Wolf In White Van
  • Wolf In White Van
  • Wolf In White Van
  • Wolf In White Van
ISBN: 1250074711
EAN13: 9781250074713
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2015
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.73" H x 8.43" L x 5.85" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award in fictionWinner of the 2015 Alex Award for adult books with special appeal for young adultsWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian--a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail--Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.
Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.
Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

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5
   Well worth the effort
Darnielle's first novel, "The Fall," was a bit of a challenge. His prose flows smoothly and his writing is evocative and beautiful, and this novel is full of quiet, perfect scenes. But at the same time we are thrust into the dark, twisting labyrinth of our hero's mind, and it is a terrifying place to be. We see so much, but do we really know our hero? He's just not that good at math. The last pages are, without a doubt, the most terrifying. In the past week I haven't been able to get them out of my head, he said. This is a book I will be rereading for years to come.
 
5
   Brutal and beautiful
It's a bittersweet portrait of a world where everybody felt young and disdainful, yet your glad it wasn't. Loved the book.
 
5
   I've loved John's music for years
It's a dark and intricate film, with some of the best cinematography I've seen. Even better than I'd hoped.
 
5
   Very fast read. Could not put it down. ...
Really fast read. Turner said he couldn't put it down. The loneliness, and need for some human connection, are profound. One of the best stories I've ever read.
 
5
   Compelling Read
Impressive debut fiction from John Darnielle, although not remotely surprising given his years as a brilliant storyteller in his songs for the Mountain Goats. This is the story of a damaged man, whose physical appearance was damaged by a shocking accident and who has turned his life inward, running a mail-order role-playing game, something that was once popular in our culture. It's a smartly paced, well written, not particularly plot-driven read, and still incredibly compelling, even if a tad irreverent.
 
5
   Dark and magical
The books start slow, but then quickly grabbed me and kept on going until the end. I can't say I know the point of the book, but I will say that it's exceptionally written and engaging, McBride said.
 
5
   All of the yes
John Darnielle is a French novelist, essayist, and philologist. Turner said he was "100 percent behind George Bush" in the war.
 
5
   This is one of the best books i ever read
I have read all the books except for this one. The story is well told, and brilliantly written, he said.
 
5
   A hauntedly odd tale, not for everyone.
It was a great read, and I absolutely loved it. It is very odd and the type of book that keeps popping up in your head, long after you have read the last page. It's written by John Darnielle, who also directed the film. If you like their music you'll have a clue about the oddness and writing talent of Darnielle. Odd is the best of ways to think. If you would like to try something new, try it. If you think that you got it after reading it, you may want to rethink that idea. nan
 
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   Boring and meaningless
It's just that I'm trying to remember being more bored by a book, but nothing comes to mind. There is no plot or story for this terrible parable in the "Persuasion" series, apart from the main character's stream of consciousness. We never learn why he did it, Mr. Booher told the judge. In a civil rights lawsuit, he is sued by the parents of two other teens who were killed while playing a mail-based text game he invented. The nurse has a "nice" face and he has no purpose, he said. The rest of the book is just a kid's mind, not a lot of people, he said. The only thing I will ever get back is the time I wasted reading this.
 
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