Angelica

Angelica

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"Angelica is a Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear." "The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family's tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift." "In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother's failing health and the father's many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : 2007
ISBN: 9781400062515
Branch Call Number: AF PHIL

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billt
Jan 17, 2012

ST review 4/8/07 K8. Psychosexual family struggle, with a medium.

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Bookwoman247
Sep 16, 2010

Angelica is a Victorian ghost story with some very dark disturbing psychological themes.

The title character is a little girl who seems to be the focus of hauntings by an evil entity who wishes to harm her and take her innocence.

The hauntings are tied to the conjugal relationship of her parents; the overwrought emotions of her mother and the suppressed emotions and urges of her father.
Narrated in turn by four of the key characters at the center of the hauntings, the story is revealed one piece at a time, like a paneled mural - each panel complete in itself, yet each revealing only part of the whole.

I'm left, at the end of this book, definitely not feeling enthusiastic about it. On the other hand, I liked it well enough to finish it.

I'm very glad that my next planned read is something entirely different. Angelica left me feeling the need for a complete change of pace.

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