Arriving in the English countryside to live with her mother and new stepfather, Jenny has no interest in her surroundings, until she meets Tamsin. Since her death over 300 years ago, Tamsin has haunted the lonely estate without rest, trapped by a hidden trauma she can't remember, and a powerful evil even the spirits of night cannot name. To help her, Jenny must delve deepe...more
The house is haunted and inhabited by a ghost named Tamsin, who died more than 300 years ago. Jenny learns a lot about Tamsin and about the period of time she lived in. The story contains interesting historical snippets about the Bloody Assizes of 1685, the brutal and merciless Chief Justice Jeffries of Wem, the Monmouth Rebellion ag...more
Jenny Gluckstein is thirteen years old, and living with her divorced mother, a music teacher in New York, and visiting regularly with her father, an opera singer. She's a bit of a misfit at school, which most adolescents are, but she has two friends she spends a lot of time with, and she has a cat, Mister Cat.
Peter is, I think, one of the most under-recognized writers of our day. He writes books that change you; his craft is excellent. So far I've found in eac...more
When the title character finally enters th...more
The story is about a teenage girl who ends up moving with her mother and new step-family to an old farm in Dorset. As the stepfather struggles to make the farm a profitable home, the girl, Jenny, discovers that the place is h...more
I'm re-reading because I was watching Victorian farm from BBC and seeing them plowing the field reminded me of the stepfather who wanted to revive the soil in this Dorset farm.
It's getting better on re-reading. For one thing I can't believe I hadn't noticed so many other interesting character. I m...more
I will now elaborate on the top three annoying characters in descend...more
It's the supernatural life she turns up that holds the most interest, of course. The ghost story is tragic an...more
I was conquered and enchanted from the very first pages. I still remember what it meansto be 13, shy but bloody mind...more
Any illusions I had that this book would be...more
Tamsin herself and Miss Sophia Brown are very engaging and the interactions between the two girls and the two cats were just gorgeous. Judge Jeffreys is a villain who is a real historical figure and he...more
This gets off to a very slow start, and if it had been anyone but Peter Beagle, I certainly wouldn't have slogged through 45 pages of Jenny in New York whining. But once they get to England, things take off quickly, and the rest of the book is mostly as good as I could wish for -- though of course it's a pale light compared to The Last Unicorn.
Beagle presents ghost-hood in a way that is believable and original.
A tale of a 300-year old love story, of obsession and cruelty, of growing from child to mature adult.
Tamsin never reaches the delirious genius of Beagle's The Last Unicorn or The Innkeeper's Song, which is not to say it isn't a very fine book in its own right. Ghosts and mythical deus ex machina figure heavily in the plodding plot, but they're beside the point. The real appeal of the book is watching a rebellious NYC teenager come to love her stepfamily (intense T...more
This has got to be one of the most solid and complete fantasy stories that I have read.........well ever. Beagle left nothing unsaid or undone. His deliverance of the su...more
I suppose that might be the part of the first person narrative I didn't like so much - Jenny is VERY apologetic. I am okay with that, but she gets repetitive. Maybe she could just tell it like it was a bit more and do all of her apologi...more
It’s a simple story: Jenny, a girl from New York, and her mother go to live with her mother’s new husband and his family in a run-down Dorset manor. Jenny reacts to this in the way most 13 year olds would, but begins to warm to her new home as she makes new friends, supernatural or otherwise. At the heart of the book is her friendship with Tamsin, a 300 year old ghost still haunting the property fo...more
I have to admit, however, that this book didn't quite live up to my expectations (set high, recently, by 'The Inkeeper's Song' and a couple of Beagle's short stories.
A rebellious teenager, Jenny, is reluctantly transplanted from NYC to the English countryside. She's got a new stepfamily to deal with, and a deal of culture shock - but she's quickly distracted by the fact that the crumbling old manor house she's stuck in is haunted. The ghost is Tamsin, a young woman who died...more