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Gillespie and IThe author captures the vocabulary and life style of the nineteenth century admirably including the International Exhibition in Glasgow and art scene of the day The book begins in the 1930 s as Harriet Baxter is writing her memoirs regarding her friendshiplove of Ned Gillespie an artist and his family Through a tragic turn of events they are wrenched apart The flashbacks and her current setting somewhat coincide as mysterious things happen to her in the Lightning Over Bennett Ranch present day as she recounts her brief immersion into the lives of the Gillespie family I wasn trepared to be blown away by this bookIf I m being honest I really enjoyed The Observations and that is the sole reason that I reuested the book when I Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei purchased it for the library I was a bit worried that this would be another Swan Thieves for me but she seems to haveulled off the second novel after the first success uite nicely Speaking of second novels I m still waiting Diane Setterfield It s been six years get your butt in gear I can t really write about the Class Struggles plot without giving anything away I m not aerson to be bothered by spoilers but this is one of those books that you really don t want to know much of before handOne thing that I really loved about this book was that I enjoyed not liking any of the characters Usually I have to like at least one of them to really become vested in a story but this was uite the opposite They were all eually annoying in their own ways but it worked for me because the narration was so spot onAs the book Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) progressed I found myself scratching my head wondering what the hell was going on could I trust the elouent Harriet What s really going on here And by the time I turned the lastage of the book I felt a bit used and abused again because of the genius narration but in a good way that reminded me of the feeling I had upon finishing Fingersmith favorite read of 2010 That all being said I think this is a book that appeals very much to my reading tastes It s set in the UK in the Study to Teach past and it messes with my mind without being too explicit I m not sure that others will uite feel the same way about this book and I m okay with that I wish it had at least made the Booker long list but maybe next time Jane Harris The success of Gillespie I is almost entirely due to itshenomenal narrator Harriet Baxter exceedingly Global Corporations in Global Governance polite utterly manipulative the master of the backhanded compliment and one of the loneliest characters I have ever come across She s theerfect example of a fictional Angels in Harmony person that you loathe so much you love that you appreciate just for the meticulous character development The rest of the novel is excellent too with a slow burning Victorian feel and after youush through the somewhat dry first few chapters you won t ut it down again Although there were a few twists and turns I was expecting most of them robably due to reading with a suspicious eye after skimming various reviews and although it Autumn Brides probably took off a star it still speaks to its strength as a complete and balanced novel rather than something you only remember because it completely suckerunched you Disclosure I received a free copy of this book via a FirstReads giveaway on Goodreads in exchange for an honest reviewIt The Princess and the Three Knights pains me to give this book such a low rating especially since I was so looking forward to reading it and most grateful for having won a free copy from GoodReads s First ReadsrogramI must say that I simply did not care for this book I felt compelled to finish it and wanted to see how it ended but I found myself really not caring about the story and certainly WITHOUT ANY AFFECTION FOR THE MAIN any affection for the main Harriet Baxter She seems nice enough but is written as so The Beauty of Believing proper that I felt very distant from her as a reader even though the book is written from heroint of viewTo summarize without giving too much away Harriet befriends the Gillespie family while visiting Glasgow in the late 1800 s She decides to stay in the city longer and a great tragedy occurs that ends with Harriet on trial a trial that seems to go on for ages with one outlandish accusation after another Before the trial we get to know a bit about Harriet She is English unmarried another Before the trial we get to know a bit about Harriet She is English unmarried of independent financial means She appears to be the type of Sticky Church person who kills with kindness She is just overbearingly helpful and oblivious to the fact that her actions make others uncomfortable at times She comes across as desperate for friendship and approval In the chapters where she is an older woman I found her character to be obsessive strange and uite honestly distasteful The writing was too descriptive at times and I found the book in general to be very tedious It took me 20 days to finish it and that is extremely unusual for me I felt the same issues and situations were revisited over and over again and not much interesting happened and certainly nothing unexpectedPerhaps I missed it but the overwhelming thought in my mind when I finished this book was what was theoint of that I have yet to come up with a decent answer to that uestion I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews of Ms Harris first book The Observations and I will certainly give that title a chance but I sincerely hope it is better than this one See of my reviews at Following the resounding success of my Locus uest I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life so I ve decided to diversify and Forbidden Love Unchained pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY listRegardless of how many books are already ueuedatiently on my reading list unexpected gifts and guilt trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the frontIf I didn t stick to certain rules I would buy books far. As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two birds for company elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acuaintance nearly four decades reviously with Ned Gillespie a talented artist who never achieved the fame she maintains he deservedBack