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[Read by Simon Vance]
In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother's drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola's chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery -- or will they bring about his untimely death, as they seem to foretell? -- Harwood's astonishing, assured debut shows us just how dangerous family skeletons--and stories--can be.
Review: The Cornish prayer: "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!" is an appropriate invocation when reading The Ghost Writer, John Harwood’s debut novel. It is a rousing good ghost story, with many twists and turns, rather like taking apart a Russian matryoshka nesting doll.
Gerard Freeman, at age ten, sneaks into his mother's room and unlocks a secret drawer, only to find a picture of a woman he has never seen before, but one that he will find again and again. His mother discovers him and gives him the beating of his life. Why this excessive reaction? She is a worried, paranoid, thin, and fretful type with an "anxious, haunted look." By tale's end, we know why.
Phyllis Freeman, Gerard's mother, was happiest when speaking fondly of Staplefield, her childhood home, where there were things they "didn’t have in Mawson [Australia], chaffinches and mayflies and foxgloves and hawthorn, coopers and farriers and old Mr. Bartholomew who delivered fresh milk and eggs to their house with his horse and cart." It's the sort of childhood idyll that the timid and lonely Gerard believes in and longs for. He strikes up a correspondence with an English "penfriend," Alice Jessel, when he is 13 and a half, living in a desolate place with a frantic mother and a silent father. She is his age, her parents were killed in an accident and she has been crippled by it. She now lives in an institution, whose grounds she describes as much the way Staplefield looked. They go through young adulthood together, in letters only, thousands of miles apart, eventuallydeclaring their love for one another.
Interwoven with the narrative of Alice and Gerard's letters are real ghost stories, the creation of Gerard's great-grandmother, Viola. At first, they seem to be scary Victorian tales of the supernatural. Then, we see that they have a spooky way of mirroring, or preceding, events in real life, off the page. Gerard comes upon them, one by one, in mysterious ways, but clearly something, or someone, is leading him. The stories seem to implicate his mother in some nefarious goings-on, but the truth is far worse than Gerard imagines.
Any more would be telling too much. Turn on all the lights in the house when you settle down with this one, and plan to spend a long time reading because you will be lost in the story immediately. --Valerie Ryan
Titolo: The Ghost Writer
Casa editrice: Harcourt
Data di pubblicazione: 2004
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR004543065
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Codice libro della libreria GOR005161424
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Codice libro della libreria GOR008628027
Descrizione libro Random House. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Codice libro della libreria G0224071130I3N00
Descrizione libro Harcourt. Paperback. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2749067771
Descrizione libro Harcourt, 2004. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP96793592
Descrizione libro Harcourt, 2004. Trade Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Softcover. Sound & good copy, light to moderate rubbing/edgewear to wraps, thumbing wear. Codice libro della libreria 905557n
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, U.S.A., 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Codice libro della libreria 7001544
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, UK, 2004. Softcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. First Edition. Available Now. Size: 21 x 13.6 x 3.4 cm. 384 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0224071130. ISBN/EAN: 9780224071130. Codice libro della libreria B240-1131
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, London, 2004. Softcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 374 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Edges browned slightly. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0224071130. ISBN/EAN: 9780224071130. Library of Congress No: 2004426563. Dewey Code: 823/.92 22. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: RB13143. Codice libro della libreria RB13143