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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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Sep 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2010
Read from March 30 to April 16, 2010

I love ghost stories and this was a luscious one. Set in the 1940’s right after the war a young WREN comes back to the family manor house after her RAF brother gets badly burned and her mother needs help with his care and care of the quickly dilapidating house. They’ve even had to sell some of the vast land to stay solvent. Things for the gentry are changing quickly. They only have two servants left and the youngest one, a girl just into her teens, gets ill they call a doctor who has just arrived in their village to come care for her. The interplay between these 5 main characters and the house itself and whatever or whoever inhabits it creates all the important interaction. Slowly facades begin to fall; secrets are revealed or strongly hinted at. Reality begins to shift in a way that only Waters can create. She’s excellent at atmospheric settings, ambiguity, innuendos. Is she being literal or is this a metaphor for that time and place, the changes in society? The book is so enjoyable it almost doesn’t matter.
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Reading Progress

03/30/2010 page 200
04/13/2010 page 400
85.84% "Everyone's gone cuckoo!"
01/30/2016 marked as: read
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message 7: by Gwyn (new)

Gwyn Bailey I have this on order currently, Cynthia and am going to try and keep it for Christmas.... It will be hard going as I love Waters' writing and once heard her talk, she is a really nice person.

Virginie I really enjoyed this one Cynthia , wasn't it good?I have to read "Fingersmith " soon, it's supposed to be a page turner and real good.....

Cynthia I've never read anything I didn't like from her. Fingersmith and Night Watch were great too.

message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Cynthia, your reviews are so clear and informative. I can even see tha t mischeif peeking through!

Cynthia That's so sweet Barbara. It read surprisingly fast for 500 pages.

message 2: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Cynthia wrote: "That's so sweet Barbara. It read surprisingly fast for 500 pages."

You can mark me down for "creative" spelling!

Cynthia I have no idea what you mean!!!!!

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