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The Little Stranger

Entdecke die Filmstarts Kritik zu "The Little Stranger" von Lenny Abrahamson: Mit „Raum“-Regisseur Lenny Abrahamson sowie den Hauptdarstellern Domhnall. Dr. Faraday wurde als Sohn eines Hausmädchens geboren. Während eines langen und heißen Sommers der er Jahre wird er zum Landsitz der Familie Ayres gerufen, wo seine Mutter einst angestellt war. Die Familie Ayres ist auf dem Gut seit über Nicht jeder Film ist fürs Kino bestimmt. Ursprünglich hätte der britische Geisterspuk The Little Stranger aber genau dort aufschlagen sollen.

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Dr. Faraday wurde als Sohn eines Hausmädchens geboren. Während eines langen und heißen Sommers der er Jahre wird er zum Landsitz der Familie Ayres gerufen, wo seine Mutter einst angestellt war. Die Familie Ayres ist auf dem Gut seit über The Little Stranger ist ein Mystery-Thriller von Lenny Abrahamson, der auf dem im Jahr veröffentlichten gleichnamigen Roman der britischen Autorin Sarah​. The Little Stranger steht für: The Little Stranger, Originaltitel von Der Besucher (​Waters), Roman von Sarah Waters (); The Little Stranger (Film). Entdecke die Filmstarts Kritik zu "The Little Stranger" von Lenny Abrahamson: Mit „Raum“-Regisseur Lenny Abrahamson sowie den Hauptdarstellern Domhnall. Im Mystery-Drama The Little Stranger kommt Domhnall Gleeson als behandelnder Doktor in den ern in ein altenglisches Herrenhaus. The Little Stranger [dt./OV]. ()1 Std. 52 Min Im Sommer wird der Arzt Dr. Faraday zum alten Landsitz Hundreds Hall gerufen, in dem die Familie. The Little Stranger: shortlisted for the Booker Prize | Waters, Sarah | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch.

The Little Stranger

Entdecke die Filmstarts Kritik zu "The Little Stranger" von Lenny Abrahamson: Mit „Raum“-Regisseur Lenny Abrahamson sowie den Hauptdarstellern Domhnall. The Little Stranger [dt./OV]. ()1 Std. 52 Min Im Sommer wird der Arzt Dr. Faraday zum alten Landsitz Hundreds Hall gerufen, in dem die Familie. The Little Stranger ist ein Mystery-Thriller von Lenny Abrahamson, der auf dem im Jahr veröffentlichten gleichnamigen Roman der britischen Autorin Sarah​.

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The Little Stranger: Ending Explained By Director Lenny Abrahamson Möchtest Du weitere Kritiken ansehen? Nathan Nugent. Kathryn Love Newton der Suche nach deinem neuen Lieblingsbuch? Es ist ein komplexer, vielschichtiger Genreroman, indem weder Spannung noch intellektuelles Vergnügen zu kurz kommen. Sortieren: Standard Hilfreichste Neueste. Der allerletzte Satz ist absolut bedeutungsschwanger, den muss man ganz genau lesen. The Kitchen: Queens of Crime ISBN: Layer Cake Film Killer in mir. The Little Stranger Nicht jeder Film ist fürs Kino bestimmt. Ursprünglich hätte der britische Geisterspuk The Little Stranger aber genau dort aufschlagen sollen. The Little Stranger. Horror | Großbritannien/Irland | Minuten. Regie: Lenny Abrahamson. Kommentieren. Teilen. A ghost story from one of Britain's finest and best loved writers. The major literary event of Dr. Faraday, Sohn einer Haushälterin, hat sich einen Ruf als sehr respektabler Landarzt gemacht. Während eines besonders heißen Sommers. Nutzer haben kommentiert. Warwickshire kurz nach Ende des zweiten Weltkrieges. Mehr Infos: SD Englisch. Jetzt streamen:. Das ganze Buch ist gruselig, vor allem die Szenen in Koniox Kinderzimmern mit Mrs. Der Das Pro7 Auswärtsspiel, der insgesamt 36 Musikstücke umfasst, wurde am Horror Anime this field blank. Andrew Lowe. Parasite Selten wurde eine Oscar-Verleihung so stark von einer ausländischen Produktion dominiert wie die Anfang Februar über die Bühne gegan Eine Mischung, die dem Ausgefallene Küchen Grusel- und Horror-Fan nur wenig zu bieten hat. Vereinigtes KönigreichFrankreich. Faraday Programm Mdr Heute mit der Zeit zum Hausarzt und Vertrauten der Familie. Filme wie The Little Stranger. Ihnen zur Seite steht der Ladarzt Dr. The characters were complex and interesting, the writing was amazing and the mystery at the centre of it all the eponymous Little Stranger was especially intriguing. So then we have the spooky-ookums stuff. Yet, her ability to awe remains the same. Faraday, the main character is not really likeable-but that being Ufa Kino Dresden, neither are any of Ben Bode other characters. Caroline, his sister, is left to Bad Schlema own devices, enjoying the lands, doing as she pleases, and generally not caring about anyone but her family. Those who haven't need to get acquainted with her books which, I believe, are among the greatest literary works.

