Florence and Giles (Florence & Giles #1)
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
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I thought that sort of…moreI loved Florence as the narrator, but I thought her 'own language' was pointless, annoying and added nothing to the story.
I thought that sort of effect was more successfully done in other novels, e.g. Snake Ropes by Jess Richards.(less)
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.
John Harding’s ...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
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'.
This world is threatened when Giles returns home and a new governess, Miss Taylo ...more
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
This is the story of Florence and Giles, two orphaned children living with their estranged uncle in a vast, ...more
What a complete load of rubbish.
I had such high expectations of this book. The front cover lured me in with that creepy face at the window. From the blurb I was expecting a haunting, Victorian-style ghost story, perfect for reading on cold evenings with a hot chocolate.
Sadly, what I got was utter drivel. I appreciate the writing style was deliberately different with the made up words and switcheroo of traditional sentences. It did get right on my tits, but I could have let it go were the story ...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
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!
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
My only beef with it was that occasionally the original language became a bit overbearing and I kept wanting to correct it.
Also, Florence is one scary child. >_>
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
Si tratta di un libro molto particolare.
Non so neanche da dove cominciare a recensire, in realtà.
Inizio con il dire che questo titolo non ha nulla a che vedere con la storia vera e propria.
E' vero si parla di libri proibiti ma la biblioteca è soltanto un contorno.
Alla nostra protagonista, infatti, viene negata l'istruzione da parte di suo zio.
Non può imparare a leggere ed è proprio questo che la spinge a ribellarsi e ad acculturarsi da autodidatta, di nascosto, all'insaputa della governant ...more
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I just love a good old-fashioned, hair gripping, prickles on the back of your neck, Gothic thriller! And, this gem by John Harding certainly delivers.
We begin in a great old mansion in New England in 1891. Twelve year old Florence and her little brother, Giles, live in complete isolation here with just a few loyal servants to care for the children. Their parents died years before, and the children are being ‘raised’ (I use that word ...more
Florence, our narrator, is an instantly likeable enigma, with her own take on ...more
I was so excited by the blurb for this novel, The Turn of the Screw is one of my favourite stories so anything in the same vain is sure to be a winner, right? Wrong. Florence seems incapable of actual speech. Despite a heavy handed suggestion from Harding (for it was clearly a writers suggestion and not Florence's) that Shakespeare's ability to make up words was amazing and our heroine wishes to do the same adding 'ery' to the end of word ...more
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