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message 1: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Your line comparing it to We Have Always Lived in the Castle is what makes me want to read it *right now*.

InterLibraryLoan is calling my name!

message 2: by trishtrash (new)

trishtrash Some people have hated this for Florence's peculiar writing style, but I think it's an absolute hoot. It has everything the gothic genre should have - an unreliable narrator, a mystery-or-haunting conundrum, a teasing drip of information, an old house and a battle of wills.

message 3: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Oooh, "peculiar writing style" makes me a little nervous, but I'm going to have to give it a try. If you've got the book handy, could you give me a little hint of how peculiar it is?

message 4: by trishtrash (new)

trishtrash She verbs nouns and scatters them through her narration... it's unusual enough to notice, not enough to take over the whole story (IMO):-

...Well, I might have saved my breath on this last because it seemed to serve only as an encouragement to Giles, who threw himself into the part of a boy with raging toothache with an enthusiasm so great as to put our whole scheme into jeopardy. We had three-quartersed through breakfast and I alarmed that he had either forgotten our plan or changed his mind, so I sharped him a kick on the shin under the table...

That's an average ratio per paragraph. There are a couple of really great uses, too. But I understand if it puts you off.

message 5: by Lynda (new)

Lynda No, I think this is still worth finding. If nothing else, it has me curious.

message 6: by Garet (last edited Feb 15, 2012 06:13AM) (new)

Garet Everything you said. ;) Thanks so much for the recommendation. I'm way behind on my reviews but will hopefully get to this one soon.

Interestingly enough, we will be reading another Harding book, One Big Damn Puzzler, for my book club in March. I gather it is an entirely different and uproarious kettle of fish.

message 7: by trishtrash (new)

trishtrash WoOT! I'm so glad you liked Florence, as I can imagine that if you disliked her narration, the rest of the book would be nothing but torture!

I am greatly looking forward to learning what you think of One Big Damn Puzzler... I was eyeing it up on Amazon the other day.

message 8: by Garet (new)

Garet I have to confess to a few moments when the ratio of verbed nouns or nouned verbs threatened to reach a tipping point but Florence always managed to step back from the abyss. ;)

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