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The little stranger. [Sarah Waters] -- One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the . Compre The Little Stranger (English Edition) de Sarah Waters na niribopaca.ml . Confira também os eBooks mais vendidos, lançamentos e livros digitais. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Waters (The Night Watch) reflects The Little Stranger - site edition by Sarah Waters. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like .
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Would you also like to submit a review for this item? You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. The little stranger Author: Sarah Waters Publisher: New York: The resistance of what is left of "county society" to the new ideas of equality and independence is very obvious when they gather at Hundreds Hall for a small evening party and find Dr.
Faraday in attendance, drink in hand. Regardless of his evening dress, they immediately assume he is there only because someone is ill. It has to be explained to them that he is there as a guest and even then there is some awkwardness, not because of who Dr. Faraday is, but because of who his parents were. Faraday may be a perfectly nice man and a skilled doctor, but he's still not quite "their sort".
If immersion in the atmosphere of a historical period does not interest you, you will not like The Little Stranger. More Details Original Title. Warwickshire, England , Warwickshire, England , Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Little Stranger , please sign up. How do readers interpret the ending? I was expecting something un-nerving like the whole of the book but I was left with a bit of a question mark in my mind. Pk Chance The ending I got was very different. To see it, you have to accept as plausible the explanation of the entity offered by Faraday's fellow doctor and …more The ending I got was very different.
To see it, you have to accept as plausible the explanation of the entity offered by Faraday's fellow doctor and friend whose name escapes me at the moment of "some 'little stranger' spawned from the troubled unconscious of someone connected with the house itself". That sounds a lot like poltergeists, which so the stories go seem to feed off unquiet psyches in a home.
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Anyway, if you can accept that, two things happen: It's real, and it's deadly. Secondly, the question becomes, who is the person with the troubled unconscious?
That person is the conduit the ghost is working through. In the final sentence, you have your answer: He fancies himself an objective man of science, but his problems, prejudices and flaws are on full display.
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He claims to love this family, but the truth he hides even from himself, suggests otherwise. As Kim Wiles said, he "writes the incidents off as delusion. He's deluded, all right, just not in the way he thinks. Then you go back and re-examine the story, and a whole lot of things are cast in a whole new light.
Pretty horrifying, IMO.
I'm considering assigning this as an option for an independent reading assignment for a class of high school sophomores all girls.
Does anyone have thoughts on whether this novel would be appropriate and accessible for that age group? Kate Jones Don't do it.
Just please don't. I'm an English Lit A Level student myself and we have been studying this novel for the past year, it is torture trying …more Don't do it. I'm an English Lit A Level student myself and we have been studying this novel for the past year, it is torture trying to revise. Aside from the disparaging length of the text that is mostly irrelevant filler, the pace is unbearably slow and the overt use of commonplace gothic tropes although admittedly give you something to write about make it feel so forced and predictable that you want to gouge your eyes out rather than compare this to some of the great authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Henry James.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. If you are looking for a traditional horror novel, you won't find it in The Little Stranger. And as historical fiction it is excellent. Sarah Waters evokes the atmosphere not only of another time but, for Americans at least, another place as well because in many ways The Little Stranger is a very "Britis If you are looking for a traditional horror novel, you won't find it in The Little Stranger. Sarah Waters evokes the atmosphere not only of another time 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: 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.
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 equality and independence is very obvious when they gather at Hundreds Hall for a small evening party and find Dr.
Faraday in attendance, drink in hand. Regardless of his evening dress, they immediately assume he is there only because someone is ill. It has to be explained to them that he is there as a guest and even then there is some awkwardness, not because of who Dr. Faraday is, but because of who his parents were.
Faraday may be a perfectly nice man and a skilled doctor, but he's still not quite "their sort".
If immersion in the atmosphere of a historical period does not interest you, you will not like The Little Stranger. A great deal of what is horrifying in the novel - and it is horrifying - is intimately tied to that cultural period of British history. If the supernatural "incidents" are pulled out of the story and examined strictly for their shock value a la modern horror novels, they will be disappointing.
