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The Sound of His Horn ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Sound of His Horn Author Sarban – uando Alan uerdilion un ufficiale della Marina britannica si risveglia nel letto di uno strano ospedale sono passati centodue anni il mondo non è più lo stesso e lui si ritrova imprigionato in un in uando Alan uerdilion un ufficiale della Marina of His MOBI · britannica si risveglia nel letto di uno strano ospedale sono passati centodue anni il mondo non è più lo stesso e lui si ritrova imprigionato in un incubo I nazisti hanno vinto la seconda guerra mondiale e regnano incontrastati I prigionieri schiavi vengono allevati e trasformati nella selvaggina di un feroce sovrano Un terrore remoto e indicibile si impossessa lentamente di Alan è «il terrore che si prova ad essere cacciati» ualcosa di notte si muove nella foresta e brama sangue Lo sente avvicinarsi da lontano preceduto dal suono The Sound ePUB ´ di un corno Sono note isolate appena avvertibili separate da lunghi intervalli «ognuna così solitaria nel buio e nel silenzio assoluto come un'unica vela su un vasto oceano» Poco dopo la fine della guerra e ben prima che il genere distopico infuriasse fra i lettori di tutto il mondo un diplomatico inglese estremamente discreto che passava da una sede all'altra del Medio Oriente scriveva uesto piccolo romanzo che fa pensare a un racconto di Wells e dove all'immagine di un futuro alternativo governato dai nazisti si sovrappone ben presto la terrificante visione di un mondo capovolto e Sound of His Epub Þ arcaico regolato dalla caccia fine a se stessa Ossessione ricorrente da varie migliaia di anni fino a oggi e forse oggi più che mai.

10 thoughts on “The Sound of His Horn

  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    The sound of his horn rings through the night freezing all who hear it with fear safe in their beds for now but for how long? The bestial hornblower chooses his human prey as he sees fit and as is his right The hornblower lives in a world uite distant from the World War II battlefields and far from our hero's safe home back in England; a world where the Nazis have won and have held the world tight in their grip for a hundred years Our hero has found himself in this world inexplicably Perhaps he has gone mad PTSD can take many formsThe story unfolds like a dream a strange and hypnotic dream Sarban tells his story calmly as calm as our hero who wakes in this world A dreamlike calm How else to describe such unemotional reactions to the world he's found himself in this elegant private clinic the dark forest that surrounds it the servants ready to hunt the slaves dressed as animals the women undressed and remade women transformed into hunting beasts or served trussed and naked on platters for guests to do with as they desire If this were not some kind of terrible dream surely any sane man would find his mind in revolt Surely any sane man would revolt against such atrocities rather than finding them simply curious Both Sarban and his protagonist look on such things with a certain detachment an unemotional lack of reaction That dispassion makes the horrors all the horrible it is like our hero is reading about such things in a book rather than seeing them take place before his very eyesA link between fascism and sexuality is made A link between fascism and eugenics is also made but that is easy to digest a common enough link The connection between fascism and sexuality is a deeper one even unsettling and harder to contemplate Power over women; women as cats and as chattel; the wearing of masks the use of costumes to inflame the senses; the urge to place dominant men in positions of power and authority to lead us to use women and lesser men as they see fit to dominate simply because they can because they are men of the alpha class because such dominant men are real men Such fascist dreams are at the heart of so many fantasies Simply peruse the novels of romance and erotica on this very site and see Simply turn on the news and witness who is in power Real men will blow their horns; real men will grab pussy as they see fitInevitably dream becomes nightmare; bystander becomes prey Well I suppose he shouldn't have been such a beta

