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The Uninvited de Dorothy Macardle
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The Uninvited (original: 1942; edição: 1942)

de Dorothy Macardle

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A gothic, bone-chilling Irish ghost story first published in 1941 and now brought back into print. The title benefits from an introduction by well-known academic Professor Luke Gibbons and Martin Scorsese and various critics, including William K. Everson and Leonard Maltin, regardThe Uninvitedas one of the best ghost stories ever filmed.… (mais)
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Título:The Uninvited
Autores:Dorothy Macardle
Informação:Literary Guild/Doubleday, Hardcover, 342 pages
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Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:read:2020

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The Uninvited de Dorothy Macardle (1942)

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An old-fashioned ghost story originally published in 1942, The Uninvited for me was not particularly scary, but rather strangely charming. It was quite talky--no surprise that the narrator is a playwright--and I could easily imagine the spirited, oh-so-British young people at the center of the story. The setting of an abandoned house on a cliff overlooking the sea with its maze of rooms and windswept garden comes alive wonderfully through Macardle's prose. I have not seen the movie, but it's obvious how well this book would translate to film. ( )
  sturlington | Dec 17, 2020 |
The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle is a classic haunted house story that was originally published in 1942 and was adapted to film in 1944. Looking to escape the stress and demands of life in London, brother and sister, Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald, find the perfect house on the Devon coast. The house had been empty for some time and the price was right so they snapped it up not knowing that they were soon to be plagued by paranormal events.

The house was the site of the deaths of two women fifteen years ago. A young wife and mother, Mary, and her artist husband’s model and mistress, Carmel. Events surrounding the deaths of these women are murky but it appears that neither one actually died a natural death. Mary’s young daughter, Stella, still lives nearby and is happy and excited to be able to visit the house she was born in. Unfortunately, Stella seems to be the trigger for the apparitions, with one wanting to guard her while the other seems intent on driving Stella to her death.

The Uninvited is one of my favourite ghostly movies and I wasn’t disappointed with the book either. All the classic events of a haunting, from extreme coldness, sounds of sobbing in the night, particular rooms where no one dares to spend much time, and visual sightings that root one to the spot are all scattered throughout the book. The story has a timeless quality and, at first, the disturbances are subtle and easy to dismiss, but as the book goes on, the atmosphere gets darker and darker and extreme danger comes to the forefront. If you enjoy a good but not over-done ghost story that is well written and solidly plotted, I recommend giving The Uninvited a try. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 4, 2020 |
Excellent classic haunted house novel by an Irish feminist. It took me a few chapters to get hooked but by chapter 8 I was unable to put it down! ( )
  KLmesoftly | Nov 18, 2018 |
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The narrator is a young but upper-class Irishman living in London, who decides to move to Cornwall with his sister after a relationship break-up; they buy an empty house from the nearby retired military chap and his cute if troubled grand-daughter. The house turns out not to be quite as empty as they had been led to believe...

It's a ghost story, but a ghost story with a couple of interesting wrinkles. The book casually treats ghosts as a scientifically proven phenomenon operating according to implicitly well-understood laws, with the Irish protagonists (and a Dublin lawyer who is dragged in to help near the end) naturally better equipped to deal with the problem of the haunted house than their English neighbours on the coast of Cornwall. This makes it all a bit less scary - though the moments of terror are still well conveyed - but also more comprehensible. There is a jolly good twist at the end, which I should have seen coming but didn't, linking to interesting issues of sex and gender. I'm not surprised that it made a decent film, and am a bit surprised that I hadn't heard of it before. ( )
  nwhyte | Mar 11, 2018 |
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A gothic, bone-chilling Irish ghost story first published in 1941 and now brought back into print. The title benefits from an introduction by well-known academic Professor Luke Gibbons and Martin Scorsese and various critics, including William K. Everson and Leonard Maltin, regardThe Uninvitedas one of the best ghost stories ever filmed.

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