Monday, 22 March 2010
Freaky film and an absorbing ghost story
Somehow or other it turned into Lord of the Rings, and not as funny as we hoped. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.
Recent reading: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters was atmospheric and gripping, but not quite as frightening as I expected. Set in 1947, it's a gloomy story of a decaying mansion in the middle of Warwickshire, a family and indeed a whole class in decline, narrated by a solemn young doctor whose mother used to be a nursemaid at the house. I have my views but I wasn't sure who dunnit, who instigated the polstergeist, if there was one, but almost everybody came to a bad end. This is the first Sarah Waters I've brought myself to read for a while because I found Fingersmith too violent. As Gok said in the TV Book Club, there are no lesbians or sex scenes in this novel. It's very well written, of course, with wonderful descriptions of the Miss-Havisham house, and I'm still thinking about it. An interesting interview here at A Work in Progress. Sarah Waters said she wanted to write about class as much as a haunted house.