  2. Mark Mark says:

    Well this was strange Another of the books hoovered up as I walked from bookshop to bookshop in Hay a few weeks ago I picked it up for three disconnected reasons Firstly the name of the author which had a mystery about it I always find those single name writers normally either brilliant like Saki or Bram or horrendously up their own bottoms like well that would be tellingSarban seemed to buck the trendhe was just weird Second reason it was the sub title 'If the Nazis had won the war' this was a fantasy written in 1960 so just 15 years after the end of the War and that would have meant the horror was still fresh and an open wound in some people's lives The aplomb it took to write this I felt should be acknowledged with an 'explore' and thirdly then the book itself It was everything that I flee from in a second hand book shop normally it was yellowing with that discoloured decay and falling apart the pages were coming loose and to top it all it had a smell but not that lovely musty smell of old loved used books but something singularly unattractive So why on God's earth I bought it I have no idea but i did and as it was only 125 pages long it was a uick read as i travelled up the country over a few days heading for CumbriaThe story itself is unsettling and gross The hero tells a friend over an evening's drinking of his experience when as he escaped from a prisoner of War camp in Germany he loses his way in the forest and ends up crashing through some sort of fence which renders him unconscious When he comes round he finds himself by gradual realization in a parallel Universe in which the Nazis won the 'War of German Rights' and 100 years of the Third Reich has passedWorse is yet to come He finds that he is the prisoner of a sadistic aristocrat who holds an important position in the regime but who sneers at all things modern and has reconstructed his own Grand Duchy of Dark Age like viciousness and barbarity The story is of the hero's uest to escape and get away from the horrendous death which awaits him at the hands or rather simulated paws of the creatures which follow and respond to 'The sound of his Horn' 'his' being Count von Hackelnberg the Master Forester of the Reich These creatures are in fact young women bred and produced to act as his hounds in their pursuit of 'normal game' but also from time to time in pursuit of human beings used as bait for the hunt It is here that the story takes this weird uncomfortable sexual turn These 'cats' as they are called hunt naked Others of their type act as candle bearers in the banueting hall into which huge serving dishes are brought where we see trussed like chicken other young women who for various crimes in the German State are sent to von Hackelnberg and used as prey hunted whilst dressed like birds by bare chested muscular young men who act as 'beaters' for the Nazi top brass who come to hunt Their reward is seemingly to be able to rape the 'birds' they catchThe whole thing is bizarre and horrible and chilling Sarban's writing and conjuring up fear and degradation and shock is clever but his mind perhaps was a little on the odd side To be fair this is all I have read of his work I am not sure if I will be searching out the rest anytime soonI didn't put a rating just because its one of those weird situations where i loathed the overall thrust if you'll pardon the double entendre of the book but the writing was oddly impressive if prone to OTTDescribing the castle 'Their overhangs and nooks odd windows and recessed doorways seemed to have writhed in and out of the forest trees of their own accord to have sought the shade and privacy of the groves like woodland beasts'or the Count 'From time to time he snatched up the Drinking Horn in front of him drained it and returned it to its rest again with a fiercely controlled force as if his arm once raised could scarcely be restrained from sweeping down of its own accord to strike and destroy'And Kit the love interest 'In this forest of Hackelnberg she was like one of the fair trees themselves that all the Master Forester's mad ingenuity could not force to grow false to its own nature'The very opening line of the story draws you in cleverly'It's the terror that's unspeakable'This is spoken by the hero Alan uerdilion to his dinner guests who are we later discover discussing the various points of view of going fox hunting He then proceeds to relate the story to his friend It is this unspeakable horror of blind terrorized pursuit that Sarban seeks to enable us to experience through the terrified flight of our hero and i think he suceeds It is a horrible book but that presumably was his whole intention He is reminding his listeners if reminding they needed of the corruption and perverse cruelty that the world escaped by defeating the Nazis His imagination took full flight and though it might have shone a light on Sarban's own weirdness it is a powerful reminder of how the whole 'untermensch' mentality of the Nazis would have continued to wreak and monstrous havoc The 'cat girls' and 'dog boys' hunters bred and created for bestial display for the powerful to vicariously enjoy savagery whilst uaffing fine wine were hideously real Sarban creates a world which is the nightmare seen from the corner of your eye when you wake up disorientated and confused'It's the terror that's unspeakable' begins this novel The cleverness of Sarban is he doesn't finish the novel with an euivalent of Conrad's 'Oh the horror the horror' but rather with a weird 'sang froid' stiff upper lip remark from the hero Earlier he had related his pure terror from the vicious catwomen and now he remarks on the absence of his domestic animal 'Cats are a damn nuisance whether you let them out or try to keep them in'This inane comment chills in a way that a histrionic sentence may not have done

  3. Jim Smith Jim Smith says:

    This is intensely atavistic sylvan folk horror After raving about Sarban's Ringstones The Doll Maker Calmahain and Number 14 I put this one off for a time because of the science fiction 'alternate history' appellation in its reviews not appealing to me but rest assured this is baroue Gothic horror and concerns deep rooted primal human fears of being hunted in dark woods than the pulpish science fiction worldbuilding I expectedAnother eccentric masterpiece of the weird and macabre from Sarban I wasn't expecting much and have been left stunned Don't fall prey to the shlocky pulp sci fi marketing and put this off as I did This is pure uncanny dream slipping into nightmare oneiric horror at its finest and the astonishing uality of all four books of his I own has cemented my view of Sarban as a classic artist of the uncanny tale

  4. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    This book is a little oddI mean it's not that you haven't seen anything like it It's just that as it's put together it's a bitunusualThis is a short book and can be read in one sitting if you're will to read for a few hours I'd sayn it's sort of like The Time MachineThe Island of Doctor Moreau meets The Most Dangerous Game Our hero is a young man who was in a German prison camp during the war WW2 He's home but he's not the same His mother has observed that the Germans didn't send all of him homeWe get to view a discussion that sets things up and then he goes off alone with a friend and tells the story of an attempted escape from a German prison camp and how he seems to have landed in an alternate future where the Nazis won the war and there are horrors unthought ofThis isn't a bad book It's dated as the story set up is very slow and even the horror we find is a bit paler than you'd see today the way it's told Still interesting story and I'm thinking of looking up of Sarban's John William Wall workI think I can give it a mild recommendation Try it yourself maybe

