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FREE EBOOK º EPUB The Town That Forgot How to Breathe ì 9780312342227 á ❰Ebook❯ ➠ The Town That Forgot How to Breathe Author Kenneth J. Harvey – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed Mythical creatures that formally existedMysterious illness that The Town PDF or is making them forget how to breatheRecent divorcé Joseph Blackwood has returned to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his estranged daughter But when the young girl begins having visions and conversing with the spirit of a neighbor's deceased child he knows that his daughter is suffering from some supernatural affl Eastern Canada kinda scares meEight or so years ago a friend and I drove from Montreal to St John New Brunswick It's a nice drive lots of trees some solid vistas but there's a stretch of about 100km that has no exits with gas I mean this was my first real driver's seat roadtrip I was looking for big service stations and I'm sure there were little unadvertised gas stations everywhere But as far as I was concerned back then this was a deadzone I breathed a little easier when we saw a sign advertising a Tim Hortons a few kilometres on but that unsettled fear of the unknown the undiscovered sits with me every time someone mentions the MaritimesKenneth J Harvey in this book captures all of that the fear the uncertainty the understandable resistance to modern life the possibility that there's something out there that you can't uite explain but that the residents in their small seatown way may know just fineThe Town That Forgot How to Breathe plays at Lovecraft via smalltown Newfoundland This is a traditional ghost story lanterns hung on the Victorian novels one character adores complete with creepy children and old ladies psychics and possession haunted houses and isolation Family and community of course are the only way out but the journey there takes some pretty twisted turns Sea monsters and obsessions and hallucinations coupled with the ocean vomiting up long dead but perfectly preserved corpses and ah there's our H PNow would this be a horror story without the cover brilliantly embossed incidentally with a splash of clear 'water' As a testament to the power of graphic design I don't think so Had the image been of a still lake you could read it as a semi surreal account of Maritime life railing against modernization As with so much the effect you'll get from this book is dependent on youUltimately what matters most is that Harvey is an incredible stylist The three of his books I've read differ immensely from each other and each have their own distinct world within them He's not a favourite author of mine admittedly but I recognize and respect skill and talent where I see it Though there's an omniscient narrator keeping the story together at the seams stylistically and narratively each character's own particular worldview bleeds through sometimes uite brilliantly Specifically when Joseph begins to lose his mind coming down from his prescription drug high I legitimately felt like I was losing it alongside him It takes a remarkable writer to pull that off and Harvey went from that to cheerful child voice in a moment BravoThe Town That Forgot How to Breathe could have been much shorter and less redundant; could have used fewer characters; could have been creepier It didn't need all the Newfoundland accenting or the repetition without payoff and I would have appreciated a bit exploration of the major themes closer to the end But it was unsettling and engaging and at times even insightful and while I have no plans to head back to the Maritimes anytime soon I've got a new appreciation for that stretch of uiet highway

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Iction Now with the Town That Forgot PDFEPUB #232 help of some colorful village residents Joseph must unravel this paranormal mystery to save his only daughterCalled the literary love child of Stephen King and Annie Proulx The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a page turning gothic tale and a profound exploration of what it really means to live in the modern worl 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 There I said it I said itWhat Edith Wharton had going for her was that the protagonists' suicidal act of riding a sleigh into a tree to end their petty bourgeoisie existence is hilarious in the worst way possible Harvey's novel does not possess that kind of humor Nor does it possess atmosphere characters plot creative language or anything that would make a book memorable Imagine a novel with absolutely no atmosphere whatsoever No language to tell you where the characters are No hints as to the relationship between man and nature Nothing Now add to that characters Did you start to give your character an interest Shame shame Take away any interesting traits your characters may possess And instead of using language to insinuate their feelings and thoughts tell every single thing that goes through their head It had been such a long and tedious battle with Kim The deterioration of their relationship and then the legal maelstrom that had sucked the spirit out of him Don't try at any time to show our protagonist spiritually exhausted And last throw in whatever supernatural element you want Ghosts Psychics Auras Fairies Even mermaids Sure even mermaids They'll certainly add absolutely nothing to the novel You tell me What kind of novel have we created here One that I almost threw at a wall out of frustration that once again I was going to read fifty pages about what Joseph thought about Kim and what Kim thought about JosephBy synopsis alone I was intrigued Harvey's The Town That Forgot How to Breath