The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Read The Fifty Year Sword Online Free - In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.

Title : The Fifty Year Sword
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ISBN : 0307907724
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


karen rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2015

validation! candy?? what's this?? okay, so maybe it's not as bad as all that. and maybe as a live shadow show "performed only on halloween night," this would have been more enjoyable to me. but as a book read on halloween night, by someone desperate for distr...

Hadrian rated it ★★★☆☆

October 16, 2012

MZD, if nothing else, is an experimenter as much as he is a storyteller. His first and most famous book, House of Leaves, is a great bulk of a book, a maze within itself, brutally tearing at the art of the novel and our own fears. Only Revolutions, by contrast, is a rotten egg, forcing the reader...

Michelle rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 16, 2012

"'Barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf barf. "'Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb. "'I can't believe I spent money on this piece of crap.'" "'Should have learned my lesson after Only Revolutions.

Caleb rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2015

UPDATE: I've re-read this book, this time in the form of the re-released version (the orange cover version). This re-released version is much better than the original "tall" version. Therefore, I'm changing my rating from 1 star to 3 stars. I believe the orange version worked so much better becau...

Ali rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 08, 2012

Formerly a status with comments, but reviewfied and expanded per NR'S request. I like this format better, anyway, because the character limits don't keep me down and limit my creativity as much as those status updates. Consider this my version of sticking it to the man, man! *Insert bong hits.* Th...

Jim rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 12, 2012

Let's strip this book of its components, one by one. 1. The book was done in collaboration with three "stitchers," who sewed the sometimes very elaborate patterns that are reproduced throughout the book. The problem here is that the stitching only intermittently connects with the narrative. The ke...

Kurt rated it ★★★★★

November 04, 2012

I am madly in love with this eerie, haunting little ghost story. I loved House of Leaves, of course, and this book has a similar intellectually playful style without the crass porn aspects of the other. It presents in the style of a folktale, the story of a woman making her reluctant appearance a...

Mimi rated it ★★★☆☆

May 16, 2017

This is a hard one. While I liked it and found it interesting, I'm not sure anyone else would because this book is the very definition of gimmick and novelty item. Evidence: the packaging (it comes in a wooden box with metal latches, need I say more?). More evidence: there's interesting needlewor...

Amy rated it ★★★☆☆

October 20, 2012

The story itself is short but morbid and fantastical. A mysterious storyteller visits a party one night and tells five orphans a story about the Fifty Year Sword: one that is invisible but deadly. Definitely recommend. It's written using quotes (from five different narrators) that are pieced toge...

Bonnie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 14, 2015

'What I have to tell you,' he began slowly. 'I must show you. But what I show you I must also tell you. I have only myself and where I've been and what I found and what I now bring. And it will frighten you.' I'm sure the majority of people that braved House of Leaves would likely never be willing...

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