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La notte degli innocenti

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  8,158 Ratings  ·  1,240 Reviews
Tolosa, 1933. Sembra appena tornato alla vita il giovane che varca la soglia del negozio di libri antichi in rue des Pénitents Gris. Occhi sgranati e attenti, come a voler registrare ogni minimo dettaglio intorno a sé; andatura lenta e cauta, come a gustarsi ogni singolo passo, quasi non desse per scontata nemmeno la terra sotto i suoi piedi. Ha con sé una lettera preziosa ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Piemme (first published January 6th 2010)
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Jul 15, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spookies, 2012-reads
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

Beautifully rendered ghost story that encapsulates grief better then any I have read in a long time. This tale of separation, loss and redemption is bittersweet to the very end. Author Kate Mosse's descriptive prose is lovely, and the story is haunting without being cliched. While I wasn't too impressed with her longer novel, Labyrinth, Mosse delivers an emotional knockout with this shorter work. Of added bonus is the ink drawings preceeding each chapter by Brian G
Jul 18, 2012 Meg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have created a new shelf in honor of this book, ie 'too painful to finish'. I tried for another 20 pages or so, but it is too awful for me to waste my time on. This is my review when about one-third through.

This story is so tediously over-written, that I am not sure I can finish it. The plot moves at a glacial pace with childish elaboration. As I finish reading several pages when almost nothing happens, I can't help but think of the few sentences that Elmore Leonard would have wrapped it up w
Jan 21, 2011 JackieB rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, general
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Nov 01, 2013 Damian Dubois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, favorites
The ideal setting to read a book concerning ghosts would be during the dead of winter, tucked up comfortably in an armchair in front of a warm cosy fire, while the wind outside howls through the eaves and the snow blankets the land outside.

For some reason I always manage to time my reading of ghost stories when the weather is unseasonably warm (for goodness sake, we're only a third of the way into spring and it's already stinking hot!) so the ideal mentioned above unfortunately fell by the waysi
Jan 29, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Freddie is haunted by the memory of his brother George, who lost his life during World War I. After years of sadness and a brief stint in a sanitarium Freddie journey's around France. When a snow storm leaves him with a broken car and lost in the mountains he winds up in the village of Nulle, Freddie finds a girl with a similar past who leads him to a monumental historical discovery.

The Winter Ghosts is a quick read, which is good because it will distract you from the lack of story it has. Mosse
This was a thoroughly enjoyable little story with plenty of atmosphere and intrigue. I've only read one other book by Kate Mosse - the readable but somewhat heavy-handed Sepulchre - and The Winter Ghosts was far better. Like Sepulchre, it reads rather like a YA novel, and I wasn't at all surprised to learn it's an expanded version of a previously published short story. But the characters are likeable, the plot grips, and Freddie's meeting with the mysterious Fabrissa and his subsequent discoveri ...more
Dec 31, 2010 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exquisite ghost story, well told, highly emotive, short and to the point. This one has a beautiful backdrop to it in southern France, a land of snow-clad mountains and icy forests. I'm not ashamed to admit it had me bawling at the end.

The various plot strands are neatly woven: the great sense of loss following the Great War; psychological grief; 14th century history; an atmospheric and subtle ghostly presence worthy of the best Victorian authors and even a little mystery here and there.

I'm pretty certain if this book was any longer I wouldn't have finished it. Saying that, it's strange that for such a short book, my main thought was that it needed a damn good edit. A short story may have worked, but as a novel it did nothing for me. There were some interesting ideas somewhere underneath all the waffle, but the execution was flawed and overall reading this was a bit of a drag. Many parts of the book turned out to be largely unnecessary to the only interesting part of the story, ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Felice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 288 pages? What is this a short story? The Winter Ghosts is a stand alone novel, not part of the series that ties Labyrinth and Sepulchre.Is Kate Mosse mad at me?

