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The Lost History of Dreams: A Novel (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Kris Waldherr (Autor)

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A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale . All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh's remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne's last book, The Lost History of Dreams. However, Ada's grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle's story of Ada and Hugh's ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. As the mystery of Ada and Hugh's relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert's own marriage--including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn't--things from beyond the grave. Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.… (mais)
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Título:The Lost History of Dreams: A Novel
Autores:Kris Waldherr (Autor)
Informação:Atria Books (2019), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
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A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.
A very intense Gothic mystery that will keep you turning those pages and quite possibly looking over your shoulder. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
My introduction to Gothic fiction was with the romances of Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart and I eagerly awaited their newest books to be published. I loved the big, gloomy houses; the handsome,brooding heroes with hidden secrets; and the young heroines who couldn't help but be drawn to those mysterious men. Mystery and intrigue were usually a part of the plots and The Lost History of Dreams certainly fits this description. There are deaths, a glass chapel hidden in the woods, doomed romances, and yes, ghosts. One of the characters even mentions that "love stories are ghost stories in disguise."

The story opens in 1850 London and it centers around Robert Highstead, his deceased wife Sida, his famous cousin Hugh de Bonne who has suddenly died, and Hugh's deceased wife Ada. There is also Isabelle, Ada's niece, and as the story progresses, there is a mystery about Isabelle's true identity and just how she could possibly know all of the details of Hugh and Ada's marriage. As a postmortem photographer Robert often seems caught between life and death and both he and Isabelle suffer guilt in the deaths of their loved ones. Is it possible for them to work through their individual grief and move on? Will Robert finally understand that Sida is really gone? Is forgiveness possible for two lost and hurting souls?

Lost love, unusual happenings, rich historical detail, and determining what is true and what is imaginary...all of these add to the charm of this story. If you enjoy Gothic fiction, you will certainly find yourself enthralled with The Lost History of Dreams.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts in this review. ( )
  fcplcataloger | Mar 19, 2020 |
Famed poet Hugh de Bonne is dead following his wife, Ada sixteen years earlier. From this, Hugh was thrown into a melancholy that produced some of his most famed works published in The Lost History of Dreams as well as a stained glass chapel where he buried his wife. With Hugh's death, distant cousin Robert Hightstead is charged with carrying out Hugh's last wishes- to be buried next to his wife and have a daguerreotype taken with his corpse in the chapel next to Ada's niece, Isabelle Lowell. Robert is the perfect person for the job since he is currently a post-mortem photographer. However, Robert is dealing with a ghost of his own and doesn't want to leave London for long. Upon arriving to Hugh's home in Shropshire, Robert finds that his task is made much harder by Isabelle who will not let anyone open the glass chapel. Robert and Isabelle finally make a deal where Isabelle will open the glass chapel if Robert will record Ada's story over the course of five nights.

The Lost History of Dreams creates a haunting by hopeful story and a mystery that patiently waits to be unfolded and solved. Every character, object and place has been created with a story and a secret that made we want to keep digging in deeper and deeper. From meeting Robert at the beginning of the story I was very curious about and his past and how that led him to be a post-mortem photographer. As the setting moves to Shropshire in Victorian England, a weight settles upon everything that gives the book a distinctive Gothic, atmospheric feeling. The ghosts in the story are created as characters just as much as Isabelle and Robert. I loved the device of a story within a story as Isabelle tells Robert of Ada and Hugh; through the story some mysteries are solved and others arise. The romance entangles not just the dead, but the living as well as two lost souls untangle death to learn how to live.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ( )
  Mishker | Mar 15, 2020 |
Not bad, but not great. Very drawn out. Author went to a lot of trouble to make Isabelle such an unpleasant jerk so you know she gets to Robert in the end. He's such a twisted sap over his dead wife that it got really annoying even though it was supposed to be loving and sensitive. The whole damn thing was way too loving and sensitive so when our esteemed poet turned out not to be such a perfect man it was kind of nice. ( )
  Bookmarque | Mar 10, 2020 |
This gothic ghost story takes place in England in the 1850s and concerns a daguerreotypist Robert Highstead whose distant cousin has died and left a request in his will that the person, Isabelle Lowell, will inherit Weald House where she is currently residing if she poses for a picture with his coffin inside Ada's Folly the stained glass monument he built for his dead wife. Robert's brother John warns him that Isabelle might not want to pose for a picture and he is being sent there to convince her to do so. Robert is haunted by the vision of his dead wife Sida's ghost and feels that his cousin, the famous poet Hugh de Bonne should be laid to rest next to his dead wife whom he loved dearly.

Isabelle is visited by pilgrims who come to view the study where Hugh stayed for two weeks while the chapel was being built and contains some of his things. She charges for the tour in order to cover the costs of running the house. No one knows where Hugh is as he disappeared years ago after the death of his wife and baby girl who was born stillborn. She does not welcome Robert as he is someone who wants something from her like the pilgrims.

But she agrees to pose in front of the chapel if he takes down Ada's story of her life and writes a published copy of the book. So for five nights, he is to sit with her and write the story of Ada's life. He quickly becomes enthralled with the story and with Isabelle herself who is Ada's cousin. But is she really Isabelle? Did Ada and the baby really die?

This is a really good ghost story in the best gothic sense. You come to care for the characters and hope that Robert can leave his wife and get with Isabelle, though it really seems to be an impossible dream. Isabelle is a very mysterious character that acts cross with Robert one minute and is tender with him the next. The story is a tragic one of two loves gone wrong, both Robert and his wife and Hugh and his and two men who blame themselves for their wives' deaths. I give this book four out of five stars.

Quotes

Hope, Mr. Highstead, is the most unsatisfying of meals. It grants the appearance of substance but melts like ice in the mouth.

-Kris Waldherr (The Lost History of Dreams p 37)

Books were easy, unlike people.

-Kris Waldherr (The Lost History of Dreams p 40)

Happy are those who courageously defend what they love.

-Ovid

I believe the only thing that haunts us are our regrets.

-Kris Waldherr (The Lost History of Dreams p 93)

“The measure of a man’s life is his work,” John explained. “The measure of a man’s life is in who he loves,” Robert countered.

-Kris Waldherr (The lost History of Dreams p 240) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Aug 14, 2019 |
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A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale . All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh's remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne's last book, The Lost History of Dreams. However, Ada's grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle's story of Ada and Hugh's ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. As the mystery of Ada and Hugh's relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert's own marriage--including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn't--things from beyond the grave. Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.

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