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Sarah Perry (2) (1979–)

Autor/a de The Essex Serpent

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7+ obres 4,654 Membres 269 Ressenyes 6 preferits

Obres de Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent (2016) 3,244 exemplars, 172 ressenyes
Melmoth (2018) 964 exemplars, 69 ressenyes
After Me Comes the Flood (2014) 337 exemplars, 25 ressenyes
Enlightenment (2024) 76 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
A Quaint and Curious Volume: Tales and Poems of the Gothic (2019) — Introducció — 15 exemplars

Obres associades

Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) — Introducció, algunes edicions1,645 exemplars, 34 ressenyes
Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Col·laborador — 104 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Slightly Foxed 58: A Snatch of Morning (2018) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Slightly Foxed 47: Curioser and Curioser (2015) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars


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Sarah Perry has really hit her stride with this new novel. It keeps her trademark character-driven plot, and continues the rather odd writing style she has that seems a mix between Victorian and modern syntax. And in this novel, unlike some of her others, she's created characters and situations that kept me fully engaged.

The center of this novel is Thomas Hart, a middle aged man at the beginning of the book, who writes a column in the local paper. He is straight out of the past - wearing formal clothes, speaking in an old-fashioned way, continuing to favor letters over email or the phone. He is also gay, but a member of a strict Baptist church, so he hides this from others and practically from himself. He stayed in the church when he was drawn to a baby girl whose mother died and whose father is a member of the church. The two have a deep connection, Grace Macaulay and Thomas Hart. Grace is in her teenage years when the book begins, and with that comes all the rebellion and soul searching and love interest that you would expect.

Unfortunately, Thomas and Grace have a falling out. Over the next twenty years they will be drawn back together, though whether they'll forgive each other will be the question. Tying this all together is a subplot that is integrated beautifully. Thomas Hart, early in the book, is assigned to write about the Hale-Bopp Comet. This prompts a love of amateur astronomy that continues through his life. He also finds a local story about a woman who went missing in the late 1800s named Maria Vaduva, whose incomplete letters and diary are found. Her story, and the story of her forays into astronomy, bind the book together.

This all sounds complicated and I didn't even tell half of it, but Perry does an amazing job of tying everything together seamlessly. There is no "dual timeline" or "flashback" to Maria Vaduva's life - it's all integrated perfectly into the present day story. Though, as I said, the present day story barely feels present-day with Perry's quirky Victorian writing style and characters.

I'm not doing justice to this novel. It's so hard to describe. I found it completely original and captivating. I think it's her best book to date and I hope she keeps writing more novels. I will try them all!
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japaul22 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 11, 2024 |
I enjoyed every image and every word in this novel.
Bambean | Hi ha 171 ressenyes més | May 20, 2024 |
In the small town of Aldleigh sits the Bethesda Chapel, home to a non-conformist group of worshippers. Thomas and Grace are both members of the congregation but both are undone by love. Teenage Grace falls in love with one of the town boys and questions her faith. Thomas is gay and lives a secret life in London but falls heavily for a married curator whom he meets as he investigates the life of Maria Vaduca. Maria's ghost haunts both as they strive to prove her worth as an amateur astronomer.
There is always a strong theme of the supernatural in Perry's writings and here is no different but it is less overt and more of a background influence. The story is not about haunting but about discovery and regret, it is slow but beautifully written and the prose draws the reader in until they become completely invested in the lives of this small community, a wonderful read.… (més)
pluckedhighbrow | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 8, 2024 |
Despite the ever-present sinister malevolence hanging in the air throughout this story, I liked it. The characters are well-developed with complex, multi-level inter-relationships, and Juanita McMahon's narration is excellent.
TraSea | Hi ha 171 ressenyes més | Apr 29, 2024 |



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