The Winter Ghosts starts like a classic spook tale with the arrival of a stranger. In 1928 Freddie Watson enters a bookshop in Toulouse clutching a letter written in a dead language. He then tells the shocked bookseller his story. Watson had not been able to get past his adored brother's death during WWI. After ten years of grievi
Elizabeth Sulzby
I found this brief novel about the Cathars' persecution in the 14th Century of France to be much more elegant and rewarding than The Labyrinth. I think Mosse uses the time shifting from the early 20th Century to the 14th century much more skillful and convincing. As with the Labyrinth, the caves allowed whole communities to hide from persecution and death--to a point. The main character has to resolve issues in his modern life with his grief for his brother who was killed in WWI, with his relati ...more
Paula Cappa
Jul 14, 2015 Paula Cappa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. The descriptions absolutely came to life on the page. This story of ghosts, love and romance, and the supernaturalism of the past leaking into the present (1933) is a fascinating one. Freddie is a charming and sympathetic character, deeply introspective, who stayed with me long after I closed the book. Hidden caves, mysterious images, and Mosse’s evocative prose made for a suspenseful read. This is not a scary ghost story, more melancholy and cerebral. I liked this novel far ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book more if it was a short story as opposed to a full length novel. Sadly, the length of this book seemed unnecessary to me, not enough was going on.
The Winter Ghosts felt more like a novella than a full novel: it was a very quick read. Mind you, I found Kate Mosse's other books to be very quick reads, too. It's funny, though, with her books -- I don't remember much of the plots, only the scenery therein, and the devices she used to tell the story (thankfully not in operation here, though it still feels a bit clumsy, of which more in a moment). I have a vague recollection of feeling comfortable, of curling up with the books with rain outside ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winter Ghosts is a ghost story, but is also a story on grief and its effects on the human mind and spirit. It's one of the best depictions of grief that I've ever read. It was hauntingly beautiful, and Kate Mosse's literary style of writing engaged me. Having worked as a mental health professional, I feel a special empathy when reading about those who have or who are experiencing mental illness symptoms. This book definitely stirred those feelings. I also loved the illustrations that accompanied ...more
Océano de libros
Año 1928. Freddie Watson sale de su reclusión en un sanatorio debido a la pérdida de su hermano George y se embarca en un viaje por los Pirineos franceses. Ese viaje terapéutico acaba en un accidente en el que se encontrará con una mujer misteriosa llamada Fabrissa y se adentrará en un mundo lleno de secretos.
Cuando te tienes que pensar mucho en qué puntuación le das a un libro es que el susodicho no ha cubierto tus expectativas. Y es que le veía posibilidades a este libro y más leyendo su sino
Mar 12, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it
"Ossa, ombra e polvere".
In queste tre evocative parole si può racchiudere il fulcro del romanzo, primo libro che leggo dell'autrice.
"La notte degli innocenti" non è solamente la storia dell'elaborazione di un lutto, bensì anche una suggestiva riflessione sul ricordo.
Ognuno di noi, oltre alla normalissima paura della morte, teme soprattutto di essere dimenticato.
Teme che, dopo il nostro passaggio, quello che rimanga siano solo ossa, ombra e polvere.
D'altro canto, chi è condannato a cercare un mot
Feb 05, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-edition
2 1/2 stars. Ten years after his brother, George, is killed in WWI, Freddie is still obsessing over him and his death. Entertaining thoughts of suicide, he travels alone to the Pyrenees, crashes his car, and ends up in a sad, isolated village. He meets a woman whom he instantly loves, and listens to her very disturbing story.

Yes, this ghost story has ghosts, a definite plus in my book. I don't understand Freddie's obsession with his brother, an obsession that causes him to be institutionalized.
Dec 12, 2009 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freddie's older brother died in action in WW1. Years later, Freddie is still mourning his loss whilst travelling through France. When he crashes his car in the middle of nowhere and happens upon a small village, he meets Fabrissa, a young woman also in mourning. They share their stories and Freddie finds out there is more to this woman than he originally thought...

This was an absorbing read. I was pulled in from the beginning and found myself captivated throughout. I'm new to Mosse's work and wi
May 10, 2011 Kalika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love ghost stories so I picked up this book with great expectations. Its a story about a man who has lost his brother in the first world war and is still trying to cope with the loss and the subsequent nervous breakdown. As he travels through the south-west of France, trying to overcome his grief, a car break down forces him to take shelter in a small silent village nearby. His promise to attend the annual festivities at the village square later that evening lead to mysteries, romance and adve ...more
1.5 rating, since there were one or two things I actually liked about this book. It is suffice to say that it was a load of sentimental bollocks. I would have given up on this book, only if I hadn't read and enjoyed Mosse's previous novels (see Labyrinth and Sepulchre). Also, it was a short read, so I thought I might as well finish it because I absolutely hate abandoning books half-way through.