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Universal Pictures International. Besonders gefallen hat mir der Charakter des Erzählers, Dr. Aber das Ende setzt dem Ganzen die Krone auf. Seeley Lorne MacFadyen : Dr. Ähnliche Filme El mal ajeno. Videos anzeigen. Charlotte Rampling. Möchtest Du weitere Kritiken ansehen? Als Faraday immer tiefer in die Geheimnisse von Hundreds Hall hineingezogen Iron Maiden The Book Of Souls, muss er erkennen, dass die Vergangenheit der Ayres enger als erwartet mit seiner eigenen verbunden ist. View all 18 comments. Aram Van De Rest Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Does anyone have thoughts on whether this novel would be appropriate and accessible for that age group? No, they are perfectly ambiguous all the time. He insisted that all the strange events could not be supernatural, but were explainable with scientific reasonings. 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. Pretty horrifying, IMO. T2 Trainspotting Kinox Daily.

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. 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. 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: 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 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: surprisingly large, well-shaped, and mobile.

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. I also disagree with Waters decision to utilize a first-person narrator for this type of story.

There are three major set pieces involving the haunts of Hundreds Hall. Faraday, since he does not live at the house, is not present for two of them.

Thus, when it comes time to relate what happened, Faraday must deliver the narrative secondhand, after it has already happened, and happened to others.

There is always a layer between the reader and the story; here, there is a second, unnecessary layer. There is something to be said for subtlety.

I appreciated how, early on, Waters is content to be deliberate. Things are a little spooky but mostly not.

As things unfold, however, you get the sensation that the tease might be all there is. Waters is not overly concerned with unraveling the mysterious presence — if one exists at all — in the Hundreds.

No ghost or goblin can terrorize the Ayres family so well as the National Health Service or the rise of the professional class. Instead, it is Sarah Waters doing a suppressed version of Sarah Waters.

View 2 comments. 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 I was quite torn about how to rate this book and went between 2 and 3 stars.

The book ends with no real wrapping up of any details-though you are left with this feeling that the author is trying to be clever and point the finger many different ways.

By the last page, I stopped caring who the Little Stranger was. It took way to long to try and figure that out. I wish Waters would go back to writing about the Victorian time period.

I give it three stars because some of her writing-especially with the mishaps in the house that were exciting and propelled me on through the mire of the rest of the writing.

I just wish when I got to the end, it was an actual ending. View all 32 comments. The audio was narrated by Simon Vance, and I enjoyed his performance very much.

I thought it was beautifully written, quite absorbing, and downright creepy at times. It was a story that I looked forw 3. 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 s, 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 presence, but the doctor is not easily convinced.

Like I mentioned before, there's no neat and tidy ending where everything is explained, which is a bit frustrating. I drew my own conclusions from the evidence given, and I suppose I'll have to be satisfied with that.

An eerie,engrossing haunted house tale. The plot pulls you in and holds you firmly in it's grip. A deep,disturbing, gothic ghost story of the highest order.

Subtle and poignant. I could not put it down! View all 13 comments. Pandemic rereads 3 I first read The Little Stranger when it was published in paperback, in As with many of my most-loved novels, I have occasionally gone back to flip through it and read pages at random; also, I have often reread the ending, which is my favourite, I think, of any book.

