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Comments: The Ghost Writer is one of those novels for which I am afraid to Their relationship is a unique one. The author pieces together the story in all its various forms, adding new dimensions right up until the very end. And, far from resolving issues by the end, a good ghost should this story – focuses on the characters, and on the relationships between them. webob.info: The Ghost Writer (): John Harwood: Books. " Does [Alice] have some connection to Gerard's creepy, semi-insane mom? And to . I loved The Ghost Writer from beginning to end but it is not a book for beginners.
My friend Jody read this one back in April, and I had been holding on to an e-mail with her thoughts upon finishing it--I figured I had kept her waiting long enough to share my own. The Ghost Writer is one of those novels for which I am afraid to say almost anything for fear of spoiling the story.
- September 2004
- “The Ghost Writer” by John Harwood
The story builds on itself with each passing page, weaving a complex and captivating story, each thread having a possible deeper purpose in how the story will eventually play out. Her reaction when he discovers a photograph of an unknown woman is extreme and not at all what he expected. A wall had built up between him and his mother, one he did not understand and could not breach even into adulthood.
Their relationship is a unique one. Alice, living in England, is wheelchair bound thanks to an accident that killed her parents.
She would rather meet Gerard standing on her own two feet, an event that might never happen. Through letters the two fall in love, sharing their lives with each other in words. There is also the elderly Abigail Hamish who may have answers Gerard seeks.
Her willingness to help Gerard in his quest open many doors for him that might have otherwise been closed. The first of those documents, an account by solicitor John Montague, is the second narrative strand; its opening will suggest what sort of novel The Seance really is, and provide another example of Harwood's mastery of Victorian prose: I have at last resolved to set down everything I know of the strange and terrible events at Wraxford Hall, in the hope of appeasing my conscience, which has never ceased to trouble me.
A fitting enough night for such a decision, for it is bitter cold, and the wind howls about the house as if it will never cease. I shrink from what I must reveal of my own history, but if anyone is ever to understand why I acted as I did-- and why else attempt this?
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
I shall feel easier in my mind, I trust, knowing that if the case is ever reopened after I am gone, this account may help uncover the truth about the Wraxford Mystery. This, then, is at once a haunted house story and a sensation novel, and intimations of murder, blackmail, child-switching, and fraud will run parallel to accounts of events yet more bizarre. Montague's narrative, with the suggestion of shadowy research into ancient texts, plays out as an antiquarian ghost story written with scholarly distance, after the manner of M.
James or the more stylistically subtle works of H. A third narrator returns to some of the characters from Montague's account, but the events detailed this time offer another spin on spiritualism.
The Ghost Writer
Eventually Constance Langton comes back to the fore in a lengthy section that integrates the varied elements in a satisfying and largely surprising manner. Unreliable narration of an especially tricky kind is involved here, but there are enough hints that the device doesn't feel cheap.
Although the novel's primary focus is not on seances of the type that have captured the popular imagination, its thematic concerns are not far removed from what the opening might have led one to suspect. He goes about it subtly enough that readers caught up in the story may not notice, but Harwood is at pains to capture the precarious state of women in upper-class Victorian society, dependent on male relatives-- fathers, brothers, husbands-- for their financial security and ever susceptible to the threat of poverty or forced institutionalization.
Acknowledging both the hope that spiritualism could give to a society riven by premature death and rationalist skepticism, and the frauds that were often perpetrated to create that hope, the novel refuses to offer a simple verdict on the question of the supernatural.
Anything might exist, and the existence of common trickery cannot rule out real cases of the inexplicable. They formed a connection, fell in "love" as only tweens can doand kept writing for years.
Gerard would pour his heart out in declarations of love, and Alice would do the same, but with caveats - she claimed that she was crippled in a car accident and there's a possibility that she might never walk again, and she doesn't want him to feel sorry for her.
She doesn't want him to see her like that, she doesn't want him to pity her, she doesn't want to meet until she can stand on her own and walk into his arms For at least 13 years. Nearly a decade and a half of being "in love" with someone he'd never met, someone who kept refusing to meet him, someone who kept stringing him along with promises of "soon" I get that as an adolescent he wouldn't know better, would think that it was real and perfect and rewarding even in the fact that it's secret and his own piece of life that isn't controlled.
Maybe even as a teen it wouldn't be too far fetched to keep things going, because his hormones would be running rampant and he'd probably think that if he's just patient, it will all pay off and there will be ALL OF THE SEX. But as an adult? As he's turning 24, 25, Clearly he's shown that the physical isn't important to him, and yet that's the excuse continually called upon for the other party's inaction when it comes to meeting.
Their goals aren't in sync, but he's basically too invested to call it off even though he should have years ago, and doesn't even realize that he's being manipulated.