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The Woman in Black
A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. On a crisp Christmas eve, the elderly Arthur Kipps rests contentedly in front of a roaring fire, surrounded by his stepchildren and loving wife Esme.
It is only now, after so many years, that Arthur puts his pen to paper and tells the story that haunts him — the story that keeps him up at night shaking with terror, the reason for his distress this Christmas night.
Arthur writes of a time, many years earlier when he was a young man, engaged to a lovely young woman, and only starting to make his way in the world as a solicitor. Assigned the task of sorting out the affairs of recently deceased client, the reclusive widow Alice Drablow, Arthur is sent to the small farming town of Crythin Gifford. From the start of his trip, something seems off — every time he attempts to speak with townspeople about the deceased Mrs. Drablow, he is met with deflection, blank faced fear, or completely ignored.
Frustrated but eager to do his job, Arthur dismisses the cryptic warnings of the townspeople as superstitious nonsense and makes his way to the desolate and secluded Eel Marsh House. Situated on the marshes at the edge of the town, a place where sea and land are nigh indistinguishable, Eel Marsh House sits quietly, waiting for Arthur.
Travel to the house is treacherous and can only be reached by pony and trap on the Nine Lives Causeway — a road that is completely submerged and impossible to traverse once the tide comes in each night. Despite the desolation of the home, despite the words of caution from the town, Arthur takes to the house and decides to stay there — no use making a cab come back and forth for him every day — until he has concluded his business.
And dear readers, it is perfect. An atmospheric ghost story of the gothic persuasion, The Woman in Black is spine-chilling, traditional horror at its best. I am so very glad I read this book. A slim volume at under pages, The Woman in Black packs quite the punch and is an exercise in restraint — part of the reason I personally feel that many horror novels fail is because of a desire to pack in as much possible descriptive language as possible, as well as a tendency towards unnecessary lengthy explanation.
And, like the best storytellers, this author knows when her tale is done, and that the most horrific and frightening things are best left stated sparsely as the end of the novel proves. There are no tawdry descriptions of cobwebbed halls or specters bathed in blood, wailing pathetically as they roam the halls of a haunted manor — rather, Ms. The success of The Woman in Black hinges entirely on description — but instead of describing the spectacle of ghosts, Susan Hill focuses on description of setting.
I loved the palpable sense of hopelessness and isolation as Arthur recounts the still beauty — and malevolence — of the solid stone manor at the edge of the world. What better place to lay a story of despair and hate, of unfulfilled vengeance and desire for death? For, even as the adroitly detailed setting is what makes the novel succeed, at its heart, The Woman in Black is a ghost story about a specter with unfinished business, and Arthur, our unfortunate narrator, the man who catches her attention.
As straightforward and traditional a tale as this is, it works. In terms of writing, I would be remiss if I did not mention Ms. Like Eel Marsh House, caught between land and sea, so too is narrator Arthur Kipps torn between an age of rationality and the Victorian superstitions and ghost stories of the past.
This struggle expertly characterizes Arthur and his narrative throughout, and it makes him more than just a talking head for a ghost story by humanizing his flawed, unfortunate character. Ultimately, The Woman In Black does exactly what it should — it creeps, it unsettles, it horrifies. Absolutely recommended — and I am making Ana read it immediately. Yes, the trailer looks like it takes many liberties with the story — including a puzzling preoccupation with dolls?
Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. Her Simon Serrailler detective novels are also great: the first one, The Various Haunts of Men , is especially stunning. I went to see the film the other day and was very jumpy, i dont know how it has been classified as a 12a?!
So I […]. I have only just seen the movie, and I was glad to see they changed something where Susan Hill was, I fear, wrong. In the book it is made clear that Eelmarsh House has mains electricity, which would not have been the case before about in such a remote place. I really love the book! The sense of mystery pervades throughout.
I actually liked the movie better then the book! The woman was reunited with her son and Aurthor and his son reunited with his wife. I think the woman did a good deed at the end of the movie! The woman was reunited with her son and Arthur and his son reunited with his wife. Why does the ghost open the nursery door when an unwelcome visitor is there?
Does the filching of a half-burnt candle set her off? Why was the room trashed? How does half a cup of water remain un-evaporated for 60 years? Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Review: On a crisp Christmas eve, the elderly Arthur Kipps rests contentedly in front of a roaring fire, surrounded by his stepchildren and loving wife Esme.
By Thea. Paige December 26, at pm Her Simon Serrailler detective novels are also great: the first one, The Various Haunts of Men , is especially stunning. Abbie February 16, at am I went to see the film the other day and was very jumpy, i dont know how it has been classified as a 12a?! Too Afraid To Read? Colin August 27, at am I have only just seen the movie, and I was glad to see they changed something where Susan Hill was, I fear, wrong. Herobrine December 1, at am I really love the book!
Anonymous January 24, at am jkglk. DS October 21, at am I actually liked the movie better then the book! Anonymous November 17, at pm LOL, movie was so funny.
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The Woman in Black
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First published in , The Woman in Black is Susan Hill's best-loved novel, and the basis for the UK's second longest ever running stage play, and a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets - and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent
The Woman In Black
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The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story (Paperback)
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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. I don't know if it was because of the hype of the book, or Susan Hill's atmospheric descriptions, but The Woman in Black was giving me goosebumps from the start.
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A classic ghost story: the chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Woman in Black - London
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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, First Edition
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The Woman in Black is a horror novel by Susan Hill , written in the style of a traditional Gothic novel. The plot concerns a mysterious spectre that haunts a small English town. A television film based on the story, also called The Woman in Black , was produced in , with a screenplay by Nigel Kneale.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black — and her terrible purpose. Recently, I read a blog post by Lydia Schoch where she mentioned the book, and my interest was piqued. Would I be able to manage the book, I wondered, after failing so miserably with the film, even the remake? With encouragement from Lydia, I decided to be brave.
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