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Ostensibly a ghost story, The Library Window is also an exploration of what is real and what is not, or, as the author says, A Story of the Seen and Unseen. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 5.5-by-8.5-inch format by Waking Lion Press.
Paperback, 76 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Classic Books Library (first published 1896)
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Laura
Aug 08, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hannah, Wanda
Recommended to Laura by: Karen
I loved this novella written by Mrs. Oliphant. It reminds me in some way, Proust's style of writing with very long paragraphs but still keeping our attention into the plot.

A magnificent book which was kindly recommended by Karen, I really appreciate.
Bonnie Jean Michalski
Three for the Coffer that We Might Yet Give Light


i. Supernatural Fiction

The spent
summer; importance
a life of Saturday nights’
harsh withdraw.

Though tolerant,
Aunt Mary and Pitmilly
(mind-friends)
recess some

contrasted opinion.
Light: throwing,
looking. Light:
looking, throwing.


ii. Aeolian harp

Again her story’s girl
drawing Oliphant, Oliphant’s

historical Lady Carnbee,
Lady Carnbee-Oliphant.

“as we love to see them,
the personages of her narrative.”

Aid and seize ghost-like.
Explicit diction; Aeolian, Scottish
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Althea Ann
A teenage girl, on an extended visit to her aunt's in Scotland, becomes obsessed by looking out at a window across the way - a window no one but her is convinced is more than a clever bit of trompe l'oeil. The more she looks, the more she seems to see... and all her aunt's elderly friends cluck in concern as if they know more than they're telling...
This ghost story is exceptional - it truly captures the mental state of a lonely, bookish young person, and although quietly told, creates an effect
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Daniel Apatiga
I liked this novelette because it has magic realism and was a precursor perhaps to the fantasy genre. The novelette most closely reminds me of the Harry Potter series, because, even though Nel is looking through a kind of magical window, the library window makes me think of the paintings on the wall that had moving figures who would sometimes stay still and sometimes not. At some point during the story, I thought Nel was going to die like in Erl Konig (when the little boy who was hallucinating d ...more
Anthony
19th century ghost story set in a library, so fun. the narrator is reading a book for most of the first section so she's only barely paying attention to the events she is narrating--a fantastic study of peripheries
Ashley Hayden
A wonderful short story to read on a rainy day whilst snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate and a duvet. Simply amazing!
Carla
A nice little psychological/supernatural novella--a good evening's read!
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Margaret Oliphant Oliphant (née Margaret Oliphant Wilson) was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs. Oliphant.

Oliphant, during an often difficult life, wrote more than 120 works, including novels, books of travel and description, histories, and volumes of literary criticism.
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