is supposed to be about a Canadian town where people obviously forget how to breath A mysterious disease takes over Bareneed and next thing you know monstrous fish are popping up out of the ocean I'm not entirely sure what kind of novel Harvey was going for honestly It's packaged to be an eerie weird horror story but it's a slice of life wheel of morality trip that never once says anything of any merit Well it does say one thing Electricity bad Joseph newly estranged from his wife Kim takes his daughter and here I actually had to stop and look up her name Robin on a vacation to his father's childhood home Bareneed At the same time writerartist Claudia who we meet painting words on her sleeve My gown is parchment I wear it like a skin that tells my story by design such an artiste is missing her husband and daughter who disappeared And did I forget to mention the cast of other narrators There's Miss Laracy an elderly woman who opens the novel by declaring that fairies exist And who could forget the doctor who bumbles around and cares for his cat Or that police detective who hides his images of slayings from his wife as if it was pornography Despite the fact that I was speed reading this novel which is a habit I rarely partake in it seemed as though all was for naught; I had read 100 pages only to realize You mean I have to read 100 pages of this Perhaps it wouldn't have seemed as lengthy if the entire text wasn't a wall of telling In no way is The Town That Forgot How to Breath an indication of Harvey's award winning writing At least I hope it isn't With moments of She stared at her computer screen Words I really really hope not Nothing is left up to the imagination of the reader We're given the thoughts of every single inhabitant of Bareneed to such a degree that you wish they would all return to the plot There are a good 50 pages of Kim's told thoughts and Joseph's told thoughts That might have been my breaking point But I have a high tolerance for literary pain apparently I began skimming another reading habit that is rare in me First words and sentences Then paragraphs Then finally pages Because there were pages where nothing of interest happened How is it that this book can be 471 pages long and I have no idea who these characters are by the end How is that possible Not to mention the really strange sentences that seemed to have slipped the editor feeling a confession coming on feeling that these words he was about to speak would realize the mood of a bitten lipped kiss What Usually this kind of writing is expected out of amateur writers But someone who has won awards for his incredible work Or how about when Joseph webbed his brows How does one web their brows These are things that you need to think about in writing Always uestion what it is you're saying At one point in my notes I wrote down All telling and no showing make Harvey a dull boy And that was when it hit me This is The Shining A man trying to escape the pressures of the city by returning to a small town with his wife and child only to find weird occurrences that make him violent towards said wife and child Except without a Stanley Kubrick adaptation to cement it in the realm of pop culture Nor with uite the appalling violence that the man is willing to act out on his family Let's not forget the insulting messages packed in at the end The people who forget how to breath learn that they can breath again when they think positive thoughts Essentially this posits that electricity is at the root of human ails as it makes us think bad thoughts and if we just got rid of all our technology everything would be a okay The people who are afflicted suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety So I can only assume that Harvey is stating that we could solve all of our psychological issues by thinking them away There are people out there who will tell you that those with depression would feel better if only they started thinking happy thoughts These people have no understanding of depression whatsoever To insist that people are capable of making themselves happy is giving the being too much authority over the brain Sometimes there really is nothing you can do But that's where technology steps in That's where science steps in and gives you a helping hand It's too easy to take a jab at technology Yes technology has hindered us in some ways It's changed the way we live from say fifty years ago But think of all the advances we've made Think of all the people who can live today who might have died immediately in the past or would have been relegated to living in a hospital Think of the connections we're capable of making these days that I can communicate with someone halfway across the world in seconds Technology is not evil It is a complicated issue But not evil Perhaps this is too complex of a subject for Harvey's writing though Who knows What I do know is that based upon how much I disliked The Town That Forgot How to Breath I won't be picking up his other novels

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The Town That Forgot How to BreatheThat Forgot Epub #222 Something strange is happening in the seaside town of Bareneed Mythical creatures that formally existed only in mariner's dreams are being pulled from the sea Perfectly preserved corpses of villagers long ago lost at sea Town That Forgot How to eBook #242 are being washed upon the shore And residents of the town are suddenly suffering from a I enjoyed this book but I think it was rather pretentious piggybacking off of HP Lovecraft's style whilst ignoring good character development I also found that the author failed to capture the rugged coastal province of Newfoundland and Labrador very accurately