in 1888 the you. Faster than I could ever hope to read them resulting in the sad sad fate of far too many good books languishing unread upon my shelves So I have rules that govern when I may buy a new bookI allow myself eighteen unread books upon my shelves at any one time Why eighteen Because when I look at my to be read shelf here on goodreads using the cover view it shows them in rows of six So three rows of books is a nice neat Christianity pool of eighteen books to select from When I finish a book Iick my next book from the Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, pool of eighteen and then I allow myself to buy another book normally ordered from second hand that very minuteAgain I have my rules The second tier shelf is to buy these are the books I d have already ordered by now if I wasn t sticking to the rules Again I keep it stocked at eighteen books for the same reason it s a good sizedool to select from and looks nice and neat on my screen I m aware I m a bit OCD about this no need to commentWe have two shelves to the system the wanted shelf which I keep a little larger thirty books from which I Alice-Miranda at Camp promote one up to the to buy shelf whenever I have just ordered a book Finally there s my long list shelf which covers everything else I d like to get hold of and from which Iromote a single book up to the wanted shelf whenever an opening arisesSo you see I have this nice co ordinated system of tiered book buying and whenever I finish a book it results in cascading romotions which I love because although I only actually buy one new book there s another two which take a step closer to getting orderedWhich is why gifts and borrowed books are such a est Don t get me wrong I love books and I love being given books but they barge straight into the top shelf of the system often making it overflow The Association of Small Bombs past the magic eighteen and I m forced to delay buying the books I actually wanted to get until I ve read enough books to open that space back up Since I did a tidy up of outstanding unread books after moving house my to be read shelf has been dominated by those books I ve had borrowedboughtgifted This is not ideal so I ve beenushing hard to get some of those cleared off so I can fill those slots with the sci fifantasy novels on my reading list Gillespie and I was a Wilderness Survival Handbook present from my Mum I m not entirely sure why she got it for me she s never read anything by Jane Harris before and she knows exactly what kind of books I love it was my Mum who got me started on Peter Hamilton Dan Simmons and David Mitchell so I mretty sure it was on a whim because the cover art looked great The most exciting thing I can say about Gillespie and I is that now I ve finished it I ve ordered The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valen Are you in the mood for a delicious lurid butt kicking hair raising and guilt free reading experience Literary licks meets cinematic thriller You are here Press Go or run not walk to your guilt free reading experience Literary licks meets cinematic thriller You are here Press Go or run not walk to your book seller or library Grab a seat speed dial food to go call in sick and let the babysitter The White Mans Burden put the kids to bed Ohand don t read the book blurb let yourself be astonished as you burn through this all consuming novel Once the first ninetyages or so go by at a casual clip you will be Visit the Sick pinned like a fly in a spider s webEver since I read Harris debut novel THE OBSERVATIONS I knew that I was in the hands of a first rate writer THE OBSERVATIONS written in theatois of a Scottish scullery maid who narrates the story takes you gradually on a sharp twisting dark tale As in this book it starts out rather chipper and mannerly like a book of habits and manners would do replete with subtly braided social commentary and Dickensian CHARACTERS AND THENIT SEIZES YOU BY THE THROAT IN And thenit seizes you by the throat In it also starts out decorous and Jane Austen like The territory then morphs to something like Poe Both books are what I would call sleepers As in THE OBSERVATIONS this takes Carry Me Over the Threshold place in 19th century Scotland this time in Glasgow rather than EdinburghI ll reveal the set up only Harriet Baxter a British woman in her 30 s of independent means befriends the Gillespie family of Glasgow in 1888 Ned Gillespie is an artist on the rise but still struggling to make ends meet He lives with his wife and their two young daughters Sibyl and Rose As the novel starts out Harriet has saved the life of Ned s mother a hovering gasbag who has fallen down in the street Thus their friendship begins Harriet is narrating the story of their friendship and Ned s ultimate suicide this is revealed on the firstage as Harriet saysWho is left to tell the tale Ned Gillespie artist innovator and forgotten genius my dear friend and soul mateHarriet is writing her memoir from her home in Bloomsbury in 1933 She is now 75 years old and seems lonely but The Courtship Basket proud living in the house with her two beloved finches and an assistant to help with household tasksThere are a few courtroom scenes that are a bit loose at least as far as my understanding of legalroceedings witness examination and cross examination But these are minor irritations and don t spoil the story Moreover I am no expert in 19th century Scottish lawSo find a comfortable spot and settle in for a wild ride Something along the lines of Jane Austen that either skyrockets or Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary plunges into the Bad Seed And then some It is tart tangy and eventually adrenaline fueling Don t let the 500ages daunt you I finished it in two days I was transfixed Jane Harris you have done it again I don t understand why she isn t a celebrated author she is certainly a formidable writer Caveat Lector I am including significant spoiler material in here You hae been warned When I began reading Gillespie and I it was a bit of a compulsion Usually I have two books open at a time one that I tote. Ng art loving Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time of the International Exhibition After a chance encounter she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all of their lives But when tragedy strikes leading to a notorious criminal trial the romise and certa. .

