The Little Stranger
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Waters (The Night Watch) reflects on the collapse of the British class system after WWII in a stunning haunted house tale whose ghosts are as horrifying as any in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Doctor Faraday, a lonely bachelor, first visited Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a parlor maid, at age 10 in 1919. When Faraday returns 30 years later to treat a servant, he becomes obsessed with Hundreds's elegant owner, Mrs. Ayres; her 24-year-old son, Roderick, an RAF airman wounded during the war who now oversees the family farm; and her slightly older daughter, Caroline, considered a natural spinster by the locals, for whom the doctor develops a particular fondness. Supernatural trouble kicks in after Caroline's mild-mannered black Lab, Gyp, attacks a visiting child. A damaging fire, a suicide and worse follow. Faraday, one of literature's more unreliable narrators, carries the reader swiftly along to the devastating conclusion.
Journal Entry 2
Elk Grove, California USA on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
I've read and enjoyed Sarah Waters' novels Fingersmith
and Tipping the Velvet
and finally got around to reading this one after it has sat on my shelves for several years. This novel was quite unlike the previous two novels I read but it was just as enjoyable. It takes place in England just after WWII in the county of Warwickshire where an old family house, Hundreds Hall, has fallen into neglect because the family no longer has the means to support it. The narrator of the story, Dr. Faraday, was called to see to a patient at the Hall and then becomes enmeshed in the struggles of the family who own the house, the Ayreses. The family is trying to keep pace with a changing society but the house is in decline with crumbling masonry and overgrown gardens. But there seems to be other troubles within the family and the house itself. The older son, Roderick, who suffered wounding during the war, seems to be afflicted with a mental illness involving strange apparitions haunting his room. The housekeeper, Betty, also feels the house is haunted and Mrs. Ayres seems to seek the companionship of her long dead first daughter. As Faraday gets more involved with the family, things get stranger and stranger. But is the house haunted or is it only the strains of trying to keep up with the house and society that is affecting the family?
I really quite enjoyed this rather long novel (over 500 pages). Waters kept the story flowing even though throughout most of the novel not a whole lot seemed to happen. Overall, it provided some chills and kept my interest piqued.
Read this as part of the Oldest TBR Read and Release Challenge 2019
Journal Entry 3
RABCK Horror/Supernatural box of books, RABCK to fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, March 23, 2020
Released 2 mos ago (3/23/2020 UTC) at RABCK Horror/Supernatural box of books, RABCK to fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Including in small box of horror/supernatural books as a RABCK.
Journal Entry 4
Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Received a wonderfully scary box of books from perryfran as a RABCK! Can hardly wait to get started on them. This ought to keep my mind off of what's going on in the world! Thanks perryfran!