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Harriet Said.... (Flamingo) de Beryl…
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Harriet Said.... (Flamingo) (1977 original; edició 1985)

de Beryl Bainbridge (Autor)

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The infamous Parker?Hulme murder case inspired this frightening tale of adolescent transgression in an English seaside town. When a thirteen-year-old girl returns from boarding school to her small hometown in Merseyside for summer break, her best friend, Harriet, is not back yet, and she's restless, anxious for something-- anything --to happen. In this state of troubled anticipation, she visits the beach and encounters Peter Biggs, an elegant yet disheveled man in the throes of middle age and an unhappy marriage. A stirring inside of the budding woman makes her feel irresistibly attracted to this man . . . and simultaneously repulsed. But she doesn't dare do anything about it until Harriet arrives. One year older and much more mischievous, Harriet returns to find her friend in a state of confused obsession. The two girls hatch a plan to "humble" Biggs. At Harriet's command they proceed to methodically spy on him and his wife, manipulate his desires, and ensnare him in an act of incriminating humiliation, all on the premise that this will be their most daring summer yet. But the power these young women possess is perhaps more sinister and unwieldy than anyone realizes. Award-winning British author Beryl Bainbridge's first novel, Harriet Said is loosely based on the Parker?Hulme teenage murder case in New Zealand dramatized in the Kate Winslet film Heavenly Creatures . It was originally completed in 1958; however, editors were so scandalized by its gruesome and amoral content that the book was not published until 1972. It has since become a horror classic.… (més)
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Títol:Harriet Said.... (Flamingo)
Autors:Beryl Bainbridge (Autor)
Informació:Flamingo (1985), Edition: New edition, 160 pages
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Having read Beryl Bainbridge's "The Bottle Factory Outing," which had a dry ironic tone but was otherwise a fairly straightforward and exceedingly British narrative, I figured I knew that "Harriet Said" would be a pretty straightforward take on the Parker-Hulme murder case. What I got was something much stranger: a sensitive portrait of a girl on the tender, awkward cusp of womanhood, a portrait of severe, sadistic psychological attachment, and a perverse view of English family life in which the adults seem more helplessly childlike than their children and innocence either a memory or a joke. By turns erotic, shockingly cruel, and curiously dreamlike, "Harriet Said" does a wonderful job of mapping out both the psychological terrain and the physical environs of its main character, a girl under the spell of Harriet, the electrifyingly malicious and thoroughly manipulative title character. We see them wander the back roads of a quiet, beautiful seaside village, befriending its outcasts and dreaming of better things, self-consciously tracking their progress to adulthood. They store up experiences and opinions, one of them falls for the Tsar, a dreamy, unhappy man in middle age who wanders the dunes alongside them, and things end badly.

What's really remarkable about this book, though, is how perfectly Bainbridge seems to have captured that period in adolescence where even the smallest events or excursions seem breathtakingly important and even the most minor of interactions seem freighted with the potential for sex or danger. The book has few characters and takes place almost entirely within the narrow confines of an economically depressed rural backwater, but what happens its two main characters is made to seem so meaningful that it often feels absolutely enormous. I suppose we've already got "Heavenly Creatures," but considering how thoroughly soaked this novel is in sensuality and malice, the complexity of the author's portraits of her young characters, and how completely the volatile, diabolical Harriet looms over everything in it, I'm rather surprised that noone's yet thought to make a film version of it yet. In fact, I'm surprised that less than two-hundred users seem to have it in their libraries. This one is hardly light reading, but might rank as some sort of near-forgotten classic, a startlingly precise portrait of precocious evil. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vota TheAmpersand | May 6, 2019 |
This is the third book I've read based on/inspired by the infamous Parker-Hulme murder case (I've still yet to read [b:The Wicked Girls|11940384|The Wicked Girls|Alex Marwood|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340853882s/11940384.jpg|16901602]).

While this isn't as fun as the lesbian pulp fiction take, [b:The Evil Friendship|1152169|The Evil Friendship|Vin Packer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1181434613s/1152169.jpg|1139653], it also isn't as dry as [b:Obsession|6477182|Obsession|Tom Gurr|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|6668385] either (the latter being almost more biographical than fiction). Rather, this book is more like [b:The Wives of Bath|227789|The Wives of Bath|Susan Swan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388769078s/227789.jpg|1465396], wherein it's loosely based off of certain aspects of the case, and then the author runs in their own direction.

