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Florence and Giles

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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,874 ratings  ·  442 reviews
1891. In a crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence and her younger brother Giles are neglected by their guardian uncle. Banned from reading, Florence devours books in secret, and twists words and phrases into a language uniquely her own.

After the violent death of the children’s first governess, a second arrives. Florence becomes convinced she is a vengef
Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by The Borough Press (first published 2010)
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Karen They are 2 completely separate stories, so it does not really matter which is first. However, the way the language is created is the same in both…moreThey are 2 completely separate stories, so it does not really matter which is first. However, the way the language is created is the same in both books, so the one you read second, you will understand quicker.(less)
Janine I 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…more
I 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)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
This brief horror homage is a bit like one of those unusual appetizers they bring out at froo-froo restaurants. What are they called? Amuse-bouches. It is perhaps not anything that you would like to eat as an entire meal, and maybe not even something that, before that moment, you had contemplating even putting in your mouth, but now that the moment is on you, it's sort of interesting-looking and hey, it can only last so long, right? And sometimes it turns out to be an aerosolized shellfish on a ...more
April Cote
A two and a half star. This one pissed me off. I was so bored in the beginning I almost abandoned it. Around chapter 10 it picked up pace and the thrills got going. Murder, possible kidnapping, a witch, mysterious persons who are only spoken of but never gets you curious and excited! Yes!! The story is getting good! You get to the last chapter and you think, I will finally get all the answers to all the mystery!! You keep reading...and here it is the end is near! And it's.....A BI ...more
A great gothic novel!

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!
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave up smoking on 8th December 2008 and I must admit that I occasionally miss that nicotine kick but every now and then a great book comes along which replicates that surge to the brain! Indeed, Florence and Giles is such a book - I heard about it by chance via Twitter, saw the cover, heard the words gothic, Henry James, Poe and I was off like a shot.

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
Essie Fox
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this clever, chilling gothic novel narrated by the uniquely voiced 12 year old Florence.

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'.
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Florence and Giles?

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
Asghar Abbas
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I 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 waiting
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance
Florence é inteligente, solitária e amante de livros. Giles, seu meio-irmão, é ingénuo, influenciável e muito imaturo. Estas duas crianças estão sozinhas, praticamente abandonadas à sua sorte e cuidadas por criados que pouco conhecem a história da sua família.
A única ordem que os criados têm é de não ensinar Florence a ler, pedido esse feito pelo seu tutor, um tio que a criança nunca conheceu.
No entanto, a curiosidade da jovem Florence pelo conhecimento leva-a a descobrir a biblioteca existente
Debora M | Nasreen
Sinceramente, cosa c'è di peggio di un libro brutto? Semplice, un bel libro rovinato dall'inettitudine dell'autore e da una campagna pubblicitaria completamente forviante.

In genere, nelle recensioni, parto sempre dall'analisi del testo/trama per poi passare a copertina, prezzo e tutti gli altri elementi puramente fisici e collaterali. In questo caso, diversamente, partirò dall'esterno del romanzo per poi addentrarmi nella trama affinchè possiate comprendere perché giudico questo romanzo compless
Amy Westgarth
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?
La prima reazione appena finito il libro è stata: "MAH". La seconda pure.
credo che John Harding abbia le idee un tantino confuse, perché sinceramente non saprei come definire il romanzo: narrativa? (no, ci sono elementi paranormali); paranormale? (no, sono elementi troppo deboli e mal sviluppati); giallo? (nì, ma anche qui è piuttosto debole).
Insomma, un gran miscuglio di tanti elementi ma sviluppati in maniera veramente carente.. Ad un certo punto non sapevo più dove volesse andare a parare!
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was my hallowe'en read for the year, and I did get rather excited at the prospect of a 'Poe' meets 'The Turn of the Screw', but it really wasn't to be. While the concept is firmly rooted in the Gothic tradition (thanks to it being almost a re-write of the illustrious, aforementioned title by Henry James) it really does lack in the 'scare factor' that it so promises on the back cover.

This is the story of Florence and Giles, two orphaned children living with their estranged uncle in a vast,
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Si tratta di un libro molto particolare.
Non so neanche da dove cominciare a recensire, in realtà.
Inizio con il dire che questo titolo non ha nulla a che vedere con la storia vera e propria.
E' vero si parla di libri proibiti ma la biblioteca è soltanto un contorno.
Alla nostra protagonista, infatti, viene negata l'istruzione da parte di suo zio.
Non può imparare a leggere ed è proprio questo che la spinge a ribellarsi e ad acculturarsi da autodidatta, di nascosto, all'insaputa della governant
Florence and Giles are two orphans who live at Blithe House, their absent guardian’s mansion. After the untimely death of their governess, another teacher, Miss Taylor, arrives and strange things begin to happen, but only Florence seems aware of these events. The girl starts to think that Miss Taylor is not a real governess and that she arrived at their house with a clear plan in her mind: to kidnap Giles and leave with him. Can a twelve-year-old girl save his brother without the help of anybody ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very intriguing and chilling novel! This is totally new to me and I love every part of it.

