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The Five Gates of Hell

S the Day of the Dead when celebrants eat marzipan skulls and paint themselves blue to match the corpses on the ocean floor In Moon Beach Nathan Christie is. Reread this book first time I read it was in 1992 and I still find it fantastic however gloomy the setting is Do read this book

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An anomaly he saves people from drowning In Moon Beach Jed Morgan is in his element following a career that takes him from blackmail to commissioned murder A. In The Five Gates of Hell Thomson creates an entirely creepy city Moon Beach an American style metropolis on the eastern coast of a large unnamed country whose chief industry is funerals Moon Beach sometimes feels like Miami sometimes like New Orleans sometimes like Mexico City complete with an annual Day of the Dead but it is always mysterious less a portrait of a real American city than a vivid hallucination of one In it he tells of the twin interlinked comings of age of the shabby genteel Nathan Christie and the petty criminal Jed Morgan and the complicated plot as the lives of Nathan and Jed cross and recross is mainly an excuse to explore this landscape While the city feels American many of the characters still feel British and these disparate elements noir and gothic American and British come together in the character of Neville Creed who is part funeral magnate and part Cockney crime boss sort of a cross between Vincent Price and Bob Hoskins He is also a sexual predator operating under the name of Reid as Creed he employs and then betrays Jed and as Reid he drugs and rapes the hapless Nathan while wearing a suit made out of human bones The novel often reads like a collaboration between Raymond Chandler and a modern gothicist like Clive Barker or Neil GaimanThis last paragraph moving from a gothic metaphor to a cynical Chandleresue second person is a reminder that noir and gothic are near cousins and share some essential elements a palpable sense of impending doom the constant threat of violence and death and a seething often perverse sexuality All of which Thomson improbably wears as comfortably and stylishly as a trench coat and fedora or a suit of human bones It is a wild and uirky ride of the imagination both dark and unusual The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unnamed country whose chief industry is funerals Moon Beach sometimes feels like Miami sometimes like New Orleans sometimes like Mexico City complete with an annual Day of the Dead but it is always mysterious less a portrait of a real American city than a vivid hallucination of one In it he tells of the twin interlinked comings of age of the shabby genteel Nathan Christie and the petty criminal Jed Morgan and the complicated plot as the lives of Nathan and Jed cross and recross is mainly an excuse to explore this landscape While the city feels American many of the characters still feel British and these disparate elements noir and gothic American and British come together in the character of Neville Creed who is part funeral magnate and part Cockney crime boss sort of a cross between Vincent Price and Bob Hoskins He is also a sexual predator operating The Illusionists under the name of Reid as Creed he employs and then betrays Jed and as Reid he drugs and rapes the hapless Nathan while wearing a suit made out of human bones The novel often reads like a collaboration between Raymond Chandler and a modern gothicist like Clive Barker or Neil GaimanThis last paragraph moving from a gothic metaphor to a cynical Chandleresue second person is a reminder that noir and gothic are near cousins and share some essential elements a palpable sense of impending doom the constant threat of violence and death and a seething often perverse sexuality All of which Thomson improbably wears as comfortably and stylishly as a trench coat and fedora or a suit of human bones It is a wild and Planet of the Bugs uirky ride of the imagination both dark and Fishes of the Open Ocean unusual

Rupert Thomson Ê 6 review

Moon Beach is where you go to die a place where the dead are displayed under maruees and even the sea is dotted with gravestones Once a year the city observe. I m not sure I want to talk about this bookIt was too powerful too scattered but ultimately chillingly cohesive in that perfect Rupert Thomson way too intimate too universal and too mysterious to unpack and lay bare to the dissecting knifeSome books change you Some books leave barely a breeze Every one of Rupert Thomson s books leaves me a different person


10 thoughts on “The Five Gates of Hell

  1. says:

    I'm not sure I want to talk about this bookIt was too powerful too scattered but ultimately chillingly cohesive in that perfect Rupert Thomson way too intimate too universal and too mysterious to unpack and lay bare to the dissecting

  2. says:

    I read this book a long time ago About twenty odd years back but I do remember its impact It has a certain odd nightmareish uality to it If you like deep psychological insights you are going to love this one

  3. says:

    Rupert Thomson is one of those authors whose work I normally get massively frustrated by as he comes up with a uniue intriguing premise and never manages to uite tie the idea down into a coherent novel And generally speaking I do prefer my novels to be coherent However in this one he doesn't really come up with a premise at all I'm not sure that even the location or characters are that well realised either This is a book dealing mainly wit

  4. says:

    Rupert Thomson is one of the best English contemporary writers Read this and find out why

  5. says:

    This is really a 45 star book and it would get five stars if the subject matter wasn't so bleak The novel is dark beautiful violent imaginative and moving and I was hooked from start to finish Rupert Thomson manage

  6. says:

    Reread this book first

  7. says:

    For me this book continually hovered on the verge of greatness but never uite crossed over the threshold It was still ver

  8. says:

    Another compelling and literate novel by the extraordinary Rupert Thomson Every novel I've read by this author is uniue and

  9. says:

    In The Five Gates of Hell Thomson creates an entirely creepy city Moon Beach an American style metropolis on the eastern coast of a large unnamed country whose chief industry is funerals Moon Beach sometimes feels

  10. says:

    I read this book when I was very young too young to understand the nature of not only taking a life but making a person suffer for life This book opened my eyes to the separation of personality and abnormal behavior Sometimes nice well meaning people are capable of awful things but we don’t want to think about that much less imagine it We never want to find ourselves in such a predicament either Needless to say this book left an

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