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Ghost Wall: A Novel

Ghost Wall: A Novel

Escrito por Sarah Moss

Narrado por Christine Hewitt


Ghost Wall: A Novel

Escrito por Sarah Moss

Narrado por Christine Hewitt

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4/5 (155 valoraciones)
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3 horas
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Jan 8, 2019
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9781250204806
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Descripción

A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior.

The light blinds you; there's a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside.

In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

For two weeks, the length of her father's vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie's father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs-particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind.

The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss's Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the "primitive minds" of our ancestors.

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Sobre el autor

Sarah Moss is the author of Summerwater, a best book of the year in The Guardian and The Times (UK), and Ghost Wall, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a best book of the year in The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Nylon, and other publications, as well as a nominee for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Her previous books include the novels Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, and Signs for Lost Children, and the memoir Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland. She was educated at the University of Oxford and now teaches at University College Dublin.


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  • (5/5)
    Amazing first chapter that haunts you throughout the book. The build up to the final scene in the bog is excruciating. I loved it!
  • (4/5)
    Engaging story. Good characterization of how a victim struggles between placating and rebelling in an abusive relationship,. The interwoven Iron Age history is compelling.
  • (4/5)
    Perfectly narrated. Powerful story of misogyny, abuse, trauma, and survival. Loved it.
  • (5/5)
    Stark, biting portrayal of abuse and power. Striking imagery of the normalization of familial violence.

  • (4/5)
    This was by turns infuriating and depressing. For such a short novel it deals with so many deep, complex topics such as sexism, racism, national identity, gender roles, domestic abuse and sexuality. As a general archaeologist I know only a cursory amount about experiential/ experimental archeology and historical re-enactment as it is not something I am personally involved with. It is generally a legitimate field and does not often degenerate into human sacrifice, as far as I know! Using particular interpretations of the past to support and justify bad behaviour in the present is one of the most heinous and insidious uses of archaeological data, whether by an individual, a group, or a nation and this little tale explores all these levels. This story was most definitely thought provoking and it made me uncomfortable all the way through. The narration was very good. I enjoyed hearing the accents and dialects.
  • (5/5)
    Atmospheric. Excellent pace, slow but building tension. Despicable misogyny and some faithful sisterhood.
  • (1/5)
    Terrible. This book actually made me angry. It was mercifully short.
  • (4/5)

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    A story of a teenage girl and her mum that are being forced by an abusive "father" and a "husband" to take part of an experiment living like stone age Northumbrians. What a despicable human being. To pharaphrase him "that bastard got what was coming for him".

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  • (4/5)

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    Lyrical descriptions of the Northumbrian countryside against which something like Lord of the Flies (almost) unfolds. I'm new to Sarah Moss's work and this book won't be the last of hers I read. Audiobook recommended for the diverse British accents.

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  • (5/5)

    Esto les resultó útil a 2 personas

    Brilliantly written and atmospheric enough to make you wish it were longer, dark and bone-chilling enough to be grateful it isn’t.

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  • (4/5)

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    This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be about. It covered family dynamics, male/female roles, domestic violence, and Iron Age archaeology - really an interesting mix. The character of Sylvie was well drawn and very authentic to a girl of her age and situation. The book gets more and more sinister as it goes on, and I thought that was well done as well. All in all, a very well written and original story. I'd absolutely recommend it. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and hearing the different English accents as well.

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