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 intenti
Blablabla Aleatório
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nubia
Quando li sobre este livro a primeira vez, devido ao título do mesmo, pensei que o foco da história seria na relação de Florence, a protagonista, com os livros… mas, é como digo, as traduções dos títulos muitaz vezes deixam a desejar e podem nos levar à conclusões errôneas. Qual a lógica em traduzir o título original Florence and Giles para A Menina Que Não Sabia Ler? Sim, há a relação de Florence com os livros e isso de certa forma influencia a história, mas mais do que isso o livro é um romanc ...more
Chicco Padovan
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New England, 1891. Gli orfani Florence e Giles, dodici e dieci anni, fratelli da parte di padre, vivono con la servitù nella grande tenuta di campagna dello zio, sempre assente per affari. Trascurati da tutti, i due bambini crescono nel modo più diverso. Florence si abbandona al piacere proibito della lettura (lo zio non ritiene opportuno che una ragazza riceva un’istruzione), mentre Giles gioca tutto il giorno da solo, privo di stimoli di alcun tipo. Tutto procede normalmente, fino all’arrivo d ...more
Beth The Vampire
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Florence and Giles is an interesting tale of gothic horror that has an excelled protagonist, but whose ghostly elements are a minimum and plot was very thin.

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,
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahle knížka mě mátla od úplného začátku až do konce. Na začátku to vypadalo jako typická young-adult kniha - hlavní hrdinka, dvanáctiletá holka, sirotek, pak se tam přimotá nápadník a záchrana bratříčka... Pak z toho najednou bylo cosi hororově gotického, prostě tak trochu Edgar Allan Poe, a říkala jsem si, že to asi nebude moc povedený. A nakonec mi to naprosto vyrazilo dech, protože se to překlopilo v mrazivou metaforu. Nevím, co si o téhle knížce myslet, jsem zmatená, ale za ten nečekaný zvr ...more
Georgiana 1792
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Martin Belcher
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Florence and Giles is a very old fashioned chilling tale in the style of "The Turn of the Screw". Our setting is Blithe, a large house in New England during the last years of the 19th Century, Florence and her step brother Giles live at Blithe along with Mrs Grouse, the Housekeeper and the house staff, Mary, John and Meg. Orphaned at an early age, Florence and Giles are neglected by their guardian Uncle, who spends most of his time in New York City. Florence is forbidden to read and instead enco ...more
Josh Alliston
Florence & Giles by John Harding is a tale of isolation, fear, madness and risen spirits. It is simultaneously a classic ghost story and a modern psychological thriller, with a truly unique narrator. What at first seems to be a fairly standard story of a lonely child living a secluded life in a haunted house soon turns into an intriguing, compelling, spine-tingling and original story that is impossible to put down.

Florence, our narrator, is an instantly likeable enigma, with her own take on
Laura C.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lo ammetto: mea culpa. Avevo letto dei giudizi poco incoraggianti su questo libro, ma dopo averlo visto in biblioteca (e non avere nient’altro da leggere) ho pensato di provare lo stesso. Non si mai. Grosso errore. L’avventura (mia, nel leggerlo) era già iniziata male notando tutti quei neologismi strampalati che alla lunga irritano non poco. Fino alla metà del libro la storia si trascina lenta, e non si capisce dove l’autore voglia andare a parare. Arrivati alla fine si capisce che, effettivame ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was fast-paced, suspenseful and definitely creepy. I was holding my breath along with Florence at times!

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
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars There were some chilling moments in this one but what was really disappointing for me was the fact that it was clear from pretty much early on what was going on and who was to blame. There was not any ambiguity as was the case with the turning of the screw. Being so the climax was not "genuily exciting and shocking". On the other hand I have to acknoweldge the fact that the book has in deed great atmosphere. Also I liked the unique language Florence used (she is self-taught) and I thin ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original use of the language definitely makes this book stand out. It's a gothic novel for a younger audience. Sufficiently creepy and interesting, it's also very readable and I think I would have loved it at 12 as much as I liked it now.

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. >_>
Nicole Lundrigan
I absolutely loved this book. As I was reading, I often just stopped to marvel at the creativity of the author. I’ve never read anything quite like this. The story has an Edgar Allan Poe vibe, which is right up my alley, and there was a subtle creepiness from the first chapter onwards. I read the bulk of it on a flight to Vancouver, and I barely looked up. If you’re a fan of EAP, and want to experience an entirely unique voice in young Florence, you have to read this book.
A creepy re-imagining of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
'Florence & Giles' by John Harding.

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
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