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Preview — Angelica by Arthur Phillips
From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on...more
The premise is this: Constance Barton, after two miscarriages, gave birth to a daughter whom she and her husband, Joseph, named Angelica. T...more
Phillips is a beautiful writer. I mean really, really good with creating textured sentences, mind-boggling prose. If I only had one-fifth of this guy's writing ability I'd be happy. So as far as just enjoying a wonderfully written piece of writing, this.is.it.folks.
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Alright, I persevered. I think a big part of the problem is that the bac...more
In Angelica, the talented Arthur Phillips (Prague, ***1/2 Nov/Dec 2002) pays homage to Henry James's famous ghost story, "The Turn of the Screw," but piles on multiple viewpoints to add maddening and obscure layers to the story. Reviewers loved the way Phillips tackles Freudian issues and shows how men and women process the same narrative differently. His pacing may strike some as slow__it is a Victorian novel, after all__but it yields a chilling, surprising tale of great psychological depth. "R...more
It's a ghost story. Or is it? I can't possibly say after having read the whole thing.
One good thing about the book is that it's told in four parts, each focusing on the same story through the perspective of each of the four main characters. That in itself could have been pretty interesting if it weren't fo...more
This was agony to get through. I appreciated the unique viewpoints but all of the characters were deplorable. I simply could not get "into" it without a single likable character. It's not just that they were not likable, I really tried to like them, and ended up detesting them all. I found myself yelling a...more
Intelligently written with strong doses of scepticism and dark humour, this...more
Aaaahh ! Je suis encore toute pantelante quand je repense à ce roman achevé cette nuit seulement. Le résumé est excellent, il en dit juste assez mais ne dévoile rien, tout en restant honnête. Les amateurs du Tour d'écrou d'Henry James ne pourront que se pâmer, car Arthur Phillips, auteur inconnu à mon bataillon, signe là une pure merveille psychologique qui en a bien des aspects. Le livre se découpe en quatre chapitres, de longueur inégale, consacrés chacun à l'un de...more
That is worthy of Rowling. The writing here is potent, nuanced, layered and complex. The examination of the events portrayed is most detailed, and the introspection is deftly-done and solid.
"Memories are injected after the fact with subsequent wisdom. Their younger se...more