But I hadn't read it in full since that first time. Reading something like this, now, takes me back to a time when I read books in a completely different way.

My Goodreads shelves from are full of books Pandemic rereads 3 I first read The Little Stranger when it was published in paperback, in My Goodreads shelves from are full of books I chanced across at the library or bought because they were cheap.

I didn't entirely understand the distinction between literary and genre fiction; I was only just beginning to understand my own tastes; I wasn't yet writing proper reviews.

Even though I wasn't at some particularly impressionable age when I read it, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that The Little Stranger was a formative book for me.

The idea that I might not like it as much second time around didn't even cross my mind. And I was right — I still think it's about as perfect as a novel can be.

The story is set in the late s and told from the perspective of Faraday, a country doctor in Warwickshire. In the third chapter, he is invited to a small party at nearby Hundreds Hall, a grand — but now declining — house he has admired since childhood.

At the party, there is an unfortunate accident which reflects badly on the Ayres family, the owners of Hundreds, and also binds Faraday to them. Thereafter, he becomes a regular visitor to the Hall and develops a friendship with its inhabitants: Mrs Ayres, the widowed matriarch; Roderick, the son and heir, injured in the war; and his sister Caroline, to whom Faraday is attracted, despite frequently describing her plain, unappealing appearance.

At around the same time, strange things start to happen at Hundreds. Black marks and scratched words appear on the walls and ceilings; objects disappear when someone's back is turned, then reappear in odd places; furniture seems to move of its own volition.

Is the place haunted? Roderick comes to believe the house is infected with something, a thing from which he must protect his mother and sister.

Mrs Ayres wonders whether it could be the spirit of her first daughter, Susan, who died as a little girl. Meanwhile, Faraday grows closer to Caroline, and his obsession with Hundreds tightens its grip.

This time, they elicited little response from me; in fact, I was quite surprised by how small a part of the greater story they seemed.

I think this is because I knew what I was looking for. If I couldn't remember every twist of the plot, I certainly remembered how it ended, and I knew which character to study closely, which moments to analyse.

This made my second reading a less surprising, yet more rewarding, experience. Waters' prose is impeccable. The narrative describes everything — it's rich with detail, fussy with detail, but it has to be.

So much of what Faraday notices is telling. So much of what he describes illuminates his motives. It's the opposite of the clean and self-consciously witty style that's in fashion now, and I have to say I think I prefer it.

A handful of scenes near the end — Faraday's last with Caroline — are especially masterful: we are seeing things through Faraday's eyes, but Waters makes us understand them through Caroline's.

And not to bang on about it, but the ending. I am quite happy to say that The Little Stranger has the best closing paragraph of any novel I have ever read.

It is a five-line masterwork, and if it isn't being taught on creative writing courses everywhere then it definitely should be. TinyLetter Original review December ?

I don't know why I didn't write a review of this when I read it, presumably because I didn't have time - I'll have to rectify this at some point, but would have to read the book in full again in order to do it justice.

I can say that I thought it was absolutely wonderful - an automatic addition to my all-time favourites list; I'd give it six stars if I could.

It seems to have divided opinion among other readers, and I'd love to say I understand why, but actually I don't. In my eyes The Little Stranger is an outstanding book with one of the most brilliant, subtle, yet absolutely revelatory endings I have ever read.

View 1 comment. Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: thrift and a passing acquaintance with this authors other works. Shelves: almost-chick-lit , kitten-squishers , read-in , booker-prize-nominee.

Unlike other goodreaders I seem to have come to this book with no great expectations. Sarah Waters is a writer whose books I have acquired in the past purely on the grounds that there are huge herds of them roaming charity shops and second hand book stores a joy and peril of being a best seller I guess , and therefore they are easy to get hold of for next to no money.

So no lady love this time from Waters and not a lot of successful hetero love either. This is a tale of post war decay in the country as the landed classes come to terms with the fact that a Great War is a great leveller and the class system is rapidly breaking down.

At the centre of this is Hundreds Hall, a once stunning and now slightly creepy historic home still occupied by the Ayres family who live there on vastly diminished terms but have still kept their status within the county.

But there is something else lurking at Hundreds Hall amongst the weeds and rust and peeling wall paper and it's more sinister than mildew or dry rot well sort of.

