Florence and Giles
A sinister Gothic tale in the tradition of The Woman in Black and The Fall of the House of Usher
1891. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself - and narrates this, her story - in a unique language of her own...more
I thought that sort of…moreI loved Florence as the narrator, but I thought her 'own language' was pointless, annoying and added nothing to the story.
I thought that sort of effect was more successfully done in other novels, e.g. Snake Ropes by Jess Richards.(less)
I gave it 4 stars because the beginning was a bit tedious but after a while it gets dark and sinister and so gripping you simply cannot put it down..Being a gothic lover (Poe, Stoker, Shelley, Walpole) I soon realized this one was right down my alley!
Imagine, if you will, an old mansion in New England. It is 1891 and Blithe House's sole inhabitants are young orphans, 12 year old Florence and ...more
Many links to The Turn of the Screw, Poe, Wilkie Collins and other classics of the genre - but Harding still manages to create something 'all its own'.
This is enchanting and humorous with wonderfully drawn characters. But, ultimately, it is a very disturbing novel with a ghastly 'turn of the screw'.
Now doesn’t that sound like Flora and Miles?
Is it a coincidence, or are the two pairs of names connected?
Well no, it isn’t a coincidence. And yes, the names are connected. But not as you may think.
If one is a true story then the other would be a variation on that story far from the truth as it has been told, misheard, distorted, embellished so many times.
Or, I like to think, neither is a whole truth. Both are distortions of another story that has never been told.
John Harding’s ...more
Why won't I review this? This is one of the best Gothic books I have ever read. 2014. This book made me feel all sorts of things.
I mean, I don't get it. I'd gladly review desultory and horrendously written books like The Other Boleyn Girl, though that review was so much fun to write, but not this book which I genuinely loved and is arguably one of my favorite novels. Look at its cover.
The ending and the very last words will have you ashiver. And already have its sequel ready to go, just waitin ...more
What a complete load of rubbish.
I had such high expectations of this book. The front cover lured me in with that creepy face at the window. From the blurb I was expecting a haunting, Victorian-style ghost story, perfect for reading on cold evenings with a hot chocolate.
Sadly, what I got was utter drivel. I appreciate the writing style was deliberately different with the made up words and switcheroo of traditional sentences. It did get right on my tits, but I could have let it go were the story ...more
This is the story of Florence and Giles, two orphaned children living with their estranged uncle in a vast, ...more
While reading this, a lot of questions nagged me at the back of my mind which leads to many disturbing speculations. At first I really thought that Florence's actions and reactions towards all the events around her are purely driven by her protective instinct for her little brother. However, her overprotectiveness has a suspicious edge to it up until a point where I have already doubted her true intent ...more
Twelve year old Florence, and her younger brother Giles, live at Blyth under the guardianship of their uncle who they have never met. Giles is reached school age and I sent off to boarding school, leaving Florence alone in the sprawling mansion with only the help to keep her company. Florence has been forbidden to be taught to read or write, ...more
Florence, our narrator, is an instantly likeable enigma, with her own take on ...more
Florence had such a unique style of narration. At first I did think that it was a little annoying/confusing, but after awhile I got into it; it didn't bother me at all, and I could easily understand what she was talking about.
I loved the way that Florence handled things on her own, there were no adults around that she could totally rely on (or convince to believe her stor ...more
My only beef with it was that occasionally the original language became a bit overbearing and I kept wanting to correct it.
Also, Florence is one scary child. >_>
I had intended this as a Halloween read breaking away from my routine of SFF books. This book is inspired from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
Neglected by their guardian uncle, orphaned Florence lives along with her step-brother Giles in a remote and old mansion around the late 19th century. After the sudden death of their governess, a second teacher arrives - Miss Taylor; and along with her comes certain mysterious phenomena. Florence suspects her to b ...more
Read April 2015
I just love a good old-fashioned, hair gripping, prickles on the back of your neck, Gothic thriller! And, this gem by John Harding certainly delivers.
We begin in a great old mansion in New England in 1891. Twelve year old Florence and her little brother, Giles, live in complete isolation here with just a few loyal servants to care for the children. Their parents died years before, and the children are being ‘raised’ (I use that word ...more
I was so excited by the blurb for this novel, The Turn of the Screw is one of my favourite stories so anything in the same vain is sure to be a winner, right? Wrong. Florence seems incapable of actual speech. Despite a heavy handed suggestion from Harding (for it was clearly a writers suggestion and not Florence's) that Shakespeare's ability to make up words was amazing and our heroine wishes to do the same adding 'ery' to the end of word ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Fiction - In the 1900s, young girl and brother go live w/ relatives. Creepy nanny/teacher arrives, plans to secretly take the brother away. [s]||5||27||Jun 02, 2018 05:49PM|
|The Girl Who Couldn't Read||2||4||Apr 04, 2018 09:19AM|
|The Gothic Novel ...: Florence and Giles||7||20||Apr 03, 2016 06:24AM|
|SPOILERS! What really happened with her father and stepmother?||5||50||Oct 04, 2015 06:42AM|
|Who was Miss Taylor?||4||120||Aug 13, 2015 09:15PM|
|Can we really trust Florence's perception of events?||7||99||Mar 07, 2014 07:56AM|