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Per British lady the world sees These are sufficient to generate slight grins but there is not a guffaw in sight Clearly the intent is to show us something about Harriet and not effect raucous laughter Harris ffers less than complimentary views f reporters and the extant legal system as well For those looking for a bit f symbolism 1933 Harriet names her greenfinches Layla and Majnum for star crossed lovers f Arab legend She also deconstructs the nests these birds make shaking any eggs produced until they are no good What are we to think this reveals about her behavior so many years back Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is mentioned encouraged by a reference to a relation in Switzerland Further someone is framed for a small crime in the same way as happens in the lder work Later Annie imagines herself as a bird looking in someone s window always an Sticky Stanley outsider somewhat like the big guy Surely a single womanf independent means in 1888 Glasgow is by definition an utsider And Harriet s affection for the very married Ned makes her an utsider to romance as well Ned is also described as an The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution outsider in the art worldf Glasgow echoing the theme Is there any chance for utsiders to work their way in to acceptanceAnd this being Scotland there must be a bit f Calvinist predestination in the airTry as we might we cannot escape the inescapable we are all f us doomed to live ut Yes, You Can!: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas for Work, Home, and Happiness our destinies like the servant in the fable who hopes to elude death by fleeing to Samarkandnly to find upon his arrival in the town that Death is there waiting for him after all Is everything pre destined Certainly the utcomes here seem governed by ungovernable forces Sibyl s behavior with her father may r may not be highly Oedipal Harriet s residence for a time is a place called Merlinsfield which certainly suggests something magical Another character has a Regan moment resonant f The Exorcist but without the supernatural implicationsHarris draws the reader in with her proper but charming Harriet and a lively extended Scottish family In addition Harriet is a doer f good deeds which certainly encourages Wolverine: The Long Night our allegiance But I felt that the movementf the story all but ceased when Harriet was brought to trial Harriet in peril after we have gotten to know her can be gripping reading And yet I found that much Black Leopard, Red Wolf of it was not view spoilerI kept hoping that there would be a big reveal about Harriet references to clues that Harris had planted earlier in the story to show us that Harriet was not what we supposed her to be But it was not to be and thus the story peteredut hide spoiler 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 Short Eyes: A Play or run not walk to your nearest book sellerr library Grab a seat speed dial food to go call in sick and let the babysitter 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 ninety pages r so go by at a casual clip you will be 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 f a first rate writer THE OBSERVATIONS written in the patois The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories of a Scottish scullery maid who narrates the story takes you graduallyn a sharp twisting dark tale As in this book it starts Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie out rather chipper and mannerly like a bookf habits and manners would do replete with subtly braided social commentary and Dickensian characters And thenit seizes you by the throat In GILLESPIE it also starts ut 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 place in 19th century Scotland this time in Glasgow rather than EdinburghI ll reveal the set up nly Harriet Baxter a British woman in her 30 s f independent means befriends the Gillespie family f Glasgow in 1888 Ned Gillespie is an artist Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) 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 startsut Harriet has saved the life f Ned s mother a hovering gasbag who has fallen down in the street Thus their friendship begins Harriet is narrating the story f their friendship and Ned s ultimate suicide this is revealed n the first page 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 ld and seems lonely but 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 f legal proceedings
Witness Examination And Cross Examination examination and cross examination 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 f Jane Austen that either skyrockets r plunges into the Bad Seed And then some It is tart tangy and eventually adrenaline fueling Don t let the 500 pages 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 Following the resounding success f my Locus uest I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice f life so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY listRegardless f how many books are already ueued patiently Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy 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 faster than I could ever hope to read them resulting in the sad sad fatef far too many good books "Languishing Unread Upon My "unread upon my So I have rules that govern when I may buy a new bookI allow myself eighteen unread books upon my shelves at any Greetings! one time Why eighteen Because when I look at my to be read shelf heren goodreads using the cover view it shows them in rows f six So three rows f books is a nice neat pool Tribeca of eighteen books to select from When I finish a book I pick my next book from the poolf eighteen and then I allow myself to buy another book normally Grey's Lady 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 alreadyrdered 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 sized pool to select from and looks nice and neat Blue Streak 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 promotene up to the to buy shelf whenever I have just The Asketikon of St Basil the Great ordered a book Finally there s my long list shelf which covers everything else I d like to get holdf and from which I promote a single book up to the wanted shelf whenever an pening arisesSo you see I have this nice co rdinated system f tiered book buying and whenever I finish a book it results in cascading promotions which I love because although I nly actually buy ne new book there s another two which take a step closer to getting
