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The Little Stranger Un D A De Verano Llaman Al Doctor Faraday A Hundreds Hall, La Mansi N De Los Ayres, En El Desolado Centro De La Inglaterra De Posguerra Faraday Ya Hab A Estado All Cuando Era Un Ni O Y Su Madre Era Una De Las Criadas De La Casa Ahora Es M Dico, Aunque Con Una Posici N Social No Muy C Moda, Y Piensa Que Esta Visita Es Un Golpe De Suerte Pero Hundreds Hall Ya No Es M S Que La Sombra De S Misma La Se Ora Ayres A N Es Una Se Ora Elegante, Aunque Viva Entre Paredes Desconchadas Roderick, Su Hijo, Ha Vuelto De La Guerra Enfermo De Los Nervios Se Ocupa Como Puede De La Casa Y Va Vendiendo Las Tierras Su Hermana Caroline, Exc Ntrica Y Masculina, Y No Desprovista De Encanto, Ha Tenido Que Volver A Hundreds Hall Para Ayudarlo Pero Los Ayres Han Llamado Al Doctor Faraday Para Que Se Ocupe De Betty, La Joven Criada Que Quiz S Lo Est Enferma De Miedo Y Aunque Nadie La Cree, En La Mansi N Se Oyen Ruidos Inexplicables Y Se Ven Sombras Fugaces, Y Las Cosas M S Familiares Pueden Volverse Perversas


10 thoughts on “The Little Stranger

  1. says:

    If you are looking for a traditional horror novel, you won t find it in The Little Stranger This book is not a variant on The Shining that just happens to be set in post WWII Britain it is essentially historical fiction that happens to have a touch of the supernatural about it And as historical fiction it is excellent Sarah Waters evokes the atmosphere not only of another time 1947 but, for Americans at least, another place as well because in many ways The Little Stranger is a very British novel In her depictions of the Ayres family and Hundreds Hall, the author shows us the final death throes of an entire British way of life that had lasted for centuries in one form or another Whatever our modern feelings of distate for a formal class system may be, the author makes us feel how devastating the loss of it was for those at the top, and how it left them adrift, not only physically due to lack of servants, but ethically as well for if they are not, as Mrs Ayres describes, an example of all that is good for those below them, what purpose do they serve Another lingering remnant of that way of life that plays an important role in the story is the idea that what you can achieve is at least partially determined by who your parents were in local society Dr Faraday, the son of a shop keeper and a mother who had been in service , still feels the awkwardness of being the first in his family to rise above their place The resistance of what is left of county society to the new ideas of equ...


  2. says:

    sigh i tried to read this slowly and still finished it in two days i suck but i can t help it she writes so well, and her stories are so damn compelling the pages virtually turn themselves but sorry, ladies, no lesbians this time i never tho...


  3. says:

    Departing from her preferred 19th century context, as she did in her last book The Night Watch, Sarah Waters sets her latest novel in post World War II Warwickshire and tries her hand at an Old Dark House, Haunted Or Is It story in the Jamesian tradition of subtle, ambiguous psychological chillers The Turn of the Screw, The Beast In the Jungle But while James intuitively understood that the atmosphere of such tales depends on sustaining the unsettling mood, and so they re best realized and indeed intensified by the concentrated form of a novella or short story, Waters book trudges on for than 450 pages, grinding all the tension and eeriness out of her narrative as it inches glacially forward like a literary Bataan Death March No suspense story can maintain its energy at this pace, it s like one of those jazz singers who sing standards so slowly that the melody disintegrates into just a sequence of individual disconnected notes, drained of any musical or emotional meaning Waters i...


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    Dr Faraday is called over to Hundreds Hall on summer day when someone on the estate falls ill While there he strikes up a friendship with the family and in the coming months is pulled into their problems Hundreds Hall is said to be haunted and as the months pass by it becomes and confusing to tell whether the effect of the house on the people living in it is due to it being haunted or the steady deterioration of the estate and the status of the people who inhabit it in a world changing around them Really well written if a tad bit long I love when authors leave things ambiguous and it could go either way There was one thing that annoyed me though was Dr.Faraday s obsession with the Ayres and his desperation to be friends with them I just couldn t stand his constant feelings of inferiority stemming from his chi...


