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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

L'autore

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 MeetingI`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.

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  • 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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Formato: Copertina rigida
Il giovane avvocato Arthur Kipps intraprende il viaggio verso un remoto villaggio per sistemare gli affari di una cliente deceduta di recente. L'intento è di lavorare da solo nella sua casa avvolta nelle nebbie, inconsapevole com'è degli inquietanti segreti che custodisce; ma la sua preoccupazione cresce quando intravede una misteriosa giovane donna vestita di nero al funerale della sua cliente. Gli abitanti del luogo, stranamente, non vogliono parlare della visione e Kipps è costretto a scoprire da solo la vera identità della donna in nero, che lo porterà a una disperata corsa contro il tempo una volta capito il suo vero intento.
(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.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 su 5 stelle 427 recensioni
4.0 su 5 stelle setting the stage for a wonderfully traditional ghost story 13 maggio 2017
Di Books, Vertigo and Tea - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The Woman in Black is one of those rare instances of watched film before reading book. It doesn’t happen often. And I feel confident in saying that in this case it had no affect on my experience. Admittedly, it has been several years since I have watched the film, but still I think that my previous statement would hold true regardless of time passed. I may re-watch this weekend to test that (no scratch that – nonhusband is leaving for week, no ghost stories. Probably will anyways. I live to torment myself apparently.)

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.
3.0 su 5 stelle Points for Originality, but Not Spooky 24 aprile 2017
Di Babychub - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is a book with a haunted house, a small town of fearful residents, a young man who insists on staying in the haunted house overnight, and so forth. You know the drill. One thing I liked was the setting, which was on bare flat ground partially underwater and running to the sea. The haunted house wasn't stuck in a spoooooky forest or on a forbidding cliff. Points for beautiful real estate! It's pictured so well that you half fall in love with it yourself. A lot of the story takes place during the day, even a lot of the haunting, which made a pleasant change. And the young man accepts early on that there is a ghost, so we don't have to spend chapters with him denying the evidence. I liked his common-sense attitude. But this book is not in the least creepy, scary, spooky, or chilling. I am a complete chicken, ready to shriek and dive for the lights with the slightest provocation. I probably should not read ghost stories in the first place. But this book left me unaffected. The mystery of the ghost is very easy to piece together after the first hint. Well, the narrator puzzles over it, but he's kind of obligated to be befuddled, being the narrator. After the narrator describes being terrified by the ghost's presence, you'll find yourself thinking, "Eh, maybe you had to have been there." And after knowing the ghost's terrible secrets, I found myself thinking she had a point with her sad but boring revenge. Are you supposed to root for the evil ghost? I'm not sure if that's a feature or a bug here. I'd have liked to have heard more about the nasty old woman the ghost originally haunted, but she's kept an enigma. It's just Sheeted Betty and the Boy, so to speak. I heard this made a frightening play and a scary movie, so bravo to the people who wrote this into that. But unless you have someone to sneak up and yell boo at you as you read, don't expect much from the book.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A modern novel written in a classic style... and NOT the movie 29 gennaio 2014
Di Aisling D. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I bought this after seeing the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. I wanted to see what the director and scriptwriters had started with.

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.
3.0 su 5 stelle Feels like an antique, though it isn't 14 giugno 2017
Di Cynthia - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Though apparently this was first published in 1983, it's written in the style of a late-nineteenth-century novel. This isn't necessarily a good thing. At times I felt I was wading through an over-complicated story. The story is atmospheric; it's easy to feel that you are shut in to this old house along with the characters. I liked the little dog, and was impressed that he wasn't killed off just because that's a popular thing to do in spooky stories. At times I found the lead character rather obtuse. Not a bad book, and smoother reading than novels that really ARE nineteenth-century publications, but if you lack patience with that sort of writing, you may want to just settle for watching the movie.
4.0 su 5 stelle Darn good spooky story 22 luglio 2014
Di Radar626 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
After seeing the movie, I bought the book to see how it compared. In this rare instance, I have to say that the movie was an improvement on the book.

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.

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