This book is the result of many different threads, interwoven so skillfully that they cannot be separated and still make any sense. The supernatural aspects of the story are also of the more ambigous variety. If you prefer your supernatural forces to come with complete explanations, this book may feel incomplete to you.
Link to an interesting review of this book by NPR. View all 13 comments. View all 25 comments.
She seems like too smart a writer to have fallen into this particular trap. View all 36 comments. Jul 16, Pouting Always rated it really liked it. 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 more and more 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 chang Dr.
Hundreds Hall is said to be haunted and as the months pass by it becomes more and more 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 childhood and how he still so desperately needed everyone's approval.
I know that was the whole point but it was so irritating. It was really well done though and his obsession with the estate really just added to the whole creepy feeling surrounding it.
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The book did build up really slowly though and there isn't any clear outcome about what was happening in the house so if that sort of thing will bother you I would skip this one. View all 5 comments. Aug 18, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 murd 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. 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 , 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….
That is the review I would have liked to write. Sorry Sarah, but, you know, what were you thinking? You who wrote the mighty Fingersmith? And who latterly thrilled my very ventricles with The Paying Guests?
In parenthesis: The Paying Guests? The Night Watchman? The Little Stranger? These toffs have the stately home and the land but they have no money at all, so the whole pile is gradually falling to bits.
For pages. Like all huge old houses, or castles. Dracula, Gormenghast, Bleak House. The Shining. Wuthering Heights. Hill House. A typical passage from The Little Stranger A couple of panes in the window were cracked, the sash frame crumbling around them. A corner hand-basin gave off a sour, uriney smell, and the boards beneath were almost rotting where a leaking tap had dripped.
The wallpaper had a raised pattern of loops and arabesques that had once, she recalled suddenly, been very colourful. It had been painted over with a drab distemper, which the damp was turning to a sort of curd. That the upper classes were clapped out and finished by the convulsing social order of the post-WW2 radicalism? What nonsense. But has the upper class gone away? For most normal people this is extraordinary and unacceptable. So then we have the spooky-ookums stuff. As with all these rascally writers, they have their cake and they eat it.
No, they are perfectly ambiguous all the time. Fans of this kind of guff like to stroke their chins and ponder. Sarah Waters even puts the rational point of view centre stage, in the brain of her protagonist — but what a meanminded insidious creep this guy is. If he was the last rationalist in the world gimme the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In the end this was a story where a succession of unpleasant things happen to a small number of unpleasant people. But hey, at least I broke my run of seven three-star novels! View all 11 comments. 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. Don't go upstairs and i 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.
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?! 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.
Yeah, thanks for ruining Christmas for me, John Hurt. I only have one gripe. Looks like I'm going to have to write that book.
View all 22 comments. 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: They made it look blurred and slightly uncertain — like an ice, I thought, just beginning to melt in the sun. 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.
The novel is constructed skillfully from the outset to be an eerie Gothic ghost story, with the rambling and decaying manor and a series of baffling and disturbing happenings. The story is written as a first-person narrative, from Dr.
In this case, Dr. Faraday is not directly involved in many of the menacing goings-on at the house. Rather, he recounts the events told to him by the occupants of Hundreds Hall. He tells us what he heard from Caroline, or Mrs. Ayres, or Roderick, or in some cases the maid, Betty.
The suspense was subsequently watered down for me as a result. Faraday is a famously unreliable narrator as well — which is not a complaint in and of itself; however, his removal from the events as well as his questionable credibility took me out of the plot a bit. There was no single character I liked, nor one sufficiently detestable for me to revel in my distaste — not even the purported ghost! Perhaps I unfairly kept making comparisons to one of my all-time favorite novels, Rebecca.
I was searching for my Mrs. Danvers, trying to sympathize with the narrator, and looking for a climax that would electrify me. I was left with too many questions and felt a shred of dissatisfaction as a result. Since finishing the book, I have drawn my own conclusion that I would like to put to Ms. View all 40 comments.