The trusted family doctor relates the tale as his life becomes closely interwoven with that of the family and gets a front row seat in time to watch their collective mental health unravel faster than a ball of wool with a platoon of kittens at one end.

Many have rightly asserted that this is neither full on ghost story or an assessment of the plight of the landed gentry in the wake of the war however that doesn't detract from the overall charm of the story and as always Sarah Waters has produced a well written page turner.

True she won't be arm wrestling with Edgar Allen Poe for the rights to the crown of Gothic horror writer and Wilkie Collins has little to fear actually perhaps we should fear both of them since they're dead but whatever.

Scarily well written and compelling but I couldn't help feeling that this would have been better if The Little Stranger had been, well, a little stranger.

View all 4 comments. I have to admit it, I was disappointed in this book. Yes, I gave it 3. I know some of you out there know what I'm feeling. I'm not going to get into the plot too much The estate is as much a character as the people, and I liked it more than some of them.

There is the matter of the family that owns the house and the reduction of their status in society.

There is the matter of 3. There is the matter of the family doctor who keeps coming round, though he never seems to be of help to the family living in the home, as one by one, they fall victim to the house and its evil machinations.

Or was it the house at all? Perhaps it was a ghost? Perhaps it was madness? These are the questions that kept me reading. This story was well written, but not as well told as I had hoped.

I felt that pages could easily have been deleted and the story would have lost nothing. The atmosphere was rich in detail and setting, but not so much in the feeling.

I hope this makes sense to you. This tale had the feel of M. James to it, but there's no doubt in my mind-James did it better and in far less words.

Overall, I enjoyed this tale-be it of a haunted house, a psychological horror story, or a commentary on society, or all of the above.

I just wish it had been a little bit shorter, more atmospheric, and held a few more thrills. Recommended for patient fans of haunted house stories.

View all 3 comments. Oct 17, Helene Jeppesen rated it really liked it. This was one of the better books I've read by Sarah Waters "Fingersmith" still being the best, in my opinion.

The whole story is set around these characters as their stories are entwined and their destinies develop in macabre directions. The first part of the book is very much about the characters, whereas the second part is more about the haunted happenings going on at Hundreds Hall.

However, while t This was one of the better books I've read by Sarah Waters "Fingersmith" still being the best, in my opinion.

However, while this might seem like a ghost story, I believe it's more about England in the s and how classes were split and developed in different directions.

The family at Hundreds Hall used to be part of the upper class, but after the husband's death and the son's war tragedy, the family's wealth has slowly decreased.

That's when the doctor appears in their lives, and it's from his perspective we get this story. This is a slow-going narrative, but if you give it time and patience, you will end up with quite a fascinating tale about class division, deterioration, and perhaps ghosts Oct 17, Montzalee Wittmann rated it liked it.

I accidentally gave it a four star with my fat fingers when I wrote "rtc". It really is a 3 star to me.

It took a third of the book before anything weird happens. Then just when comes start getting strange, the book lags down It does start getting creepy but I really didn't care if something killed them all off, maybe I cared about the servant girl.

I am not cruel, these characters were not fleshed out enough to The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters is a book I picked up from the library.

I am not cruel, these characters were not fleshed out enough to care. This was an audible book and the narration was fair. Nov 06, Madeline rated it it was ok Shelves: audiobook.

My main problem with this book was that I went into it thinking it was going to be another kind of story.

I was hoping for something more along the lines of The Haunting of Hill House , where you start out with that atmospheric creepiness and weird events that you can kind of rationalize, and then the tension slowly amps up until you realize that something is very, very wrong with the house.

The Little Stranger has a lot of the first part, but too little of the second. My other problem is that th My main problem with this book was that I went into it thinking it was going to be another kind of story.

To be fair, this is probably more of a Me Problem. View all 9 comments. Mar 29, Jessica Woodbury rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , rereads , best-of This was a re-read for me in anticipation of the upcoming adaptation.

By then I was already a huge fan of Sarah Waters and had read her entire backlist, so I was delirious for a new novel from her with a gothic feel.

While I loved it the first time, I also saw that my own expectations for the book, based in part on the marketing and in part on all the rest of her books This was a re-read for me in anticipation of the upcoming adaptation.

