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The Winter Ghosts de Kate Mosse
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The Winter Ghosts (2009 original; edició 2012)

de Kate Mosse (Autor)

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Freddie Watson is a stilted young man who has not gotten over older brother George's disappearance on the Western Front during WWI. It is now 10 years since the Armistice, and Freddie, after a stay in a mental institution, has come to the French Pyrenees to find peace. While motoring through a snowstorm, he crashes his car and ends up in the small village of Nulle, where he meets a beautiful young woman named Fabrissa. In the course of an evening, Fabrissa tells Freddie a story of persecution, resistance, and death, hinting at a long-buried secret. By the next morning, she is gone, leaving Freddie alone to unlock a ghostly mystery hidden for 600 years.… (més)
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Títol:The Winter Ghosts
Autors:Kate Mosse (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2012), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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The Winter Ghosts de Kate Mosse (2009)

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    Montaillou : Cathars and Catholics in a French village, 1294-1324 de Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (SJaneDoe)
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    Rora de James Byron Huggins (countrylife)
    countrylife: Historical fiction also about religious persecution & the inquisition, Rora is a much longer book, and recounts the story of the Waldenses and their defense of their homes and territory against the inquisition's army.
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The best one yet. I love the split time sequencing. Very well written and a wonderful read. ( )
  TS_Simons | Jan 22, 2021 |
I heard a lot about Late Mosse’s work, and I was intrigued. When I found ”The Winter Ghosts” in my second-hand bookstore (all profits go to charity), before Halloween, I said to myself this is the sign to buy and read it.
The prose of the book is compelling. Another motive I picked up ”The Winter Ghosts” is because of the location the story takes place. I have visited the Pyrenees mountains on the Spanish-French border. I was surprised that the author used the Catalan language (the old language they talk In the area) as I understand the language from my Spanish-Catalonian family.
The truth is this book is the second or third that I read where the setting takes place after WWI. It is also is my first book that male principal character grief for his brother’s death to such an extent that got him to a nervous breakdown.
I felt that Late Mosse teases the reader, her slow and simmering build to where the worlds collided, and Freddie can put his ghosts to rest. I like books that build fictional stories base on actual historical events. From this book I take with me a quote said by the female main character, Fabrissa, ”We are who we are because of who we chose to love and because of who we love.”
Yes, it is my first Kate Mosse work that I read, but for sure won't be the last one. ( )
1 vota AvigailRGRIL | Nov 3, 2020 |
The story starts in an antique bookshop, with a parchment letter than a man wants translating. When the bookseller asks where he found it the man recounts his story.

Ten years after the end of World War I, Freddie is travelling through France to rest and recover after a bout of illness. He travels to the foot of the Pyrenees and suffers a car accident almost going over the edge of the road. He manages to make his way to a village, where he secures a room. The patron tells him about a local festival on that night in the village and he decides to attend.

He goes along and meets a beautiful, ethereal girl called Fabrissa. He opens up to her, recounting the pain he feels from the loss of his brother in World War I, and the cold relationship that he had with his late parents. The event is raided and he escapes with Fabrielle. She tells him of the loss of her brother and he becomes feverish hearing her last words.

He always in his room, having been ill for a few days, and recounts his story to the patron of the B&B. She has never heard of Fabrielle, and says he hasn't left his room for two days with his fever. After he has recovered he goes with the local mechanic to get his car. As he looks round he sees features in the landscape that Fabrielle mentioned in her story, and goes to investigate.

It is a nicely written book, but I found it too predictable, especially if you read the blurb on the back of the book. What it does do well is deal with some of the issues from World War I, including loss, pain and grief, and the crude processes that existed in those days in dealing with it. The two main characters are fairly well formed, and you do have some empathy for them. For a ghost story it isn't at all scary, just left me a little bit under whelmed. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
The story is lovely and romantic, and will not appeal to someone seeking action. That said, if you enjoy a ghost story encased in a human's process of dealing with grief, this should work for you.

I found the midi music included as transitions in the audiobook to be too melodramatic for my tastes. ( )
  Muhrrynn | Jul 11, 2019 |
Another good read from Kate Mosse. Staying with the familiar themes surrounding the historical religious genocides in 14th century France, she has cleverly woven together a tale of grief, war, loss and personal discovery. I could have finished it much sooner but wanted to savour each word.
  peelap | Feb 3, 2019 |
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Freddie Watson is a stilted young man who has not gotten over older brother George's disappearance on the Western Front during WWI. It is now 10 years since the Armistice, and Freddie, after a stay in a mental institution, has come to the French Pyrenees to find peace. While motoring through a snowstorm, he crashes his car and ends up in the small village of Nulle, where he meets a beautiful young woman named Fabrissa. In the course of an evening, Fabrissa tells Freddie a story of persecution, resistance, and death, hinting at a long-buried secret. By the next morning, she is gone, leaving Freddie alone to unlock a ghostly mystery hidden for 600 years.

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