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    Any reader of Fingersmith will know how Sarah Waters drags the old tricks of ancient fiction out of retirement and makes them dance for us again There it was Dickens and Wilkie Collins here its Henry James and his Turn of the Screw, The Fall of the House of Usher, and any number of novels and movies with huge crumbling stately homes at their centre Operating where the psychological and the supernatural ooze along together, The Little Stranger unhurriedly creeps the reader into its Gothic murderousness Lightly and effortlessly the political cultural background weaves into the tale, which is set in 1947, as the radical Labour government steams ahead with such socialist solutions as the National Health Service, and the upper classes, personified by the blighted Ayreses, crumble and visibly wither One of the many pleasures of this wonderful novel No, I m so sorry That is the review I would have liked to write But I can t.Sorry Sarah, but, you know, what were you thinking You who wrote the mighty Fingersmith And who ...


  6. says:

    This review is going to be like one of those fridge poetry thingymabobs because I m tired and coherency isn t a top priority of mine right now.Here are some words and phrases that came to my mind after finishing this book, in no particular order.Atmospheric Subtle DON T LOOK THROUGH THE KEYHOLE Observations are almost clinical at points Man, I need to read of Sarah Waters books Passionate Perfectly paced Holy twisteroo, Batman WHAT DOES THAT MEAN Don t go upstairs and investigate, you fruit loop Grow a pair, Doctor Something bad is going to happen to that dog, isn t it Sinister SERIOUSLY, QUIT WITH THE KEYHOLE Astonishing I wonder if the Tipping the Velvet adaptation is still available on Iplayer What the eff Um, OK I m sure my door wasn t open a second ago The TV adaptation of this that is inevitably going to be shown ...


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    I first saw Hundreds Hall when I was ten years old It was the summer after the war, and the Ayreses still had most of their money then, were still big people in the district I recall most vividly the house itself, which struck me as an absolute mansion I remember its lovely ageing details the worn red brick, the cockled window glass, the weathered sandstone edgings They made it look blurred and slightly uncertain like an ice, I thought, just beginning to melt in the sun What I liked most about this, my first Sarah Waters book, were the striking descriptions of the magnificent Georgian mansion Once a splendid home that was renowned throughout the district of Warwickshire, Hundreds Hall now stands in a state of ruination, due to the effects of World War II and the Ayres s declining family fortune The characters are well drawn, including the dignified Mrs Ayres, her surly son Roderick who returned from the war with his share of battle wounds, her slightly awkward yet intelligent daughter Caroline, and the ingratiating family doctor, Faraday From the time he first set eyes on Hundreds Hall as a child, Dr Faraday has had a peculiar fascination with both the house as well as its inhabitants When summoned to the estate to tend to the so called illness of Betty, the newest family maid, Dr Faraday rapidly becomes immersed in the Ayres s lives and their attendant troubles The novel is constructed skillfully from the outset ...


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    The one thing I ve learned from reading my first two Sarah Waters novels Tipping the Velvet and The Paying Guests is the value of patience She starts things slowly, building character and the environment with deliberate care and copious detail Plot is secondary, and it can take awhile for the endgame to come into focus With The Little Stranger, however, my patience nearly ran out The Little Stranger is a bit of a departure for Waters in that she plays things straight Sexually, I mean Her historical fiction based on what I ve read, and what I have on my shelf is usually told through a gay lesbian viewpoint Not here In this novel, the main character first person narrator is Dr Faraday who, on account of being a man, is most certainly not a lesbian He is also not very interesting The Little Stranger is Waters entry into pure genre territory Specifically, this is an old fashioned ghost story featuring that most reliable of settings the splendid old haunted house I love it when talented authors work within genre trappings And since autumn is approaching, I decided to get a jum...


  9. says:

    3.75 Stars I ve had THE LITTLE STRANGER on my wish list for years, so I decided to use an Audible credit and listen to it in October The audio was narrated by Simon Vance, and I enjoyed his performance very much I love his voice first heard him when I listened to BRING UP THE BODIES which was wonderful THE LITTLE STRANGER is a slow burn, atmospheric novel of suspense I thought it was beautifully written, quite absorbing, and downright creepy at times It was a story that I looked forward to jumping back into That said, I also thought it was a bit too long and drawn out, and the ending doesn t wrap up with a tidy bow Set in the late 1940s, this book centers around an English physician s relationship with a down on its luck aristocratic family and their crumbling ancestral home called Hundreds Hall Odd things are happening in the house, and family members suspect the cause is a malicious supernatural presen...


  10. says:

    I was quite torn about how to rate this book and went between 2 and 3 stars I love most of Waters books I loved Tipping the Velvet and Affinity was a great ghost story, but this book was like her other book Night Watch long, drawn out and left me wondering what the point was Faraday, the main character is not really likeable but that being said, neither are any of the other characters The book ends with no real wrapping up of any details though you are left with this feeling that the author is trying t...


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