While I loved it the first time, I also saw that my own expectations for the book, based in part on the marketing and in part on all the rest of her books, had marred my experience somewhat.

It is not a sexy book in the least. And while it is full of twists and turns, it doesn't have the breakneck pace of some of her other work.

But with all that said, now that I have been able to come to the book again and let myself take it just as it is, it is one of her very best.

It is one of my very favorite styles. If you come to this book expecting it to be anything other than slow and unsettling, you will find yourself quite disappointed.

Perhaps the biggest mistake they could have made was the Stephen King blurb on my copy's cover. While he is correct that it is creepy as hell, it doesn't give readers the proper expectations.

Since I let myself slow down and read this in a leisurely way on vacation! I got to soak in the truly memorable creation that is Hundreds House.

While I have a lot of skepticism around any adaptation, I can't deny that the setting is a dream. It is so lovingly described to us by Dr.

Faraday, who came from working class parents and whose own mother was once a servant there, it is the crumbling British gentry given shape.

Everything about it is unnecessary, overly decorative, even nonsensical. It is not functional, it is all splendor and awe, but it is also too delicate to survive for long without proper care.

It is the kind of house where whole wings and floors are shut up because they simply take too much effort. Likewise, the Ayres family is the now-scrounging aristocracy that still has the pressure and burden of family and forebears, but now doesn't have the fortune to do what is needed.

The world is changing but they do not know how to become modern. Roderick, the man of the house after his father's death, is scarred by the war and overcome by his managerial duties.

Caroline, his sister, is left to her own devices, enjoying the lands, doing as she pleases, and generally not caring about anyone but her family.

And Mrs. Ayres lives in the past, still wanting a good match for the rather unmatchable Caroline and still expecting that they will all muddle through because my goodness they've always done so before that is just what happens.

Into all of this comes Faraday, who has pulled himself into a basic middle-class respectability as a doctor only to find his profession about to change entirely with the creation of the National Health Service.

Faraday does not see how obsessed he is with class, but it is quite clear to the reader. This is just one of the things Waters does so well.

After his first professional visit, Faraday keeps putting Hundreds and the Ayres family into his path.

This is a slow burn at first, and I was just about to the point where I was wondering when we would just get to it already when it immediately got to it in a shocking way.

After she has lulled you into expecting very little from this place and this family, all of a sudden everything becomes quite unsettling.

Something is wrong. But what is it? The Ayres are fanciful and unstable, their remaining servants are superstitious and suspicious, and Faraday is often the only one who insists on being reasonable as events get stranger and stranger.

Because this is a book where we hear stories that are hard to explain, we all know the rules. The rules in a book are that what is potentially supernatural is always supernatural.

It is our job as the reader to know this and it is often the narrator's job to insist on finding rational explanations.

But for the book to be at its best I've found that it's good to indulge Faraday his explanations, to try to be calm and figure out what is to be done.

Because this isn't the kind of book where there is any way to fend off a ghost or a haunting, if that is in fact what's happening.

And in that case, what is there to be done? Ultimately the book gives us many ways to view the terrifying events that happen in the house and while I call this a slow burn, it is incredibly creepy and deeply unsettling though it is never exactly scary but it seems to me there is one interpretation that Waters gives a hint at but certainly doesn't press that seems the most fitting.

Spoilers follow: view spoiler [the theory Seeley presents of a person's consciousness that is somehow able to leave the body and manifest its will or malevolence completely independent of the person's awareness is one Faraday comes back to again and again.

He turns it over enough and finds enough ways it aligns with events for it to be the one the reader clings to most. Roddie in particular seems to be an obvious option, though Faraday wonders most about Caroline, which certainly says something about his own attachment to her.

But to me it became quite clear, especially from Faraday's dream the night of Caroline's death, that Faraday is the force. That behind his obsession with Hundreds is more than a desire to have it himself, it is a deep resentment towards the upper classes for having such plenty to the exclusion of everyone else, and it is a hostility specifically to the Ayres's of letting it all go to waste.

Caroline notes that the ghost doesn't want anyone else to have the house, but that it wants to torment them while they're in it.

And it's noteworthy that Caroline is left almost entirely alone until after she jilts Faraday.

