Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two year old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned Atticus’s great grandmother—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of one black family, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.
Without a doubt LoveCraft Country is my favorite book, I’ve read this year. I read and listened to this book in the span of 3 days. Matt Ruff’s writing is sophisticated and naturally flows. There was a certain air to his writing that made the novel purposeful. Matt Ruff as a white male author does an extraordinary job writing Black characters.
I typically do not read horror novels. However, I do enjoy Zombie television shows and books. Zombies are pretty much the only thing I read in the horror genre. Reading, Lovecraft Country allowed me to adventure into the horror genre a little more. However, I wouldn’t personally categorize it as such. Lovecraft Country is more of Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror Adventure.
Everything I liked
Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. I have told everyone about this book. I couldn’t get enough of it. The ending does allow for a sequel. I hope Matt Ruff writes it. Or, it can be explored more in the TV show.
Have you watched the show yet? I have; Lovecraft Country is produced by TV/Film heavyweights JJ Abrahms, Misha Collins, and Jordan Peele. Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country allows for a lot of creative license in the TV show. Which they have no problems taking. They take a lot of liberties with the show. Personally, there are elements I like and some I think should have been left alone.
Watch Lovecraft Country on HBO or HBOMax on Sundays at 9 PM.
Do you prefer the book or tv adaption? Will you be reading this book? Let me know in the comments.
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