Just like Hosseini in The Kite Runner, Mosse tries to over-sentimentalize the suffering and grief of h
Jan 06, 2014 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up this book against my better judgement, because I really didn't enjoy "Labyrinth" by Mosse, but I figured that this was short, so why not?

It was not very good. There was a good idea buried in here somewhere, but the execution was flawed. The main character drove me crazy. I mean, I get he was mourning, and I have no problem with that aspect of his personality, but he just really irked me. He turned into a babbling idiot for no discernible reason, and the actions he took made no r
The Winter Ghosts is the first book I have read by Kate Mosse. It is the story of Freddie, a Brit who lost his adored older brother George during WWI. It is 1928; Freddie is currently in France where he is involved in car crash in the snow, finds himself stumbling upon a little village, meeting a ghost, and discovering the secrets of a long lost mystery. This should make for a great read; however, it falls way short for me.

I didn't enjoy the musing of Freddie at all. Yes, he is a sympathetic cha
On the face of it, this is a great ghost story - were it not sent in rural France, I would have said it had a rather gothic feel to it. A lone man roaming through the wilderness after a car crash in a blizzard, stumbles upon an eerily quiet village before finding a guest house and realising that everything is not as it seems...Had it been nothing more, it would be great. As it happens, it was even better!

At less than 250 pages, I expected either a quick-fire story or a character study. I was ple
Dec 04, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosties
''The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they lived. They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do. The loss we grieve is not just their futures, but our own''

I brought The Winter Ghosts as one of my first ever e-books nearly two years ago, so I’ve no idea why I even choose it – I think because it sounded like a sad and intense story, set in France, which has always held a fascination for me.

The Winter Ghosts is a slow story, but it is the type of story tha
May 02, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Meh. Absolutely and utterly meh. Despite this being a mere slither of a book compared to her two whacking great tomes, Labyrinth and Sepulchre, this seemed to drag on and on. While I liked both those books well enough and paced through them pretty fast, it took me longer to read The Winter Ghosts than it should have just because it was a bit rubbish. And predictable. And saccharine.

Anyone with half a brain - a quarter of a brain, even! - will realise exactly what it is that is happening with ou
Charlotte Phillips
Ever since her first novel, Labyrinth, I have loved Kate Mosse's novels. I found her second one a little difficult to get into so when my grandma gave me a voucher to get this one for a cheap price, I was a litte sceptical as to whether it would be a worthy read, or just another one of those authors who have a one hit wonder and then never ever seem to get another one quite the same. It was a short and simple book but it was intriguing and it really seemed to have a lot of expression and histori ...more
Hayley Bezorudko-chyrykalov
Being that I'm a huge fan of gothic literature, I was excited to find "The Winter Ghosts" in my neighborhood bookstore. Although I usually am a bit jaded when it comes to reading contemporary authors (dedicating my undergraduate degree to English Literature has most assuredly made me a snob), I figured that the USA Today quote stamped on the cover: "This classically haunting novel...will chill the blood of the most jaded mystery fan" deemed it worth a shot. Ok, I tried. Although Mosse is a skill ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
The story starts in an antique bookshop, with a parchment letter than a man wants translating. When the bookseller asks where he found it the man recounts his story.

Ten years after the end of World War I, Freddie is travelling through France to rest and recover after a bout of illness. He travels to the foot of the Pyrenees and suffers a car accident almost going over the edge of the road. He manages to make his way to a village, where he secures a room. The patron tells him about a local festiv
Feb 19, 2015 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful re-working of Mosse's short story The Cave, this work is both poignant and relevant as we continue to see wars fought the world over. Set in 1933 in the aftermath of the Second World War we follow Freddie Watson as he struggles to come to terms with the lose of his brother during the battle that pre-empted the Battle of the Somme. As he struggles with his grief, his doctor recommends a trip around the south of France, away from all the memories, memorials and general feelings of war. ...more
Tara Chevrestt
The first quarter of this novel...zzzzzzz. What a bad start. We meet Freddie. He has spent time in the looney bin and it's not surprising. When he was a young boy, his older brother went off to fight in the Great War and died. For some reason, ten years later, TEN YEARS.. Freddie can't get over it. He still sees George. He thinks about George constantly. Every other page has a George thought, witticism, or memory. Are you sick of hearing about George yet? I got sick of reading George this, Georg ...more
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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate’s new novel, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is out now.
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