Irlanda del Nord, 1892. Charlotte Ormond, quattro anni, viene trovata morta nella stanza del guardaroba della dimora di famiglia. A chiuderla lì dentro è stata la madre Harriet, mettendo in atto i rigidissimi principi educativi in cui crede: la situazione le è sfuggita di mano, la sua colpevolezza è evidente, ma le cose sono davvero andate nel modo che appare più ovvio? Sessanta anni dopo, Maddie, la vecchia tata di Charlotte, nel ricevere una lettera di Anna, l’ultima discendente degli Ormond, capisce che è giunto il momento di confessare un segreto che serba ormai da troppo tempo: solo lei sa cosa accadde veramente nell’ultimo giorno di vita di Charlotte. Al racconto di Maddie si alternano le pagine del diario che Harriet Ormond ha scritto in carcere dopo la condanna. Due voci potenti e straordinarie, quella arcaica, intrisa di spunti gotici, della popolana Maddie, e quella secca, tagliente, aristocratica di Harriet, una donna fiera e indipendente, algida e volitiva, incapace di scendere a compromessi. La piccola comunità del luogo è stata pronta a giudicarla, ma il suo diario rivela una realtà ben più complessa.
- ISBN: 8833970574
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 227
I thought it was great. But then, I did write it.
Bleh! I picked up in anticipation of a Gothic read. I loved the cover, turns out it was the best part of the book. The story is told in alternating chapters by Harriet, the lady of the house and Maddie the maid. By the time we meet Harriet, she is in prison for the murder of her daughter Charlotte.
What a haunting tale. This sad story is told in two voices; that of a nanny who used to work in the household and through the diaries of the mother of a child who died at the hands of her punishment. Harriet, the mother, is a woman who really never should have never had children and is married to ma Leggi tutto
This is a nice read and based lightly on a true story, I liked the writing and the way the story is told, but for me something was missing that did not make it a great novel for me.
I try SO hard not to write a book review from a personal point of view and be objective when posting. But I am making an exception in this case. We are taught at a very young age not to judge a book by its' cover, but the cover of this book is hauntingly beautiful and after reading the book it only
This book was a fluke. I didn't plan on reading it but i was in desperate need of reading material after the genius "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Let me tell you, ONE HELL OF A DIFFERENCE in literature . The book it self was well written...sometimes. When the writing was good, it was good. B Leggi tutto
This book starts with Anna writing to Maddie McGlade telling her that she is ready to hear Maddie’s story. Maddie was a former nanny to Anna. Before Anna, Maddie was a nanny to another little girl. Her name was Charlotte Ormond. Charlotte was just four years old when she died. Her mother, Harriet si Leggi tutto
The blurb on the back was good but the book just did not deliver. I considered not finishing it half way through but decided to perservere - I wish I hadn't, I could have read something much better. The book was printed in fairly large print and double spaced lines, I guess then that I should have se Leggi tutto
A very intersting book. Told in alternate chapters from the mother in prison and one of the servants who was working in the house the day the child dies.Doesn't specifically answer how the child ended up dead byt gives one a pretty good idea of how is happened. Slow paced though but again it is an a Leggi tutto
This story of a tragedy is told in two voices, a mother in prison and an elderly servant in a nursing home. It is not a fast moving book, but it has a fascinating look into life in the late 19th, early 20th centuries in northern Ireland. The mother reflects on her life as it was before prison and wh Leggi tutto
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