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The Little Stranger: Sarah Waters [Aug. 19th, 2013|08:59 am]
Tony Grist
Ghost stories are usually about repression. In the 19th century the thing being repressed was sex; in Waters' version of the late 1940s it's something else, but I can't say what exactly for fear of giving the game away. The Little Stranger is not only a ghost story but a whodunnit- and Waters is as adept as Christie (whose territory she impinges on- mysterious happenings in an isolated great house) at hiding crucial information in plain sight. She writes with wonderful clarity, an eye for the telling image and a profound understanding of the vagaries- the overspilling messiness- of human nature.  Her characters draw you in and implicate you in their unpleasantness .It took me hours after turning the final page to shake off my feelings of guilt. 
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-19 08:41 am (UTC)
Writers are rarely lookers. That goes for both sexes.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2013-08-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
I had the opposite problem. I thought Julian Barnes was hot - I still do - but then read Sense of an Ending and it was as potent and powerful as a piece of wet lettuce. Was well disappointed!

(still would not necessarily kick him out of bed for eating biscuits.)
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