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A Book Of Ghosts

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Published (first published November 1st 1996)
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Bill  Kerwin

Sometimes, when I have finished a mediocre book, I try not to judge it too harshly, but instead to savor the pleasure of encountering the intelligent and amiable person who wrote it. Just as you might if you had conversed with an interesting old man on a train.

It is 1904. You are taking the train from London to Devon, and sharing the compartment with a clergyman in his late sixties, liberal in his beliefs, tolerant in his attitudes, and friendly and open in his manner. The two of you enjoy a lon
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Diamond Cowboy
Jan 07, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it liked it
I was not very impressed with this read. It left me bored. It was a book of some length with very boring uneventful ghost stories.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Juliet
Mar 20, 2013 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: classicish, reviewed
I can picture a parlour room on a cold, dark night, the occupants gathered round a roaring fire, ladies clutching lace handkerchiefs to trembling smiles as Baring-Gould nurses a generous brandy and tells another of his ghost stories.

By 21st Century standards, the tales are far from chilling, unless you find tales with a moral chilling in themselves. I found them charming, occasionally amusing, McAlister especially made me laugh, and on the whole an interesting sojourn into a bygone, more innocen
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G.R.
Sabine Baring-Gould was a man of numerous talents. He was an Anglican priest, a respected archaeologist, a folklorist, and one of the most prolific writers of both fiction and non-fiction of the Victorian era. There are more than twelve hundred publications listed in his bibliography, and his works enjoyed a substantial readership during the second half of the nineteenth century; he was considered one of the top ten novelists of his day. A contemporary provincial newspaper said of him, 'There ...more
Timothy Ferguson
Jan 28, 2015 Timothy Ferguson rated it did not like it
Baring-Gould takes a lot of time to build up his stories, and so they require a little patience. Good, in the sense that each story has a single image that’s vivid and memorable, but a retelling would edit the book heavily. The comedic stories work better than the horrific, although some of his jokes are cobwebbed. For example the central joke of one story is that the Scots are a race of drunken misers, which can’t have been fresh as a joke even in his day, and is just kind of depressing in ...more
Stig
Quite a maddening book to review. As ghost stories go, most of these tales are not scary at all, nor are they particularly well written. There are, however, a handful of humourous stories here which are very fine, such as the tale of the ghost of a French waiter who is exorcised in typical Gallic fashion, or the story of a courting couple who are both haunted by the ghosts of their puritanical former partners - lovely resolution to that one!
Julia
Aug 21, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
Decent collection of turn-of-the-century ghost stories. Some of these stories are creepy, some are preachy, and some are downright funny (I'm thinking particularly of 'A Happy Release'). Very late Victorian. Worth the read for those of us who enjoy an old-fashioned story every once in a while.
Pat
Oct 25, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not very scary, but many charming stories of the Victorian Era. Some tales unfortunately displayed Victorian prejudices.
Indranil Banerjie
Aug 30, 2014 Indranil Banerjie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Easy reading. The stories are more moralistic than scary but kept me absorbed. The author was an Anglican priest who wrote reams of fiction.
Græme Ravenscroft
Sep 26, 2015 Græme Ravenscroft rated it liked it
Kind of fun. Not nearly as chilling as more modern stories, which is to be expected for the late Victorian era. The good Reverend's prose is florid, as usual. Still, I enjoyed it!
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Sabine Baring-Gould was born in the parish of St Sidwell, Exeter on 28 January 1834. The eldest son of Edward Baring-Gould and his first wife, Sophia Charlotte (née Bond), he was named after a great-uncle, the Arctic explorer Sir Edward Sabine.Because the family spent much of his childhood travelling round Europe, most of his education was by private tutors. He only spent about two years in formal ...more
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