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eBook The Town That Forgot How to Breathe ePub

by Kenneth J. Harvey

  • ISBN: 0436206382
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Kenneth J. Harvey
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage Uk; First Edition edition (April 30, 2004)
  • Pages: 484
  • ePub book: 1125 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1589 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 131


I'm about to say something that I'm not entirely prepared for. Kenneth J. Harvey's The Town That Forgot How to Breath is worse than Ethan Frome.

I'm about to say something that I'm not entirely prepared for.

Kenneth J. Harvey is the author of several novels, including Brud and The Hole That Must Be Filled. Nine Tenths Unseen was praised by J. M. Coetzee as 'a harrowing journey into the dark underside of family life'. Harvey lives in Newfoundland. Bibliographic information. The Town That Forgot How To Breathe.

Harvey brings uniquely imaginative storytelling skill to this wickedly allegorical tale. It will frighten readers so much they may never turn out the lights. Harvey's characters and their world-both the mystical and the real-are meticulously created. He moves between them in a way that creates dread and confusion, leaving readers on edge. Both a contemporary and a historical novel, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a tour de force! It speaks of the sea: of those who are upon it, beside it, beneath it. Harvey, a writer like no other, is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. A very exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power.

The Town That Forgot to Breathe is one of the most original and interesting novels that I have ever read. Our alienation from our roots, our families and ourselves is a common topic for modern novelists. However, few of them are able to take such a poignant and powerful route to capturing the pain of those problems. Mr. Harvey has written a book that virtually defies genre description. The best I can do is to call it a modern fantasy fable. with an undertone of horror. As the book developed, I often felt that I was in Stephen King's grip.

Harvey, Kenneth J. Publication date. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Kenneth J Harvey wins Best Canadian Work at Le Fifa 2019. The Town That Forgot How to Breathe (2003), takes place in Bareneed, Newfoundland, where the residents have suddenly lost their ability to breathe automatically. Ladyhawke Ventures acquired the rights to produce a film based on the book. He is the chief writer and producer of The Harvey Retaliation, a consumer revenge broadcast, and has been Writer-in-Residence at both the University of New Brunswick and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Harvey does do an excellent job at creating the background of Newfoundland small-town life, creates a few intriguing characters, and clearly is a talented and capable writer, but for me The Town That Forgot How to Breathe was fundamentally unsatisfying. Double Star . Last modified and spun 2014-12-21.

The Town That Forgot How To Breathe. As the illness progresses, its victims fall into silence and are gripped by dark thoughts and urges. Meanwhile, the once-thriving cod fishery has been shut down and people find their nets full of bizarre creatures - the incarnations of legendary beasts and characters that existed in the village's tales for generations.

Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed. Mythical creatures are being pulled from the sea, perfectly preserved corpses of long-lost villagers are washing up on the shore, and residents of the town are suddenly overcome by a mysterious illness that is making them forget how to breathe. A page-turning gothic thriller reminiscent of H. P. Lovecraft, The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is "a novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. An absolute triumph of the storyteller's art" (Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea).

Harvey’s lack of focus is his most obvious weakness as he moves between the Blackwoods and Claudia, the hospital .

Harvey’s lack of focus is his most obvious weakness as he moves between the Blackwoods and Claudia, the hospital, the army personnel now established dockside and a slew of minor characters; his obsession is regurgitation, as fish throw up human heads. To top it all off, a tsunami is approaching. Are the spirits causing it? That’s one of those chicken-or-egg conundrums. All we can say for sure is that, obligingly, it will spare the Blackwoods. We never do learn the cause of that strange sickness. Harvey appears to lose interest in his own premise, and no wonder; the secrets of the deep are far.

Like Annie Proulx and Wayne Johnston, Kenneth J. Harvey has set a gripping, universal tale in an isolated outport village. That outport is Bareneed, Newfoundland, home to a vivid cast of characters who, one by one, come down with a mysterious breathing disorder. As the illness progresses, its victims fall into silence and are gripped by dark thoughts and urges. The people who can still fish find that their nets are full of bizarre creatures - the incarnations of legendary beasts that existed in the village's tales for generations. In writing that is pared-down, contemporary, realistic, and full of humour and humanity, Harvey unleashes a gripping, unstoppable story about what it really means to live in the modern world.


Doriel Doriel
Where to start? The writing was terrible. The characters were not developed at all, and one of the main characters was just flat-out obnoxious, so it was incredibly hard to connect with them or care where the story went. There were some interesting elements woven in with maritime folklore and supernatural elements, but it was not done well. The story trudged on-- slowly-- for far too long, laying out every single thought and feeling that every single character had in their head. The book failed to be scary at any point, and only managed to be mildly creepy for a few fleeting moments.
Yahm Yahm
Reviews from places like The Detroit Free Press, Bookpage, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many others heap praise on this novel, calling it "meticulously created", "haunting, poetic, funny, and moving", "a thoughtful piece of literary horror." I hate to be the contrarian here, but I call it simply "goofy" - a pretentious bombast of confused messages and rambling prose that never manages to get to the point and is more (unintentionally) funny than scary.

Bareneed, Newfoundland, is an old fishing town in decline following the banning of cod fishing and the closing of the local fish factory. Soon after Joseph Blackwood and his young daughter show up, renting a home for a summer vacation in the picturesque coastal town, strange things start happening. Local residents, forgetting how to breathe - literally - while at the same time becoming violent and forgetting who they are - start filling up the local hospital. Then bodies - some apparently centuries old but perfectly intact - start bobbing up to the surface of the bay. Strange and mythical sea creatures romp in the surf, while those locals still breathing normally seem to spend most of their time drawing pictures, spouting New Age psycho-babble, or breaking out in seafaring folk songs. The respiratory-challenged, all tubed-up in ICU, were much less annoying than those Bareneed residents still able to function "normally". But this was the part of the book that was discernable. The rest - a tedious concoction of man's connection with the sea, with family, with death, spirits, amber lights, fish, mermaids and the Canadian armed forces - is less clear, if that is possible.

In summary, it seems that author Kenneth Harvey was trying to be Steven King - but Steven King with some important, moral message. He failed on both counts - even King's sub par "Cell" is a classic literature by comparison. "The Town that Forgot How to Breathe" is simply all wet - save your time and money and wait for the next port.
Rainshaper Rainshaper
Vonalij Vonalij
Worth a read for the cheap price
Oppebro Oppebro
Got here fast, the book itself isn't really entertaining though
Inabel Inabel
I'm about halfway through this book, and I'm finding it very slow. I have stopped reading mid-chapter because it was so slow as some points, and I couldn't go on. I like the storyline, but I don't like the writing.
Thetalen Thetalen
What I liked: The opening character, Miss Laracy, grabbed me. Her colorful dialect pulled me in and I had to read on to get to know her better.

Story line was very interesting. It had mystery, with a touch of bizarre and creepy (supernatural), but not too scary. Perfect combination.

Pace was great. One part was so heart-pounding that I feared for what Joseph might do and inside I was yelling, “No, don’t do it!”

The characters were colorful and really brought life to the fishing village of Bareneed. From the whispy and tragic Claudia to the straight-laced Lieutenant-Commander French, to the plump Dr. Thompson – I really enjoyed the characters.

What I didn’t like: Nothing really --it was a satisfying read, but....if you forced me to “find” something, I might have two little things.

1. The dog – not sure what the dog meant to the story unless it was just for bizarre effect.

2. The ending outcome of the bizarre events/sickness (can’t spoil it for you). Not sure it completely works out in my head.

Overall: Really enjoyed the book and I’ll be looking to read his other books.