- Copertina flessibile: 164 pagine
- Editore: Vintage Books; Reprint edizione (3 gennaio 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0307745317
- ISBN-13: 978-0307745316
- Peso di spedizione: 136 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 5.365 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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"A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine." --The Guardian
"Excellent. . . . magnificently eerie. . . . compulsive reading." --Evening Standard
"The most brilliantly effective spine chillder you will ever encounter." --The Daily Telegraph
"[A] highly efficient chiller. . . . Nerve shredding." --The Daily Express
Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Prize, and the W. Somerset Maugham Award, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I`m the King of the Castle and A Kind Man, and she has also published collections of short stories and two autobiographies. Her ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in London’s West End since 1988. Susan is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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(La sinossi è una traduzione, leggermente modificata, di quella riportata in seconda di copertina, in inglese).
Ghost story ambientata in un tempo indefinito, attorno all'inizio del Novecento, scritta con molta cura nello stile e nello svolgimento dell'intreccio. La scrittura è, tutto sommato, impersonale, nonostante la narrazione sia in prima persona, secondo il punto di vista di Kipps. Questo è uno dei motivi per cui non è detto che la storia evochi in tutti i lettori un senso di tensione: l'eventuale sentimento di paura dipenderà soprattutto dalla misura in cui ci si farà suggestionare dal racconto, senza necessariamente calarsi nei panni del protagonista.
Una delle caratteristiche più interessanti di quest'opera è che Kipps si trovi a essere vittima della donna in nero a titolo gratuito, senza alcun motivo: non ha fatto un patto col diavolo, non ha strizzato l'occhio alla parte oscura della forza, non si è macchiato di alcuna colpa, ma non potrà sfuggire ai tormenti che gli verranno inflitti e alla cieca vendetta.Ulteriori informazioni ›
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Told through the recounting of a very pragmatic narrator Arthur Kipps, this is a classic tale of the paranormal. Attending the funeral of Mrs. Drablow and her estate affairs at Eel Marsh house, the young solicitor is visited by an unwelcome guest, the Woman in Black. As Mr. Kipps discovers the purpose of this visit and its significance, it soon comes to a conclusion in one final moment that will forever alter his life. Now, years later he has decided to commit the events that transpired during his time in Crythin Gifford to pen and tell his story.
“I have sat here at my desk, day after day, night after night, a blank sheet of paper before me, unable to lift my pen, trembling and weeping too.”
I find it important to mention that while this is a dark and eerie tale, it moves at a very slow but not intolerable pace. This is not a thriller. We are gifted with a writing style that is elegant and effortlessly transports the reader into Victorian era England, setting the stage for a wonderfully traditional ghost story. The author utilizes all elements available to construct a remarkably atmospheric and melancholic read.
Admittedly this is not the “terrifying” read one might expect. Shelving it as horror is an undoubted stretch. But do not discredit its merit as far as ghost stories are concerned. First published in 1983, the author has brilliantly established the air of a true classic read. While it does not harbor the gruesome components we have come to know and expect from such a story today, if you allow yourself to be fully immersed within the successful world building and story telling, you soon discover that the underlying plot of revenge is haunting enough in its own right.
“It was true that the ghastly sounds I had heard through the fog had greatly upset me but far worse was what emanated from and surrounded these things and arose to unsteady me, an atmosphere, a force – I do not exactly know what to call it – of evil and uncleanness, of terror and suffering, of malevolence and bitter anger”
Cleverly narrated and written to read as having been authentically conceived in the 19th century, there is a lot to be appreciated and admired within the pages of this chilling tale of revenge. And therein lies the real accomplishment of The Woman in Black. This somewhat Gothic tale is likely to find a welcomed home among the many fans of Poe and more classic tales of fright. A slow burn with a dramatic ending, I can only recommend experiencing The Woman in Black personally to fully understand all that it has to offer. This is what ghost stories are made of.
I was astonished. This book could have been written in the mid-20th century, or much earlier. The style is very gothic and dark, and -- in some ways -- a throwback to the 19th century. I liked it.
In fact, I liked it better than the movie, though the film was extremely stylish and Daniel Radcliffe did a remarkable job with a role involving little dialogue.
The book is a different story. It contains similar elements, and shares a lot of plot elements with the movie, but... it's a different story with a different outcome.
If you're a fan of gothic novels by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, and so on, you'll probably like this book, too. It doesn't have the romance of those authors, but the darkness and suspense are definitely in the same genre.
This story is told in the first person, with considerable style. Some sentences run on forever. Others are clipped short. The emotions are conveyed as much by the words as the writing style itself.
This book isn't for everyone. If you hate, say, Dickens or novels by the Brontes, this may not be your cup of tea.
Otherwise, if you like dark tales and sweeping gothic suspense, this is a good choice.
The premise is of course the same. An apprentice attorney is sent to Crythin Gifford, a black and dreary town, to settle the affairs of a deceased client named Alice Drablow. Mrs. Drablow was the resident of a large, dark, bleak house named Eel Marsh House. The only way to get to it is via a drive that ends up covered under several feet of water, effectively stranding anyone at the home from the rest of the world.
Arthur Kipps, the young attorney, thinks that this will be an easy business trip. He knows little of the stories or mysteries surrounding Eel Marsh House, and is ill prepared for the increasingly eerie events he experiences while working on the vast piles of paperwork Mrs. Drablow left behind. He befriends a local man, Samuel Daily, a seemingly jovial local who becomes entangled in the goings-on at Eel Marsh House as well.
Books like this are a hard review to write. How can I give enough details to hook potential readers without giving away the best parts of the book? Though I did like the movie better than the book, the book was still a taut read. When left up to the imagination, the Woman in Black is creepier when left up to the imagination than what was shown in the movie. I was able to give myself a few whopper nightmares thanks to the extra creepies I added to the Woman in Black. Most of the heebie-jeebies you get from reading will come from your own mind, which I love in a book. And if you enjoy this book, another like this is House on Haunted Hill.