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About with me and another that I dip into just before bedtime While reading Gillespie I used it for both a rare event The format here is Harriet Baxter an old lady in 1933 recalling events that had taken lace over forty years Accidental Pharisees past We spend the bulk of our time in the 19th century wit Review from BadelyngeI ve never been the uickest of readers but this vibrantly written novel weighing in at 500lus ages so engrossed me I devoured it in just 4 days It seemed so innocent at first beguiling me with its engagingly described cast of charactersIn 1933 Miss Harriet Baxter sits in her Bloomsbury apartment tending to her caged finches and writing her memoir of the times she spent with Ned Gillespie over 4 decades earlier an up and coming young artist her dear friend she dubs him her soul mate evenAt once Rating 2 The Book Report There isn t anything I can say that won t be a spoiler here The book description from says As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two et birds for company elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie a talented artist whose life came to a tragic end before he ever achieved the fame and recognition that Harriet maintains he deservedIn 1888 young Harriet arrives in Glasgow during the International Exhibition After a chance encounter with Ned she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives But when tragedy strikes culminating in a notorious criminal trial the certainty of Harriet s new world rapidly spirals into suspicion and despair I think even that is a bit than enoughMy Review If my rating this book with an irrational unknowable eternally expanding number doesn t tell you everything you need to know about how I feel about the book here it is in one sentenceMassive amounts of fun on levels than amusing fun to read books ordinarily have This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License I read Jane Harris s debut The Observations a couple of years ago I thought it was very good but nothing about it really suggested to me that the author would go on to write a minor masterpiece However as soon as I started hearing good things about Gillespie and I I had this feeling I was going to love it something to do with the lot synopsis combined with all the good things I was hearing about it the reviews here so far are overwhelmingly great and of course that absolutely beautiful cover design I really hope they don t alter it for the aperback edition The story is told by Harriet Baxter an elderly woman living alone in London in 1933 She has begun to write a memoir about her acuaintance with a young Scottish artist Ned Gillespie who she describes as a close friend and forgotten genius in 1888 The narrative occasionally revisits Harriet s A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip present day but for the mostart it concentrates on her memories of 1888 a time when as an unmarried woman in her mid 30s she was already sidelined as a spinster and enduring a difficult "relationship with her stepfather and came to develop an intense friendship with the Gillespies Ned his wife Annie their children Sibyl "with her stepfather and came to develop an intense friendship with the Gillespies Ned his wife Annie their children Sibyl Rose as well as Ned s siblings and his comically overbearing mother Elspeth In the beginning Gillespie and I reminded me of nothing than Kazuo Ishiguro s The Remains of the Day and I saw Harriet as a female counterpart to that book s rotagonist Stevens The narrative has the same tone of ennui protagonist Stevens The narrative has the same tone of ennui regret the same faintly nostalgic sense of recalling a life unfulfilled the same suggestions of unreuited love it almost immediately seems uite apparent that Harriet nurtured at the very least an ardent admiration for Ned However mid way through the story the lot takes a completely unexpected turn and this is where writing my review becomes difficult because if I give away the details of what happens it will completely spoil the surprise for anyone who wants to read it and this is a book I would undoubtedly encourage everyone to read Suffice to say a series of unfortunate incidents lague the Gillespie family culminating in a truly awful event the aftermath of which will alter the life of every character involved Mirroring the build up to this climax the elderly Harriet begins to have misgivings about her taciturn companion Sarah which gradually escalate into severe virtually hysterical aranoia Throughout both strands of the narrative Harriet s unreliability as a narrator slowly becomes increasingly apparent I have read some truly great books this year this is my seventh five star review of 2011 and I can think of two or three worthy of four and three uarter stars but Gillespie and I is without a doubt my favourite so far and a strong contender for My Book Of The book of the Am I being way too Introduction to Orthotics presumptuous if I say I hope slash think it will be at least longlisted for the 2011 Booker as well Edited 260711 Yes Jane Harris wuz robbed Reading this book is like unwrapping a denselyadded I-O parcel at first you think you ve got aretty good idea of what it s going to be but as different layers are டணாயக்கன் கோட்டை [Danaayakkan Kottai] peeled away you grow less and less sure of what lies at its heart Despite everything I loved Harriet right to the very lastage her uniue inimitable voice with its Understanding Central Asia pedantic streak her admonishment of another character for saying red chester instead of register really made me laugh heralpable loneliness combined with a conniving and manipulative nature her dry wit and dark humourThis is an exuisitely crafted blackly comic and utterly haunting novel I can tell the unsettling endings of both Vietcong parts of the narrative are going to stay with me for some time and I know I ll want to read the book again A fantastic achievement I can t wait to see what Jane Harris writes next. Inties of this world all too rapidly disorientate into mystery and deceptionFeaturing a memorable cast of characters infused with atmosphere anderiod detail and shot through with wicked humour Gillespie and I is a tour de force from one of the emerging names of British fictio.