It's a short, quick little read. Of course the two main girls are just as annoying, amoral, and insidious as one would expect them to be. As always with this subject, there's a plot thread of a sexual/romantic link between the girls -- here, unlike in other places, it's more a subtle undercurrent, but you definitely don't have to squint to see it.

There's an awful lot of almost pedophilia, which I found kind of weird ... and really uncomfortable, at times, particularly because it was mentioned in so flippant a way. (The book doesn't do much in the way of digging down deep into the characters' psyches).

I probably would have rated this higher if it was longer, truth be told. ( )
1 vota majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
"When I say scream, you scream"
By sally tarbox on 30 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
A really intense, atmospheric and disturbing novel, set in a seaside town around 1950. The hefty 13 year old narrator is dominated by her adored chum Harriet. A knowing teen, able to charm those around her while secretly mocking them, Harriet determines what the pair will get up to one long, hot summer. On the cusp of adulthood, they are keen to try out their attractions on the men around them, and the narrator imagines she is falling for 'The Tsar', an unhappily married older man and friend of her father. But when the Tsar dares tell Harriet a few home truths, she involves her friend in a plot to humiliate him and his wife...
Beryl Bainbridge vividly conjures up the post-War era, and the adolescent mind. The general theme of the story is based around the true-life teenage killers featured in the movie 'Heavenly Creatures'. ( )
1 vota starbox | May 29, 2017 |
Hipnótica, repulsiva,
Lo que dijo Harriet está calculada con una milimétrica pulcritud capaz de enrarecer una atmósfera que se tupe hasta la asfixia. En el grito del desenlace se superponen los matices del campo semántico del mal: mentira, manipulación, humillación, abuso, crueldad, asesinato… Un catálogo de violencias que lleva a los lectores a preguntarse si las terminaciones nerviosas de nuestra maldad pertenecen al territorio de lo congénito o si, por el contrario, las malas acciones brotan como síntoma: sobre si de verdad los fantasmas existen o no son más que proyecciones de una mente enferma a causa de la represión sexual, el clasismo... (Babelia, El País) ( )
  crsiaac | May 17, 2015 |
basado en crimen real que conmocionó a la sociedad británica de la época, relata la historia de dos amigas que se reencuentran durante unas vacaciones de verano. Un thriller sobre la crueldad de la infancia y sobre la capacidad del ser humano para manipular y seducir a los demás.: Un coctel fatal sobre la inocencia y la maldad. ( )
  pedrolopez | May 13, 2015 |
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Bainbridge, Berylautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bromet, StellaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Frieyro, AliciaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Najman, ChrisAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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The infamous Parker?Hulme murder case inspired this frightening tale of adolescent transgression in an English seaside town. When a thirteen-year-old girl returns from boarding school to her small hometown in Merseyside for summer break, her best friend, Harriet, is not back yet, and she's restless, anxious for something-- anything --to happen. In this state of troubled anticipation, she visits the beach and encounters Peter Biggs, an elegant yet disheveled man in the throes of middle age and an unhappy marriage. A stirring inside of the budding woman makes her feel irresistibly attracted to this man . . . and simultaneously repulsed. But she doesn't dare do anything about it until Harriet arrives. One year older and much more mischievous, Harriet returns to find her friend in a state of confused obsession. The two girls hatch a plan to "humble" Biggs. At Harriet's command they proceed to methodically spy on him and his wife, manipulate his desires, and ensnare him in an act of incriminating humiliation, all on the premise that this will be their most daring summer yet. But the power these young women possess is perhaps more sinister and unwieldy than anyone realizes. Award-winning British author Beryl Bainbridge's first novel, Harriet Said is loosely based on the Parker?Hulme teenage murder case in New Zealand dramatized in the Kate Winslet film Heavenly Creatures . It was originally completed in 1958; however, editors were so scandalized by its gruesome and amoral content that the book was not published until 1972. It has since become a horror classic.

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