  5. Nicholas Whyte Nicholas Whyte says:

    only thing I knew of this novel before reading it was that it has a “Hitler Wins” scenario I hadn't realised that the framing narrative is set shortly after WW2 in our timeline but the protagonist recounts a story of breaking out of a PoW camp in Germany and getting somehow zapped forward to a different mid 21st century where the Allies were defeated It's a very short book and the key point is that the future Nazis have bred genetically modified young men to hunt women through the woods for sport This is needless to say a really icky set up and I think the best point of the novel is that it doesn't especially dwell voyeuristically on the ickiness but on the practicalities of getting the hero and his young female ally out of immediate danger Defeating the system isn't an option Even so there are a number of loose ends and I can't agree with those who rate it among the greats However I'm glad to have read it

  6. Aurélien Thomas Aurélien Thomas says:

    The story of a British naval officer WWII prisoner of war finding himself hunted like a fox by hounds in a future where the Third Reich triumphed What else to say?The Nazis victorious makes for a nice background rewriting of history eg WWII renamed 'War of German Rights' Adolf Hitler hailed as the 'Immortal Spirit of Germanism' but the book being nearly all about a human hunt don't expect too much food for thought here Sure it's very vivid and thrilling and the brutality and sheer cruelty of the Nazis after him is terrifying and chilling There's a few things over the top I personally found hard to believe eg cat women and game girls really? although considering the behaviours of some gauleiters and einsatzgruppen in Eastern Europe one may wonder if reality wouldn't have surpassed fiction All in all then 'The Sound of His Horn' is simple and straightforward yet tense and edgy enough to grip you for a nice read That's not bad but that's pretty much it

  7. Marie-Therese Marie-Therese says:

    25 starsThis brief riff on the what if the Nazis won? theme features a strong first half but narrative interest fades as Sarban's particular sexual obsessions come into play Sarban is always at his most intriguing and effective when he's at his least explicit as in the stunning 'Ringstones' where a long deliberately vague set up and uasi idyllic middle leads to a genuinely disturbing close that gives me the shivers every time I think of it; when he openly indulges his worst instincts racism sadism fetishising of a certain sort of upper middle class Englishman he becomes too obvious for suspension of disbelief and his fantasy world collapses 'The Sound of His Horn' isn't Sarban's worst work but it's not his best either and it's primary value is as a piece of alternate history rather than dark fantasy or horror

  8. Susan Susan says:

    This is one of those classics that I somehow missed until I won a copy I’m very glad it came to my attention It’s a very interesting mix of alternate history what if the Nazis had won their war? time travel and a retelling of the Wild Hunt The story starts off slow with hints of ‘something not uite right’ as Alan uerdilion reacuaints himself with an old friend years after WWII has come to a close The two find themselves drinking and smoking by a late night fire when Alan relates his odd tale of a walk on the weird sideAlan finds himself in a future world 102 years after the Nazis obtained dominance He stumbled upon it after having escaped a WWII POW camp lost dehydrated and zapped by something he bumbled into He wakes up in a German hospital type place The two nurses and the doctor try to help him thinking he is suffering from a bad hit to the head Eventually he learns something of the baron whose land the hospital resides on Slavery is common place for both young men and women Alan won’t let go of his believe that this place and time is not uite real but he uiets down enough about it for the doctor to start taking him out and aboutWhat Alan learns is disturbing The slaves have been bred or perhaps genetically altered at the zygote level to provide a service or entertainment for this baron Some are physically altered as kids or teens such as having vocal chords cut The baron treats many of these specialized slaves as animals using them to hunt as well as providing them to be hunted It’s all rather disturbing and very well written The book doesn’t get caught up in bigger picture morality issues Instead it stays focused on Alan’s tale as he tries to survive this encounter and his thoughts on what is wrong or rightAlan eventually offends the baron by sneaking about and he is tossed into the fenced forest to be hunted at leisure This starts the heart pounding suspense as Alan must avoid the Hunt again and again The moonlit Wild Hunt scenes were absolutely riveting The plot thickens as he meets others who are part of this hunt and he learns a little of the politics off of the baron’s propertyAs you might guess since Alan is telling this story from the beginning years after the even happens he survives the event though not unmarked The reader is left to decide whether or not Alan truly experienced this event if it was his hallucination or if Alan made it up to mess with his friend It’s an excellent suspense filled taleI won a copy of this book from the publisher via The Audio Book Reviewer with no strings attachedNarration Stefan Rudnicki was excellent His performance really added to the tension and excitement and the disgust Alan felt from time to time His female voices were good and his accents were well done During one of the hunting scenes these wild cats sort of are being used to hunt and Rudnicki was in the middle of the narrative that explains the wild yowling sounds as they go on the chase when my old deaf cat let out a yowl of her own I almost jumped out of my skin

  9. David David says:

    I read this short piece by Sarban on the advice of a friend I truly enjoyed it What if the Nazis had won WWII? I wonder if Alan our main character was suffering hallucinations the whole time or if he truly visited an alternative future? Is he the old Frenchman too? Loved the visual imagery Sarban invokes

  10. Emily Madison Emily Madison says:

    Just take The Most Dangerous Game but add Nazis and any element you can think of that will unsettle the mind

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