Florence and Giles
A sinister Gothic tale in the tradition of The Woman in Black and The Fall of the House of Usher
1891. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself - and narrates this, her story - in a unique language of her own...more
Many links to The Turn of the Screw, Poe, Wilkie Collins and other classics of the genre - but Harding still manages to create something 'all its own'.
This is enchanting and humorous with wonderfully drawn characters. But, ultimately, it is a very disturbing novel with a ghastly 'turn of the screw'.
Now doesn’t that sound like Flora and Miles?
Is it a coincidence, or are the two pairs of names connected?
Well no, it isn’t a coincidence. And yes, the names are connected. But not as you may think.
If one is a true story then the other would be a variation on that story far from the truth as it has been told, misheard, distorted, embellished so many times.
Or, I like to think, neither is a whole truth. Both are distortions of another story that has never been told.
A única ordem que os criados têm é de não ensinar Florence a ler, pedido esse feito pelo seu tutor, um tio que a criança nunca conheceu.
No entanto, a curiosidade da jovem Florence pelo conhecimento leva-a a descobrir a biblioteca existente...more
Imagine, if you will, an old mansion in New England. It is 1891 and Blithe House's sole inhabitants are young orphans, 12 year old Florence and...more
While reading this, a lot of questions nagged me at the back of my mind which leads to many disturbing speculations. At first I really thought that Florence's actions and reactions towards all the events around her are purely driven by her protective instinct for her little brother. However, her overprotectiveness has a suspicious edge to it up until a point where I have already doubted her true intenti...more
In genere, nelle recensioni, parto sempre dall'analisi del testo/trama per poi passare a copertina, prezzo e tutti gli altri elementi puramente fisici e collaterali. In questo caso, diversamente, partirò dall'esterno del romanzo per poi addentrarmi nella trama affinchè possiate comprendere perché giudico questo romanzo compless...more
This is the story of Florence and Giles, two orphaned children living with their estranged uncle in a vast,...more
The story is narrated by Florence, who is self-educated and as a result has her own singular use of language which gives the book a beautiful flow. From day to day details to the heights of tension, the language employed gives the book an...more
This world is threatened when Giles returns home and a new governess, Miss Taylo...more
Florence had such a unique style of narration. At first I did think that it was a little annoying/confusing, but after awhile I got into it; it didn't bother me at all, and I could easily understand what she was talking about.
I loved the way that Florence handled things on her own, there were no adults around that she could totally rely on (or convince to believe her stor...more
credo che John Harding abbia le idee un tantino confuse, perché sinceramente non saprei come definire il romanzo: narrativa? (no, ci sono elementi paranormali); paranormale? (no, sono elementi troppo deboli e mal sviluppati); giallo? (nì, ma anche qui è piuttosto debole).
Insomma, un gran miscuglio di tanti elementi ma sviluppati in maniera veramente carente.. Ad un certo punto non sapevo più dove volesse andare a parare!
The events starts out slow, somehow establishing the basic descriptions of Florence's surroundings as well as her relationships with others. It was later on that I realised and begin to...more
I haven't read The Turn of the Screw but I have seen The Innocents, though that was maybe 15 years ago and I don't remember much in any case. So to me...more
Florence, our narrator, is an instantly likeable enigma, with her own take on...more
In fact, it's something of a page turner - especially after the first 80-pages or so, when the replacement governess -...more
I recommend reading this alongside the original inspiration, 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry Jame...more
Orphans 12 year old Florence, and her younger brother, Giles are abandoned by their guardian, and left in the care of servants, in a crumbling Gothic manor house, in New England.When Florence is banned an education by her mysterious guardian, she teaches herself to read by visiting the forbidden library, and develops her own unique language. Fiercely protective of her brother, Florence senses a malevolent spirit pervading the character of their...more
Harding always weaves an enjoyably readable tale though this time his 12 year old girl narrator sometimes veers to the contrived as he made verbs from adjectives and nouns. For example, "I tired all the way home" or "Downstairing as quickl...more
I cannot describe the story without spoiling it, but all is not as it seems; who is the new governess? Are strang...more
|Can we really trust Florence's perception of events?||7||64||Mar 07, 2014 07:56AM|
|Who was Miss Taylor?||3||64||Mar 07, 2014 06:58AM|
|Lush Library: Florence and Giles -- SPOILER thread||17||35||Apr 26, 2012 07:13AM|
|Lush Library: Florence and Giles -- Progress and Non-Spoiler Thread||21||21||Apr 16, 2012 11:12AM|
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'You may not,' She inserted another cake into her mouth and chewed it so angrily I all but felt sorry for it. When it was finally dead she turned and fixed me a look, as though she were a scientist and I some kind of bug she was microscoping.”