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Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics)
by Sheridan Le Fanu | Literature & Fiction
Registered by GembaKaizen of Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 1/11/2007
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by eligi): travelling


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6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by GembaKaizen from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 11, 2007

5 out of 10

Enjoyed the stories, picked this book of ghost stories up around Halloween in Leeds I think. Thought the stories would suit children more, hence I only got through half the book before I moved on to other things. 


Journal Entry 2 by TheGreenMan from York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 18, 2007

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Picked up from the February BC Meetup in Leeds.

I'll be interested to read some more Sheridan Le Fanu. I read Uncle Silas when I was younger (after seeing an excellent TV adaptation) and remember really enjoying it. Plus, this book has an introduction by M.R. James, who I am immensely fond of also. What's not to like...? 


Journal Entry 3 by TheGreenMan from York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 22, 2007

8 out of 10

Very much enjoyed this collection as a whole. Some (about half) of these tales, whilst entertaining, I found a little weak & unfocused - but many others were captivating... once you got used to the archaic language and the frequently over-elaborate and rambling style of writing.

Le Fanu is from an older generation than my two personal favourite chroniclers of the supernatural and fantastical, Algernon Blackwood & M.R. James - and perhaps consequently his tales are generally more traditional & old-fashioned and often veer either into the realms of folk / fairytale or into ponderous 'histories' behind the hauntings of olden times (reminiscent of the style of his 'Uncle Silas'). By and large, he generally lacks the decidedly warped visions of Blackwood & James - although, on occasion, he is capable of suprising the reader with a flash of a pleasingly bizarre imagination... and some of these tales ARE sinister & haunting (without ever really getting quite as far as being 'terrifying').

Basically - these are an enjoyable & varied selection of supernatural tales which, whilst successful to varying degrees, are almost always intriguing and engaging... and the ideal reading, as M.R. James says, "in a country house for the hours after midnight".

I particularly enjoyed 'Squire Toby's Will', 'The Child That Went With The Fairies' (particularly memorable & haunting), 'An Account Of Some Strange Disturbances In Aungier Street' (probably the scariest), 'Sir Dominick's Bargain' and 'The Vision Of Tom Chuff' - although my favourite was probably 'Ultor de Lacy', which I thought had a particular psychological depth & complexity to it which marked it out as a significantly more mature piece of writing than perhaps some of the other, more 'simple' tales. But you, dear reader, will doubtless find your own favourites...

(No Blackwood or James then, but a good third...!) 


Journal Entry 4 by TheGreenMan at The Golden Lion in York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 22, 2007

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Released 10 yrs ago (10/23/2007 UTC) at The Golden Lion in York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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releasing at tomorrow's spookily-themed pre-Halloween BC Meetup in York... 


Journal Entry 5 by Apechild from York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Picked this up at the York meet - I like MR James' short stories, so hopefully these will be as good. 


Journal Entry 6 by Apechild from York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 09, 2007

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this book. I love these regency and victorian gothic style ghost stories; the whole atmosphere that they create. And these were interesting as well for the location - so many set in Ireland. Some had a real folktale feel as well with the fairies coming into the stories, such as 'The Child that Went with the Fairies'. Oh, and a couple set in Yorkshire (I think) as well!

I liked the first story and the title piece - Madam Crowl's Ghost. What a character she was! Heck, you could really imagine her eating small children for breakfast (unlike a character in another book I'm trying to read at the moment).

All the stories were great, although maybe the last one wasn't one of my favourites - it was a bit bitty and ho diddly hum.... the one with random bits about the wizard's castle that was submerged under the lake. It was a bit random - him doing these horrid magic tricks and telling his wife if she screamed, they'd all be drowned. Why why why? 


Journal Entry 7 by Apechild at Happy Day Postal Release in Happy Day Postal Release, Happy Day Postal Release -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, December 02, 2007

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Released 9 yrs ago (12/3/2007 UTC) at Happy Day Postal Release in Happy Day Postal Release, Happy Day Postal Release -- Controlled Releases

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Posting to the winner of the Oct/Nov UK Happy Day Release. This is an obviously Halloween themed book, off on it's journey to West Yorkshire. Hope you enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 8 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 06, 2007

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Oh wow!!! I won UK Oct/Nov Happy Day draw?...I can't believe it! I got home today & 2 books were waiting for me - how good is that!

Thank you so much for this OpheliaPhillips, I just love ghost stories & look forward to reading them.

Looks like Mount TBR is going to be increasing.... :-D 


Journal Entry 9 by wingPlum-crazywing at BCUK Unconvention 2013 in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/27/2013 UTC) at BCUK Unconvention 2013 in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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To be released onto the buffet table at the BCUK Unconvention. If it's not picked up by a bookcrosser it will be released into the wild when we undertake our release walk......wherever you found it please let us know it's safe with you :o)




Released as part of the "YOU'RE SUCH AN ANIMAL" Challenge (#35) (crow) 


Journal Entry 10 by wingGhaneschawing at Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Picked up at Leeds Unconvention.
Thanks

for my Halloween Release  


Journal Entry 11 by wingGhaneschawing at Cafe Rose - Parkhotel in Bad Schallerbach, Oberösterreich Austria on Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/3/2013 UTC) at Cafe Rose - Parkhotel in Bad Schallerbach, Oberösterreich Austria

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kommt mit zum Meetup  


Journal Entry 12 by wingeligiwing at Leonding, Oberösterreich Austria on Thursday, October 03, 2013

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das Buch darf weiterreisen 


Journal Entry 13 by wingeligiwing at Wissensturm in Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/9/2013 UTC) at Wissensturm in Linz, Oberösterreich Austria

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