Come in knowing this is a slow, gothic novel, that there will be no big slam bang ending. When I approached it the second time I recalled almost nothing, just that there were some mysterious events in the house and that I had felt a little cheated that more hadn't happened the first time around.

Coming to it that way, I was astonished at how very much happened, about how many times I was creeped out, at how many times I was surprised. I treasured the reading of it this second time, it was like eating a luxurious meal, cherishing each bite.

The characters are so well drawn, the story so effortless, and the house was one of the best house-as-settings I can recall in all my reading days.

I think most of us didn't give this book the fair shake it deserved. And while it's very understandable that it happened as it did, publishing will always try to find a flashy hook to sell a book, I think it's certainly worth a second look for people who enjoy a gothic story.

I don't have to enunciate the sheer brilliance that is Sarah Waters. Those who have read her already know it. Those who haven't need to get acquainted with her books which, I believe, are among the greatest literary works.

In this book, the author deviates a lot from her previous works. Yet, her ability to awe remains the same.

Now imagine a huge gothic mansion, a possibly haunted mansion. Then imagine something walk I don't have to enunciate the sheer brilliance that is Sarah Waters.

Then imagine something walking up the stairs of the mansion , the pitter- patter of feet which are not very human I dare you to read this book and be able to sleep without lights on.

Honestly, I could not! The Little Stranger is narrated by Dr. Faraday, a local doctor in a small village of England around the s. His mother was a nursery maid in Hundreds Hall, a huge mansion in the village.

As a child, he was fascinated by the mansion and has fond memories of it. The gates of the park were kept almost permanently closed. The solid brown stone boundary wall, though not especially high, was high enough to forbidding.

And for all that the house was such a grand one, there was no spot, on any of the lanes in that part of Warwickshie, from which it could be glimpsed.

I sometimes thought of it, tucked away in there, as I passed the wall on my rounds- picturing it always as it had seemed to me that day in , with its handsome brick faces, and its cool marble passages, each one filled with marvellous things.

The Ayers- the owners of the Hundreds Halls were once a powerful and rich family. But they have now fallen into poverty and have barely enough money to maintain what was once a stately mansion.

After two hundred years, those people had begun to withdraw their labour, their belief in the house; and the house was collapsing, like a pyramid of cards.

Meanwhile, here the family sat, still playing gaily at gentry life, with the chipped stucco on their walls, and their Turkey carpets worn to the weave, and their riveted china As Dr.

Faraday becomes more closely acquainted with the family, he finds out that there are supposedly strange happenings in the house.

Being a man of science, he is naturally sceptical. But things take a sinister turn, as slowly Roderick starts to lose his sanity as claims to hear and see thing that can't be explained by anything that's "natural".

Strange spots appear, supposedly accidental fires, a child's voice, footsteps- as things go worse, Dr Faraday comes face to face with the reality of the horror unfolding at Hundreds Hall.

The Little Strangers is a mixture of genres. Sarah Waters knows how to play with words. I tried to tell myself that this is just a book, calm down!

It didn't work. Such is the talent of this very eloquent author, that it all seemed so terrifyingly real to me, like something like this can really happen in real life.

She caught my eye and said quietly, 'Do you feel it? The house is still at last. Whatever it was that was here, it has taken everything that it wanted.

And do you know what the worst thing is? The thing I shan't forgive it for? It made me help it. Kudos to Sarah Waters for scaring the living daylights out of me!

The author knows how to spin a tale that guarantees that you are hooked to the book. What remains the same is the beautiful writing, an atmospheric setting and characters that continue to haunt the reader.

The Little Stranger ends with many questions. Every person will have a different perspective to what really happened at Hundreds Hall.

There is no "end" as such. It's left to the readers imagination. Hundreds Hall will linger in your mind long after you have read the last page.

Overall: Compelling, haunting and highly entertaining Recommended? Yes, to fans of Sarah Waters and to people who just like a suspenseful, gripping story.

The movie was so hauntingly vague but curiously absent on detail and suspense , that I needed to see if the book was able to provide me answers and fill the vacancies left by the movie.

Farraday is called out to Hundreds Hall, a huge, rural estate that, in its glory, had been regal and elegant but now, was slowly crumbling.

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