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The Woman in Black (original 1983; edition 1997)

by Susan Hill

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Title:The Woman in Black
Authors:Susan Hill
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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983)

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En skräckroman berättad i klassisk tappning! Dimma, mörka familjehemligheter, ensam i stort läskigt hus, spöken, gungande stolar...Jo då, allt är med! Jag gillar det och Susan Hill skriver bra. Snarare en kortroman, läses i ett naffs! ( )
  Drusus | Aug 4, 2014 |
At the start of this novella, I noted the authors's decision to make the book a memoir--a reflection of the narrator's past. The pros to this being I knew the narrator would live through this eerie story, and it allowed the author to build suspense about just how harrowing these events were to haunt the narrator almost twenty years later.

A good, solidly told story of a typical 'city' man sent to the country to do business--he doesn't believe the stories and rumors....until he has to experience them himself.

I read this as part of a challenge to read a book made into the movie, and on that score the relative low number of pages should mean the movie could follow the story closely. Only one way to find out! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Be prepared to stay awake all...night...long.
  lseitz | Jul 1, 2014 |
A solid tale that is still chilling even with the predictable plot, possibly because you know what will happen. Left me despairing of the hopeless pain of existence we all have at times ( )
  Con.Rad | May 6, 2014 |
I wished it was longer, and the ending was a tad predictable, but I love Hill's writing style. I have never before read a full-page description of lighting a fire, making tea, and sitting down to look at old receipts and been so entertained and enthralled. ( )
  sixteendays | Apr 10, 2014 |
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I love this style of writing... very detailed and descriptive. Although some of our students have said that they had a hard time getting through the first few chapters, I was immediately captivated.
 

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For Pat and Charles Gardner
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It was nine-thirty on Christmas Eve.
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But gradually I discovered for myself the truth of the axiom that a man cannot remain indefinitely in a state of active terror. Either the emotion will increase until, at the prompting of more and more dreadful events and apprehensions, he is so overcome by it that he runs away or goes mad; or he will become by slow degrees less agitated and more in possession of himself.
A man may be accused of cowardice for fleeing away from all manner of physical dangers but when things supernatural, insubstantial and inexplicable threaten not only his safety and well-being but his sanity, his innermost soul, then retreat is not a sign of weakness but the most prudent course.
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Arthur Kipps in an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford-a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway-to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client. Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow's house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystyery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images-a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed in black. (96780307950215)
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A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford--a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway--to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow's house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images--a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black.

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Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shutttered windows.… (more)

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