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The Time Of The Ghost
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The unnamed, bodiless narrator knows only two things: that she is one of four sisters, and that there's been a terrible accident. She follows the sisters around, trying to discover which one she is, and finds more questions than answers. Where is middle sister Sally? What does the Worship of Monigan--a funny game Cart, the oldest sister, made up that has sinister undertones--have to do with her present cond ...more
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Our hero here is a ghost. She's not sure why she's a ghost, or who she is, but she senses something's wrong, and she has to fix it. She figures out that she's part of a family of 4 sisters, but isn't quite sure (for like _90%_ of the book) which sister she is.
The trick of a narrator who has to solve a mystery but who doesn't even know who she is blows my mind. How the author pu ...more
I agree that it is to a certain amount darker than her other books, a little more disturbing, too. I've ...more
I don’t know why. Maybe it is because she hasn’t really written many big series, apart from Chrestomanci and she can never be trusted to write them in chronological order either. Or maybe it’s because there’ ...more
But what makes this truly remarkable is the portrayal of the parents, some of the most appalling incompetent evil by neglect parents I ever read about in fiction - though truth being stranger and far more appalling than fiction it echoes media account of real life cases and DWJ´s recollections of her own, and her sisters´s childhoods.
Not sure how good i ...more
The Time of the Ghost is no exception to any of these rules. It's part mystery, part ghost story, part growing-up tale, part dark fantasy, and when ...more
The central story is about a family of sisters essentially raising themselves while their neglectful and abusive parents run a school. I have a feeling this might be somewhat autobiographical, but whatever the inspiration, the family is wonderfully idiosyncratic. The girls hate each ot ...more
The Time of the Ghost is a perplexing story, the main reason being the unreliability of the narrator who is a ghost. She doesn't know who she is. The only things that she's sure of are 1) an accident h ...more
Como lo encontré por la sección infantil de la biblioteca de mi barrio, me esperaba algo totalmente diferente y ha terminado siendo una historia algo más oscuras que a las que Wynne me tiene acostumbrada (no demasiado, sigue siendo un libro juvenil).
Para empezar, la protagonista es un fantasma, que no sabe exactamente quién es ni de qué ha muerto. Sabe que es una de las hermanas Melford, pero no exactamente cuál, y durante todo el libro intenta des ...more
ETA: It's also fascinating to look at reviews of DWJ's books. There's a group of readers out there who think that DWJ has to write a particular flavor of book in order for it to be "good". Thes ...more
It's been so long since I read this book that this was almost a fresh read. I do remember being confused the 1st time I read it because I didn't quite work out that the small things that the children gave to Monigan were meant to represent different things. What I mean is, Monigan cheated, and instead of only taking the items at face value, she also stole what they could represent. Monigan is greedy and will always to try and take whatever she can get. Will ...more
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them. ...more
This story is, like many other stories by DWJ, also about family: of four 'horrible sisters' who are neglected by their parents, who were too busy taking care of hordes of boys in their ...more
I like this a lot better now than I did as a kid. I can keep up with the time jumps better and I'm less emotionally dependent on the characters, which allows me to keep an eye out for th ...more
A spooky, endearing, bite-sized story of four neglected sisters who live at a boy's school that is run by their parents (telling this story now, in a post-Twilight boy-obsessed world, would be a very different beast...), with genuinely terrifying undertones. Monigan ...more
This book had a promising start. A girl comes to consciousness only to realize that she has no body, is invisible, and floats around. She doesn't know who she is or recognize her surroundings. Gradually, she gains knowledge of these things but as she encounters one after another ...more
A family of four girls whose parents run a boys school and ignore their own children to the point of abuse (when they aren't actually abusing them by hitting them and yelling at them), accidental...more
this is a tightly woven (of course), engaging (yes) story involving a ghost, time travel, an ancient evil, and four amazing sisters. jones' main strength, aside from her perfectly constructed and clever plotlines, is her ability to deftly draw the most realistic, ou ...more
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...