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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.
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Not here. Faraday who, on account of being a man, is most certainly not a lesbian. He is also not very interesting. Specifically, this is an old fashioned ghost story featuring that most reliable of settings: I love it when talented authors work within genre trappings. And since autumn is approaching, I decided to get a jump on my seasonal reading.
The house in question, here, is Hundreds Hall, a Georgian-style mansion located in rural Warwickshire, England. Hundreds Hall has been the seat of the Ayres family for over two hundred years.
When the novel opens, the Hundreds is in decline. The house — and the society it represents — is crumbling. Old estates are being carved up by developers so that the peasants can have their own hovels.
There is even the specter of — gasp! Ayres is the fading matriarch, an avatar of the old days now reduced to reusing postage stamps and rereading letters from her late husband she is also still in mourning for a dead daughter. Roderick was in the RAF during the war, and has returned badly injured and — perhaps — psychologically unsound.
Caroline is the eccentric spinster-to-be, a pure Waters creation: Her hair was a pale English brown and might, with proper treatment, have been handsome, but I had never seen it tidy, and just now it fell drily to her shoulders, as if she had washed it with kitchen soap and then forgotten to comb it. Added to that, she had the worst dress-sense of any woman I ever knew. She was wearing boyish flat sandals and a badly fitting pale summer dress, not at all flattering to her wide hips and large bosom.
Her eyes were hazel, highly set; her face was long with an angular jaw, her profile flattish. Only her mouth, I thought, was good: Each of these characters is extremely well-drawn, carefully described, and fully realized. The house, as well, is given its proper due as a major player in the drama. It is wonderfully described with the kind of painstaking care that du Maurier gave to Manderley.
The story is set in motion when Dr. Faraday is summoned to Hundreds Hall due to the illness of Betty, one of the few remaining servants. It is never quite clear whether Faraday is being drawn by the house by some supernatural force, or whether he is simply a bourgeois scrambler trying to up-jump a class or two during a period of social upheaval. Waters approaches her story from an oblique angle.
She is working with the fundamentals of a haunted house tale, but instead of tackling it head on, she is content to nibble at the edges. The novel takes on a certain rhythm. There will be a mysterious or unexplained event at the house. That event will be given an explanation and forgotten. Then there will be a bunch of other side-plots and digressions until something else happens.
With that, the cycle begins again. Instead of creating tension, this structuring releases it like a leaky steam valve. The Little Stranger fails to generate any chills. It is a novel filled with atmosphere; unfortunately for a horror story, none of them is dread.
Part of the problem is that Waters is clearly more interested in her sideshows than in the central mystery of the haunting of Hundreds Hall. Caroline is indifferent and, in a different Waters novel, would be gay.
Faraday is closer to asexual. Unsurprisingly, this supplies all the erotic tension of a beer-league slow-pitch softball game. She achieved great success with her excessive, gay Victoriana settings. Here, she seems to be providing a corrective. A book that is subdued and sedate, without a giant dildo anywhere in sight.
The Haunting of Hill House has to be an inspiration for any haunted house story. I must say I was surprised, and I guess a bit disappointed, that the undercurrents of this novel were financial distress. Another issue is that Waters seems to get stuck between styles.
This is Gothic horror material that Waters conveys in a realist style. I think this approach can work.
Indeed, I think you can create a certain amount of tension by grounding the Gothic elements in the real. Waters, though, is far more comfortable in the real, building her setting, defining her characters.A character in Affinity talks to spirits of the dead; the setting of Fingersmith is a large country estate inhabited by a small family and house staff; The Night Watch is set in post-WWII Britain with characters who are somewhat at a loss with what to do following the upheaval of war.
How did you approach the character first on the page, and then with Gleason? His feelings were resited when he was given the opportunity to visit the Hall as a doctor answering a house call. 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. She achieved great success with her excessive, gay Victoriana settings.
I don't think I ever grew out of mine. Dancing with Mr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.
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