Hundreds Hall, l'antica dimora di campagna della famiglia Ayres: varcarne i cancelli dopo trent'anni è un momento di grande trepidazione per il dottor Faraday, lui che ancora bambino, nel lontano 1919, ne aveva ammirato con occhi sgranati lo sfarzo e lo splendore. Quel passato, tuttavia, è ormai un vago ricordo: i suoi abitanti ? la vedova del Colonnello Ayres e i figli Roderick e Caroline ? sono, infatti, impegnati in una disperata battaglia per salvare dalla rovina se stessi e la casa. Ma proprio quest'ultima sembra gettare le ombre più funeste sul futuro: stanze che di colpo diventano trappole, pareti da cui emergono sussurri malevoli e segni inquietanti, un devastante incendio notturno? chi, o che cosa, c'è dietro questi eventi? Quale mistero grava sul destino degli Ayres? Ma, soprattutto, fino a che punto si spingerà la minaccia? Giunta al suo quinto romanzo, la Waters si confronta con un classico tra i generi letterari, la ghost story, e da grande autrice quale è lo rinnova, assottigliando il confine tra sovrannaturale e psicopatologico. Di consueto c'è solo la sua maestria narrativa, con cui restituisce il quadro raffinato e puntuale di un mondo drammaticamente sospeso tra passato e presente, dove le paure umane prendono pericolosamente forma, e dove, in un crescendo lento ma inesorabile di sinistra tensione, la voce della ragione appare sempre più un debole appiglio di fronte ai ricordi, ai desideri e alle pulsioni represse che travolgono le menti dei protagonisti, e con loro il lettore.
- ISBN: 8862200838
- Casa Editrice: Ponte alle Grazie
- Pagine: 540
If you are looking for a traditional horror novel, you won't find it in The Little Stranger . This book is not a variant on The Shining that just happens to be set in post-WWII Britain: it is essentially historical fiction that happens to have a touch of the supernatural about it. And as historical f Leggi tutto
sigh. i tried to read this slowly and still finished it in two days. i suck. but i can't help it - she writes so well, and her stories are so damn compelling; the pages virtually turn themselves. but sorry, ladies, no lesbians this time. i never thought i would see the day. what else is sarah waters Leggi tutto
Departing from her preferred 19th century context, as she did in her last book The Night Watch , Sarah Waters sets her latest novel in post-World War II Warwickshire and tries her hand at an Old Dark House, Haunted-Or-Is-It story in the Jamesian tradition of subtle, ambiguous psychological chillers ( Leggi tutto
Dr. Faraday is called over to Hundreds Hall on summer day when someone on the estate falls ill. While there he strikes up a friendship with the family and in the coming months is pulled into their problems. Hundreds Hall is said to be haunted and as the months pass by it becomes more and more confus Leggi tutto
Any reader of Fingersmith will know how Sarah Waters drags the old tricks of ancient fiction out of retirement and makes them dance for us again. There it was Dickens and Wilkie Collins; here its Henry James and his Turn of the Screw, The Fall of the House of Usher , and any number of novels and movi Leggi tutto
This review is going to be like one of those fridge poetry thingymabobs because I'm tired and coherency isn't a top priority of mine right now. Here are some words and phrases that came to my mind after finishing this book, in no particular order. Atmospheric | Subtle| DON'T LOOK THROUGH THE KEYHOLE! Leggi tutto
"I first saw Hundreds Hall when I was ten years old. It was the summer after the war, and the Ayreses still had most of their money then, were still big people in the district… I recall most vividly the house itself, which struck me as an absolute mansion. I remember its lovely ageing details: the w Leggi tutto
The one thing I’ve learned from reading my first two Sarah Waters novels ( Tipping the Velvet and The Paying Guests ) is the value of patience. She starts things slowly, building character and the environment with deliberate care and copious detail. Plot is secondary, and it can take awhile for the en Leggi tutto
I was quite torn about how to rate this book and went between 2 and 3 stars. I love most of Waters' books. I loved Tipping the Velvet and Affinity was a great ghost story, but this book was like her other book Night Watch-long, drawn-out and left me wondering what the point was. Faraday, the main ch Leggi tutto
3.75 Stars → I've had THE LITTLE STRANGER on my wish list for years, so I decided to use an Audible credit and listen to it in October. The audio was narrated by Simon Vance, and I enjoyed his performance very much. I love his voice - first heard him when I listened to BRING UP THE BODIES (which was Leggi tutto
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