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
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
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
Peter Beagle's "Tamsin" is pure magic.
This is a book that I never would have picked up and bought on my own. Being both a male and an official Old Fart leaves me diametrically opposed to most of the people who have posted reviews previously; the story of a teenaged girl meeting a gh...more
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
I was conquered and enchanted from the very first pages. I still remember what it meansto be 13, shy but bloody mind...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.
Tamsin turns out to be quite a bit different from anything else I've read of Beagle's - it's set in the present day and is told in the first person. There's still lots of magic, but you're seeing it all through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl who is as equally...more
This is a story about Jenny, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, who is whisked away to a run-down estate in Dorset when her mom marries a British guy. Just like that, she's got a new country, two new brothers and a whole new set of problems. Because this farm is haunted by the ghost of a young woman (and her cat) who died 300 years ago. The my...more
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.
On the whole, I liked this (I'm sure Mr. Beagle is relieved to hear it). Jenny's misery and self-aware sulkiness are well-conveyed, with...more
I had no expectations for "Tamsin"; I bought it because I wanted to read something by Peter Beagle, and this was the only novel by him that the bookstore had. For all I know, I could have been spending $5 on the worst novel ever written. Luckily, "Tamsin" turned out to be the opposite.
Jenny is a 13-year-old girl from Manhattan who suddenly finds herself living on...more
Peter Beagle has the ability to put so much depth into his characters that once the story is ended, one misses these imaginary people, ghosts, cats, that live in his stories....more
Tamsin is an absolutely delicious read, a beguiling mixture of modern life (dealing with step-siblings, drugs, and pimples) and magic.
The start is so frank and down-to-Earth that it makes the mysterious and magical events later in the book completely believable. It makes you think that if you just looked around more carefully you could spot the mystic things in every life.
I also love that many of the characters in the book, like the Pooka and the Boggart, are neither good nor evil,...more
It's the supernatural life she turns up that holds the most interest, of course. The ghost story is tragic an...more
As a ghost story, this book had everything I wanted. Rambling creaky house, a move to Britain, and ghosty friend. I wanted to be whisked away to Britain to live out on the countryside and play with ghosties and a pooka and supernatural creatures that are of course littered about the English countryside.
Then the investigation into the ghost murder s...more
Any illusions I had that this book would be...more
The main character, Jenny, is uprooted from her home in New York to live in a ramshackle farm with her new blended family. She's endearing right away- overemotional but bluntly honest. The plot takes a while to get going and there's a heavy sprinkli...more