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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
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Dec 19, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy-and-science-fiction, gothic-novel, mystery-and-horror, novels-and-short-stories, england, creatures-of-the-night, favorites
Recommended to Leonardo by: ouliana_vega@yahoo.com.mx
Recommended for: Anyone looking for a true and truly haunting ghost story
Read in October, 2009

A true and truely haunting ghost story, set in a masterfully created atmosphere and with a complex moral/ethical undercurrent, "The Woman in Black" is both a proud member of the long-standing tradition of ghost stories and one of the most outstanding pieces of fiction of late 20th century and beyond. I was first drawn to Susan Hill's most famous work through the fame of its theatrical adaptation. And yet, despite being aware of the plot and the outcome (which would seem to rob it of most of its charms), the novel still retains its haunting and unsettling power. There's a sense of quiet despair that no rationality manages to vanish forever. One of the greatest achievements of the books is the gradual, but relentless, creation of and atmosphere of dread and hopelessness, from its geographical distance from urban civilization, the protagonist is gradually and utterly drawn into a world of nightmares, shrouded in a fog and the marshes.

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