La Londra vittoriana impazzisce per i quadri preraffaelliti. Tra i soggetti dipinti ossessivamente da Henry Chester ci sono bambine e ragazze. La sua modella preferita è Effie, che per lui incarna gli ideali di bellezza e purezza. Quando l’ha ritratta per la prima volta, lei aveva solo nove anni, ma poi l’ha educata e plasmata, e ne ha fatto sua moglie. Infantile, bellissima, innocente, Effie sembra la sposa ideale, ma è spesso malata. Lenisce le sue sofferenze con il laudano e vive come sospesa tra il sogno e la realtà. La gabbia dorata in cui l’ha rinchiusa suo marito le sta sempre più stretta. A liberarla saranno l’incontro con un altro pittore, l’ambiguo e sensuale Moses, e l’amicizia con Fanny Miller, la maîtresse di una casa d’appuntamenti frequentata da Chester, a suo tempo teatro di un orribile delitto. La giovane donna sprofonderà così in un incubo pericoloso e terribile, dove la voce della ragione si perde nei labirinti del delirio e l’unico punto fermo sembrano l’amore e la sensualità.
- ISBN: 8811608392
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 400
Hmmm. I struggled with this a bit because I generally adore Joanne Harris. This is her "lost" second novel, and while it is certainly an improvement on her first novel, the dire " The Evil Seed", it doesn't quite live up to her later work. It is a bit of a grim tale. Painter Henry Chester becomes ob Leggi tutto
I couldn't get into this one. Harris plays with her usual theme of asceticism versus carnality but it's too obvious here. The characters know themselves and their motives too well and are constantly explaining this to the reader instead of letting the reader draw their own conclusions. I could've do Leggi tutto
‘Sleep Pale Sister’ is an early Joanne Harris novel and has a slightly unformed feeling in comparison to, say, Chocolat . It is a ghostly gothic melodrama, chiefly notable to my mind for the variations in character awareness of this. The two male narrators sometimes comment wryly that their lives res Leggi tutto
This was actually the first of Joanne Harris' books that I've read, which strikes me as odd since I consider myself a fan. But I realized that that "fan" status is based solely on the viewing of the movie Chocolat (Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche) because the story was so wonderful. But that, of cours Leggi tutto
Bought this book because the title sounded intriguing, and there was a promise of some of the story being set in a brothel. The beginning was really good, but then it became more and more predictable, then mystical in a very cheap way, and then simply boring. At one point I started to wonder if and
Поредица от глупави и кошмарни случки. Тук Харис я е ударила здраво сачмата, но без капка смисъл. Противна книга.
Sleep, Pale Sister / 9780061843181 "Sleep, Pale Sister" grabs you from the first page and never lets go. As you are dragged through the lives of a pale victim and her three persecutors, you are shown by turns the motivations and inner thoughts of her tormentors, by the compelling switches between nar Leggi tutto
This book fit squarely into my super-love category. Mysterious, sensual, provocative, magical. On the cover a reviewer calls this book "a hauntingly evocative laudanum-dream of a novel" and I must say I agree completely. I have not read any of Ms. Harris's other books and I hesitate to, because this Leggi tutto
One of Joanne's first and 'lost' books which entices, shocks and lulls you into it's gripping clutches. Told in the different voices of the main characters we unravel the story of Henry Chester who has dark hidden secrets and his lovely, young wife Effie as they become seduced by dark shadowy charact Leggi tutto
“Sleep, Pale Sister” is a campy gothic novel that ultimately suffers in its attempts to comingle too many themes that individually merited more serious development. We are introduced to uptight artist Henry Chester whose young ward Effie is groomed as his model until at 17, she is married to her muc Leggi tutto
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