The Little Stranger
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A chilling and vividly rendered ghost story set in postwar Britain, by the bestselling and award-winning author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith.
Sarah Waters's trilogy of Victorian novels Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith earned her legions of fans around the world, a number of awards, and a reputation as one of today's most gifted historical novelists. With her most recenthours
He is obsessed with the house from a young age- the house is described in a lot of loving detail by him throughout the book, more than Caroline who he was supposed to be in love with. When the marriage is called off he seems more upset and angry about losing out on the house than her.
All of the ghostly incidents start soon after Faraday visits the house for the first time. Anyone else notice how quickly he managed to get himself so closely involved with the family?
I think its significant that he was the one who put down the dog, he was the one who got Roderick put in a mental institute, and he was the one that performed Mrs Ayres's post mortem. What was he hiding? What were the pills he was giving her? Was he afraid someone else would realise what he was up to?
Faraday knew what he was doing - get Gyp killed off so that Caroline would feel isolated and vulnerable, get Roderick committed so that the rights to the house would fall to Caroline, and then kill off the mother. It was all going so well for him until Caroline broke off the engagement...so she had to go too. She must have recognised him in the house that night - thats why she said 'you'.
Three years on and he still lets himself into the house and acts like he owns it. And when hes looking for the 'little stranger' aka the ghost, all he sees is himself in the cracked mirror...(less) (hide spoiler)]
The Little Stranger. This book is not a variant on The Shining that just happens to be set in post-WWII Britain: it is essentially historical fiction that happens to have a touch of the supernatural about it. And as historical fiction it is excellent. Sarah Waters evokes the atmosphere not only of another time (1947) but, for Americans at least, another place as well because in many ways The Little Stranger is a very "British" novel. In her ...more
sigh. i tried to read this slowly and still finished it in two days. i suck. but i can't help it - she writes so well, and her stories are so damn compelling; the pages virtually turn themselves. but sorry, ladies, no lesbians this time. i never thought i would see the day. what else is sarah waters for, if not lesbian love?? evidently, dickensian ghost stories in postwar settings... ooooorrrr iiiiisss iiiitttt?
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Here are some words and phrases that came to my mind after finishing this book, in no particular order.
Atmospheric | Subtle| DON'T LOOK THROUGH THE KEYHOLE! | Observations are almost clinical at points | Man, I need to read more of Sarah Waters' books | Passionate | Perfectly paced | Holy twisteroo, Batman | WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! | Don't ...more
What I liked ...more
The Little Stranger is a bit of a departure for Waters in that she plays things straight. Sexually, I mean. Her historical fiction – based on what I’(Tipping ...more
THE LITTLE STRANGER is a slow-burn, atmospheric novel of suspense. I thought it was beautifully written, quite absorbing, and downright creepy at times. It was a story that I looked forw ...more
However, while t ...more
I have to admit it, I was disappointed in this book. Yes, I gave it 3.5 stars, but I was expecting to give it 5. I know some of you out there know what I'm feeling.
I'm not going to get into the plot too much...there's a huge old estate falling into disrepair in post-war England. The estate is as much a character as the people, and I liked it more than some of them. There is the matter of the family that owns the house and the reduction of their status in society ...more
My other problem is that the only other S ...more
I have read similar books, which I won't mention here for fear of ruining them with the comparison, but this too may have played into my reading/opinion/frustration at The Little Stranger.
I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book, but if you want to read a sligh ...more
Now imagine a huge gothic mansion, a possibly haunted mansion.Then imagine something walk ...more
In post-World War Two, in rural England, Dr. Farraday is called out to Hundreds Hall, a huge, rural estate that, in its glory, ...more
What I thought was going to be a pretty standard classic ghost story actually turned out to be more of a study of post-war Britain that really delves into the complexities of the downfall of a whole class system (oh, and yeah, there’s a ghost). It’s brilliantly written and very, very atmospheric, but it’s also just way too long. Many parts are overly descriptive and it felt quite repetitive on a p ...more
Looking back at The Little Stranger, I think I quite liked the novel as a whole, especially the ending that wrapped up the tale in a curious and deliciously ambiguous and enigmatic way.
This sort-of-ghost-story is an interesting portrayal of the downfall of an aristocratic family in post-war Britain and a deep exploration of what it means (psychologically) for such a family to witness a slow dilapidation of its once grand estate.
Sarah Waters's writing is elegant and her descriptions of b ...more
The story is essentially a ghost story set at Hundreds hall following the story of the Ayres family as their home and society crumble ...more
Waters attended university, earning degrees in English literature. Before writing novels Waters worked as an academic, earning a doctorate and teaching. Waters went directly from her doctoral thesis to her first novel. It was during the process of w ...more