picked up this book up. What a ride.

    20. Jack Durkin is the current caretaker of Lorne Field. From age 21 until his first-born son can take over at age 21, his contracted job is to "weed" the field every day. But he's not really pulling up weeds. They may look like weeds but they're Aukowies and if left alone will grow fast and in about 8 days would grow into a 9-foot-long fanged beast that would eat everything and everyone. And there's a giant field of them. The Durkin family has been doing this for 300 years but these days there are [...]

    21. This is a "what do you believe" horror mystery. A 300 year old contract putting the fate of the world on the Caretakers shoulders every day, all summer long. He must pull weed looking monsters from the ground before they mature.The author splatters a picture from the perspective of Jack the Caretaker and from numerous townsfolk. I enjoyed the story as it was presented. A look at insanity or heroism depending on which page you're on.A joy to read. Recommended with Corn Flakes.

    22. Jack Durkin has inherited the job of clearing Lorne Field from his father, who in turn inherited it from his father, who in turn inherited it from his father, and so on and son going back 300 years. You see the weeds of Lorne Field aren’t just any weeds but maelvelont, intelligent, vicious creatures that if left to grow will destroy the world in days. Or so Durkin believes much to the chagrin of his wife and children who endure his claims that he is saving the world every day, while being forc [...]

    23. What a strange and bleak little book this was. Jack Durkin has a great responsibility. Every day until first frost, he must weed Lorne Field in its entirety, purging it of Aukowies, bloodthirsty plants that could overrun the world in weeks if not attended to. He is the ninth generation of Durkins to serve as caretaker; the eldest son of each generation has been contracted with since 1710. In exchange, the caretaker gets an $8,000 annual salary and he and his family can live rent-free in a cottag [...]

    24. Once again I liked the idea this book was based on but I didn't like the execution of it. I immediately hated everyone in it and that feeling did not go away. I don't know if I was meant to hate everyone, including the Caretaker so much but I found the characters made it hard for me to want to read the book. Also in the edition I read there were A LOT of typos/misplaced words. And here is where I get ranty about plot points (view spoiler)[ First off, this book takes place in the 1990s I believe [...]

    25. An interesting take on a horror novel that is one part humorous, one part a narrative on contemporary society, one part slow building suspense, and one part tragedy. The Durkin family has been under contract for 300 years to pull weeds in Lorne Field. Well not actually weeds but creatures that look like weeds. Except, most people in town don't believe the story that these weeds are creatures that, left unchecked, would grow to nine feet tall and devour all of mankind in just a few weeks. Bad thi [...]

    26. Dave Zeltserman’s The Caretaker of Lorne Field is not really a horror story. I mean, I’m reading and reading and thinking to myself, when does the scary stuff happen? It’s not even particularly thrilling or suspenseful. It is, however, interesting and darkly humorous. Jack Durkin is the nth generation of Durkins to weed Lorne Field of Aukowies. According to Durkin, the contract signed with the Durkin family 300 years ago, and the Book of Aukowies that only the Durkins have read, Aukowies a [...]

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