Due ragazzine, amiche da sempre e riunite dalle vacanze estive, cercano di colmare la noia e quel senso di vuoto che talvolta prende durante l'adolescenza. Harriet, brillante, manipolatrice e attraente è la più decisa e propone all'amica un patto segreto: "umiliare" un vicino di casa, un uomo sposato in crisi di mezza età, soprannominato dalle ragazze lo Zar. L'io narrante, una ragazzina un po' cicciotta, introversa, insicura è la perfetta illustrazione di un'adolescente alla ricerca della propria identità, pronta a essere plagiata da qualcuno abbastanza deciso. Harriet, appunto. Si muove agli ordini di Harriet come un soldatino di latta. Fa come "dice Harriet", che si tratti di disobbedire blandamente ai genitori o di ammaliare in modo morboso lo Zar. Il gioco infatti consiste nel far innamorare lo Zar di una di loro per poterlo poi respingere. Questo il piano, ma a poco a poco la storia si fa torbida, le ragazzine vengono sopraffatte dalla loro stessa ingenuità, e la vicenda diventa inquietante e terribile.
- ISBN: 8896919045
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 200
In Harriet Said..., the final chapter comes first. We see two girls fleeing across a field, screaming and crying. They run home to their parents to tell them 'what had happened'; the police are called. Only when the story is complete does this scene make sense. However, the dread that permeates the
Jesus. Thank goodness I have sons and not little girls. You want creepy? This is creepy! This old story from the incredible Dame Beryl Bainbridge reminds me of the morbid calculations in 'The Bad Seed' but then slinked over with the precocious sexuality of 'Lolita.' All three were written in the mid Leggi tutto
Such a strange book, like a mixture of Muriel Spark and... another odd writer. I find this covered quite a taboo topic which was brave, but I didn't enjoy the writing at all! It was a drag to read until the last few pages where everything seemed to happen at once. I don't think I will be reading Ber Leggi tutto
about a 3.8 - rounded up Harriet Said ... is neither horror nor thriller, and after looking at several reader reviews, I do feel badly for those readers whose cover blurbs promised them either one of the other, and I can understand the low ratings, given that expectations based on said blurbs didn't Leggi tutto
Set in Formby soon after the end of the Second World War, Harriet Said is one of the darkest and most disturbing fictional books I have ever read, and those of you who read my reviews will note that I tend towards the dark side! There is something very frightening about young girls, and Harriet and
A dark chilling novel about lost innocence during one summer holiday. Harriet and her friend the narrator come across Mr Biggs an old grumpy man who they nick name the Tsar. They plan to beguile then humiliate him with disastrous shocking consequences which results in a rather chilling end to the book Leggi tutto
Harriet is the ringleader. Her friend follows the lead no matter where Harriet goes. One summer the friend is attracted to a much older, much unhappily married man. Being only 13-years-old and Harriet a year older, she's not certain what she should do about her feelings. The girls ... Harriet, actual Leggi tutto
Jeez, that was horribly brilliant. A funny, uncomfortable read, which didn't feel at all dated but had that 60s bleak-yet-whimsical edge. Ugh, this had so many levels of skeeve and cruelty and innocence, and like i said it was deeply uncomfortable, but the writing was right up my street and those ch Leggi tutto
I was so subtly drawn into this book! It starts benignly enough with two young girls, one returning home from boarding school, to spend the summer holidays at home in a Northern coastal town. Harriet Said… is a perfect title for the book because throughout the story, what Harriet says goes. Harriet Leggi tutto
First paragraph: ‘Harriet said: ‘No, you don’t, you keep walking.’ I wanted to turn around and look back at the dark house but she tugged at my arm fiercely. We walked over the field hand in hand as if we were little girls.’ Interesting book this. It follows the story of two adolescent girls on a su Leggi tutto
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