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Sleep, Pale Sister (P.S.) review ↠ 103 é Before the sweet delight of Chocolat before the heady concoction that is Blackberry Wine and before the tart pleasures of Five uarters of the Orange bestselling author Joanne Harris wrote Sleep Pale Sister a gothic tourde force that recalls the powerfully dark sensibility of her novel Holy FoolsOrigiBefore the sweet delight of Chocolat before the heady concoction that is Blackberry Wine and before the tart pleasures of Five uarters of the Orange bestselling author Joanne Harris wrote Sleep Pale Sister a gothic tourde force that recalls the powerfully dark sensibility of her novel Holy FoolsOriginally published in 1994 and never before available in the United States Sleep Pale. ‘Sleep Pale Sister’ is an early Joanne Harris novel and has a slightly unformed feeling in comparison to say Chocolat It is a ghostly gothic melodrama chiefly notable to my mind for the variations in character awareness of this The two male narrators sometimes comment wryly that their lives resemble a gothic novel; at other times they forget it and are filled with such uncontrollable dread that they knock back laudanum until the situation improves One of the female narrators meanwhile is the one turning all those depicted into players in a ghostly gothic melodrama To my mind she was by far the most interesting character perhaps because she remained the most mysterious The titular pale sister Effie was largely a pawn and thus pitiful Both leading men however were absolutely hateful Their cavalier attitude can be summed up as ‘Well I wouldn’t say that murdering women was a hobby of mine but it’s bound to happen now and again isn’t it’ The atmosphere of the whole thing is certainly oppressive although I wouldn’t call it frightening The relatively slow pacing creates definite tension and I was intrigued to see how events would play out Nonetheless the inconsistent level of self consciousness within the narrative prevented me from being swept away by it While it does not read as a pastiche of gothic melodrama with a few changes I think it could have Perhaps that would have worked better for me As it was I liked the imagery and theme of the Furies as well as the cats named after them yet found myself observing the characters dispassionately than I’d expect for such a melodramatic book

Joanne Harris ✓ 3 summary

Sister is a hypnotically atmospheric story set in nineteenth century London When puritanical artist Henry Chester sees delicate child beauty Effie he makes her his favorite model and before long his bride But Henry volatile and repressed is in love with an ideal Passive docile and asexual the woman he projects onto Effie is far from the woman she really is And when Effie begins to. This book fit suarely into my super love category Mysterious sensual provocative magical On the cover a reviewer calls this book a hauntingly evocative laudanum dream of a novel and I must say I agree completely I have not read any of Ms Harris's other books and I hesitate to because this book seems to be a departure from her other type of workand since I LOVE this book I imagine her other work might not work for me as well But who knows I might pick up Blackberry Wine But I digressI gave this book five stars because the voice of the author was so strong and the ethereal dreamy weirdness of the book never faltered It jitterbugged between four different narrators in chapters which were sometimes only a few pages long Each voice was clearly recognizable and each character was achingly damaged and seeking to escape past mistakes At the beginning it was kind of hard to keep going but it picked up in the middle and the web of deception and betrayal was cast I just LOVE tragic intense mysticalmagical stories like this one The strange Victorian misogynist viewpoints were also fascinating to read I really liked this book It's probably not for everyone but it's definitely going onto my keeper shelf for when I want a really tragic transporting story

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Sleep Pale Sister P SDiscover the murderous depths of Henry's hypocrisy her latent passion will rise to the surfaceSleep Pale Sister combines the ethereal beauty of a Pre Raphaelite painting with a chilling high gothic tale and is a testament to Harris's brimming cornucopia of talentsThis PS edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book including author interviews recommended reading and. One of Joanne's first and 'lost' books which entices shocks and lulls you into it's gripping clutchesTold in the different voices of the main characters we unravel the story of Henry Chester who has dark hidden secrets and his lovely young wife Effie as they become seduced by dark shadowy characters and drugs into a world of blackmail and intrigueMadness plays a big part in this novel whether it has its roots in drugs temperament grief lust or superstition but we definately see a spiral into a dark and dependant world by both Henry and Effie It's uite a page turner even though there is no amibiguity about the ending as the story goes on the reader knows what will happen but it's no less compelling or chilling for that and it leaves a certain sense of sadness behind for poor Effie I really enjoyed it as Joanne Harris does have a way of getting into your head and making you uestion the charactersIf you have read A Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Nieffergegger you will find a lot of similarities with the ghost theme and cemetries and well I don't want to give the story away but if you enjoyed one you'll probably enjoy the other