- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Wordsworth Editions (1. März 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1840225459
- ISBN-13: 978-1840225457
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 19,4 x 2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 696.645 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Haunting of Toby Jugg (Mystery & Supernatural) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2007
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Night after night, out there in the moonlight, Something was trying to get in at the bedroom window. A huge malevolent Something. Something not of this world. Inside, Toby Jugg, a wounded Battle of Britain pilot, thought first that he was hallucinating, then that he must be going mad, finally that this evil Something was real and striving to reach him. So begins what is probably Dennis Wheatley's most terrifying story of the supernatural. The struggle which ensues brought Toby unexpected help but also ungues treachery as it moves inexorably towards an appalling confrontation and seemingly inevitable catastrophe. No wonder Dennis Wheatley was called "The Prince of Thriller Writers".
Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht, das Buch war um längen besser als der Film.
Das Buch ist in Form eines Tagebuches zu lesen und meine Befürchtungen, Ausdruck und/oder Sprache seien veraltet oder schwer zu verstehen, wurden nich bewahrheitet.
Die Handlung des Buches findet im 2. Weltkrieg statt und es ist durchaus interessant, das Geschehen aus der Sicht eines Briten zu lesen. Erlebnisse und Erfahrungen von Toby während er am Krieg beteiligt ist, werden zwar erzählt, aber sie sind nich zu präsent und auch nicht zu ausführlich.
Hätte ich mich vorher mit dem Autor Dennis Whealty auseinandergesetzt, wäre mir klar gewesen was auf mich zukommt, wenn ich das Buch aufschlage.
Zu Beginn des Buches ist alles noch wunderbar verwirrend. Man ist hin und her gerissen, von der sachlichen und plausiblen Art wie Toby seine Erlebnisse beschreibt und den Vorfällen die einen eher dazu bringen sich zu fragen, ob er nicht doch einfach Wahnsinnig geworden ist.
Zum Schluss geht die Geschichte für meinen Geschmack etwas zu sehr ins Okkulte- was die Geschehnisse leider etwas ins lächerliche zieht.
Nichts desto trotz ist es ein spannendes Buch mit gutem Tempo und - zumindest bis zu einem gewissen punkt - aufreibender Spannung.
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'The Haunting of Toby Jugg' is the story of a young man, crippled during the war, being held captive by his guardian. Poor Toby suffers from extremely emotional distress because of his nightly visits by some shadowy creatures. Is Toby going insane or is his guardian behind all this? For much of the novel we don't know. The story has the feel of 'Misery' by Stephen King. It is taut, well-paced ... without excessive mini-lectures on satanism usually found in Wheatley novels.
In addition, 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg' is written as series of diary entries. So it has a personal, psychological feel to it much along the lines of 'Dracula' (Bram Stoker) and 'The Woman in White' (Wilkie Collins).
Bottom line: works well as a psychological "captive vs captor" novel. Of course there is the sprinkling of Wheatley's absurd satanist nonsense to contend with, but overall the book is a real page-turner. Recommended.
The rest of the book is fairly exciting and scary. Toby Jugg ("ahaha") is confined to a wheelchair. He is staying in a remote mansion in Wales (DW seems to be very anti-Welsh, by the way) and gets imprisoned. Then he gets visited by demons, falls in love, etc etc.
Not Dennis Wheatley's best book.
The novel is laid out in a series of journal entries made by the paralyzed Toby Jugg in a stamp collection book. Toby Jugg is a wealthy heir to great wealth that he will inherit on his twenty-first birthday from his grandfather. He was schooled at a special preparatory school known as the Weylands Abbey, where he was not instructed in religion and brought up in a general atmosphere of atheism, materialism, and liberalism. It was here that he met Dr. Helmuth Lisicky who becomes in charge of his trust and who he will later begin to suspect of satanic activity. While under the tutelage of Helmuth, Toby Jugg runs away and joins the R.A.F. where he becomes a pilot, earning the nickname of "the Viking" because of his red hair and his fierce combativeness. However, he has been shot down and become paralyzed as a result. The story takes place in a castle in Wales where the paralyzed Toby Jugg is attended to by nurses and Helmuth. Initially Toby Jugg recounts his encounter with a demonic infestation which he believes to be shaped like an octopus that he sees in the moonlight. His nurse Deb and attendant Taffy attend to his needs during the day; however, soon Toby Jugg comes to suspect Helmuth of plotting against him. In the meantime, he has taken a renewed interest in religion and has begun praying. Eventually, he will find it necessary to hypnotize Deb (who turns out to be a communist agent working in England) and Taffy and get them to help him against Helmuth. He attempts to escape the grasp of Helmuth by hypnotizing Taffy; however, he is captured and brought back to the castle. He also manages to notify his uncle Paul (who is on the board of trustees) and his Italian wife Julia about the situation and his difficulties with Helmuth. However, both come down to patch things up between Toby Jugg and Helmuth. Deb is forced to leave and he receives a new nurse, Nurse Cardew, who will become his love interest. In the meantime, Helmuth does turn out to be a Satanist and explains how by joining the "Brotherhood" Toby Jugg can expect to survive financially and avoid the excessive taxation of his wealth during an era of socialism and the expectant rise of communism. Toby Jugg considers the offer but ultimately must decline because it would require him to sign over all his wealth to the Brotherhood. In the meantime, Helmuth plagues him with an infestation of spiders. We also learn that Toby Jugg's Great-aunt Sarah who is mentally addled has been slowly digging a tunnel underneath the castle to re-capture her "Launcelot". Further, we learn that Nurse Cardew, who is a devoted Englishwoman, can be trusted and falls in love with Toby Jugg. She also tells him of her theory of reincarnation, echoing the themes of Joan Grant's book mentioned above. In addition, it becomes apparent that Helmuth is attempting to have Toby Jugg declared insane so that he can attain his wealth in that manner. The rest of the story plays out with many surprises as Uncle Paul and Julia come to visit again and a group of Satanists meets to summon forth the demon. Ultimately the enterprises of Great-aunt Sarah may prove fruitful for Toby Jugg.
This novel is an enjoyable read and is recommended to all who would be interested in the works of Dennis Wheatley. As with all his novels, the heroes are champions of the British empire while they are plagued by the nefarious doings of the Communists and Satanists. As an occult thriller, this novel is certainly highly enjoyable and recommended on that account.