orderedWhich is why gifts and borrowed books are such a pest Don t get me wrong I is why gifts and borrowed books are such a pest Don t get me wrong I books and I love being given books but they barge straight into the top shelf f the system Thoroughly Disarmed often making itverflow 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 pen that space back up Since I did a tidy up f After the Ashes 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 been pushing hard to get somef those cleared The Angry Planet off so I can fill those slots with the sci fifantasy novelsn my reading list Gillespie and I was a 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 Melody's Key of books I love it was my Mum who got me startedn Peter Hamilton Dan Simmons and David Mitchell so I m pretty sure it was n 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 rdered The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship A Chance Acquaintance of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente That s not to say it was a bad book it is actually a very clever and well written book it s just not a book I would have chosen to read and it didn t pack enough wowpunch to make a convertf me So let s review the actual book then shall we SPOILERS AHEAD DI. Ng art loving Harriet arrives in Glasgow at the time f the International Exhibition After a chance encounter she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in all f their lives But when tragedy strikes leading to a notorious criminal trial the promise and certa. I read Jane Harris s debut The Observations a couple f years ago I thought it was very good but nothing about it really suggested to me that the author would go n 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 plot synopsis combined with all the good things I was hearing about it the reviews here so far are The Wallflower's Revenge overwhelmingly great andf course that absolutely beautiful cover design I really hope they don t alter it for the paperback 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 ccasionally revisits Harriet s present day but for the most part it concentrates n her memories War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 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 and Rose as well as Ned s siblings and his comicallyverbearing mother Elspeth In the beginning Gillespie and I reminded me Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World of nothing than Kazuo Ishiguro s The Remainsf the Day and I saw Harriet as a female counterpart to that book s protagonist Stevens The narrative has the same tone f ennui and regret the same faintly nostalgic sense f recalling a life unfulfilled the same suggestions f 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 plot takes a completely unexpected turn and this is where writing my review becomes difficult because if I give away the details f 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 Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills of unfortunate incidents plague the Gillespie family culminating in a truly awful event the aftermathf which will alter the life Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together 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 paranoia Throughout both strandsf 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 f 2011 and I can think f two Blue Blood or three worthyf four and three uarter stars but Gillespie and I is without a doubt my favourite so far and a strong contender for my book The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of the year Am I being way too 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 densely padded parcel at first you think you ve got a pretty good ideaf what it s going to be but as different layers are peeled away you grow less and less sure Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of what lies at its heart Despite everything I loved Harriet right to the very last page her uniue inimitable voice with its pedantic streak her admonishmentf another character for saying red chester instead It's Like This of register really made 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 pet birds for company elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the storyf her friendship with Ned Gil Review from BadelyngeI ve never been the uickest The Mirage of readers but this vibrantly written novel weighing in at 500 plus pages so engrossed me I devoured it in just 4 days It seemed so innocent at first beguiling me with its engagingly described castf charactersIn 1933 Miss Harriet Baxter sits in her Bloomsbury apartment tending to her caged finches and writing her memoir f the times she spent with Ned Gillespie ver 4 decades earlier an up and coming young artist her dear friend she dubs him her soul mate evenAt Rituels secrets des Templiers once we are informed that her friend Gillespie and his young family are ill fated that the tale will end in tragedy a tragedy so deep that the young man will destroy his life s work and take hiswn life The first half f the book follows Harriet then a thirty something spinster as she relocates from London to Glasgow after the death f her Aunt a woman who had brought her up after the death A Mild Suicide of her mother In 1888 Glasgow hosts the first International Exhibition and Harriet decides to rent rooms nearby to take in the spectacle A chance encounter amusingly recounted through Harriet s memoir brings her into therbit Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of the Gillespie family her timely extractionf half a set Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of dentures from the backf an Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church old lady s throat who turnsut to be Ned s mother is the first step n the road to what lies ahead Over several months Harriet becomes almost part "Of The Household Finding "the household finding after pportunity to ingratiate herself among themJust as we start to get comfortable with the happy set up Harriet reminds us that there are dark times ahead a trial even though what crime is looming and who is to stand accused is left unsaid Although leisurely the narrative at no stage bored me Despite its length I was always either entertained r intrigued I was fascinated by the complicated family dynamic the Victorian detail the depiction f Glasgow and its characters both fictional and historical and Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of course Harriet s colourful andften acerbic Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 observations It s fairly apparent that Harriet at times does resort to being manipulative she s prone to bias and there s something uiteff kilter in some Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale of her references to her stepfather and Ned her so called soul mate but I still found myself liking her The second halff the novel deals with the break down f the Gillespie family and the trial I hold my hands up and admit I was completely wrong footed by how things progressed I ll not say any as I d be risking straying into spoiler space Suffice it to say that the conclusion doesn t disappointI would heartily recommend this *book as a great summer read perfect for that sunny afternoon in the garden though I must warn you that you *as a great summer read perfect for that sunny afternoon in the garden though I must warn you that you not notice the sun n your face Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) or the pleasant bird song in the treesr the bees in the Buddleia not if you sink as deep into Harriet Baxter s world as I didThis review was from an Advance Reading Copy 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 f a compulsion Usually I have two books pen at a time Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian one that I tote 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 anld lady "In 1933 Recalling Events " 1933 recalling events had taken place Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time over forty years past We spend the bulkf ur time in the 19th century with ccasional interludes in 20th Century London as Harriet writes her memoirThe 1888 version f Harriet seems a good egg I picture Anna Maxwell Martin in the role She is in her mid thirties having spent her youth taking care f lder relatives in London With the passing f the last Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of these she has inherited enough to allow her to live decently without having to work She heads north to Glasgow at the timef the Great International Exposition In a chance encounter she saves the life Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of Elspeth Gillespie the Gillespie family matriarch and becomes a fixture in Elspeth s family Not leastf these is Ned Gillespie a young artist The Reformation (World History Series) of considerable promiseThe family is a mixed bunch Ned is married to Annie an aspiring artist as well and they have two daughters the pretty and agreeable Rose and the probably sociopathic Sibyl Harriet becomes a freuent guest practically partf the family not nly reveling in their company but eager to help ut The Gillespies are not uite starving artists as they Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One own a small business and employ a maid but as far as the local art world goes they are definitelyn the lower rungs Harriet tries in particular to help NedOver time problems with the family emerge Ned s brother Kenny has a secret Sibyl keeps demonstrating that there is something wrong with her Annie and Elspeth are not the best Date With A Dead Doctor of friends When a kidnappingccurs family strains come to the fore When Harriet is accused f the crime we have to wonder if there was something we missed Jane Harris image from The Irish TimesHarris tempers her less than lovely look at late 19th Century Scotland with a bit f levity She Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) offers lightly comedic portrayalsf Elspeth in particular Ned s sister Mabel and Harriet s wealthy but reclusive stepfather Ramsay These critical views Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of characters are via the eyesf Harriet who we see is less than the Witchopoly one hundred percent pro. As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two birds for company elderly Harriet Baxter setsut to relate the story f her acuaintance nearly four decades previously with Ned Gillespie a talented artist who never achieved the fame she maintains he deservedBack in 1888 the you. VERS ALARUMS I say this nice and clear because this review is going to be spoilerific so if you re planning to read this book soon you really should NOT keep reading Gillespie and I is a story about an English spinster Harriet Baxter in the 1880s She moves to Glasgow after her Aunt dies and soon befriends the Gillespie family promising working class painter Ned his wife Annie his verbearing mother Elspeth and his two young daughters Sybil and Rose To begin with we follow the trials and tribulations Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro of the Ned s domestic and professional life Sybil is a naughty little girl and it s hard to break through as an established painter There arevertones f foreboding regarding how sinister Sybil can be and that something horrific happened to Ned s youngest Rose Around the half way point Rose goes missing Months later the little girl s body is found in a shallow grave Very uickly afterwards Harriet is arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder The latter part f the book follows the trial and the crown s case that Harriet was bsessed with worming her way into the Gillespie s home and driving Ned s family away from him ne by Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) one She s accusedf hiring some goons to kidnap the girl they were meant to return her unharmed but there was an accident during the getaway and she sustained a blow to the head and later died The story is told as Harriet s memoire she was cleared Boarding House of Hunks of all charges and now anld lady is telling her side f events There s a second thread modern day around 1920 I think regarding Harriet s life now and in particular her new live in maid Sarah Again there s tints and foreboding that Sarah is actually the mad daughter f the Gillespie s Sybil come for her revengeIt s a great example Bec (The Demonata, of the unreliable narrator this is Harriet s versionf events and there are hints scattered throughout that her interpretation is biased despite all attempts to portray herself as a reasonable and The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins objective witness Before long there s little doubt that Harriet s versionf events is untrue possibly delusional and it s down to the audience to read between the lines and piece together the true chain f eventsThe image f Harriet that emerges is a complex psychologically perhaps pathologically damaged woman who is very bright very articulate and has completely divorced her good identity the angle f mercy from the scheming devious manipulative bitch she truly is She believes every word f her lies and papers ver the cracks with meticulous detailAs mentioned in my introduction this isn t my normal kind f book This is Mann Booker fare This is Literature I m a genre geek I can t think Our Planet: Our Home of any books I ve read with protagonists like this but I have seen films that are comparable Notesn a Scandal Match Point and The Talented Mr Ripley are three that spring to mind They re creepy They re Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 often described as psychological thrillers It s not a subgenre I m fondf It s a kind f storytelling in which I can appreciate the skill and subtlety f the storytelling the careful tightrope walk Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of doubt empathy and disgust the protagonist elicits but I ve never really enjoyed it If anything Gillespie and I is a harder sell all threef those films are motivated by distorted forms f love You never get the sense that Harriet is in love with Ned but she s bsessed with his attention perhaps as a surrogate father figureThe book is superbly written there s no doubt about that Wonderfully sketched characters dialogue and detail and the multi layered delusiontruth in the telling is never conceited r convoluted I can point to no flaws I simply did not enjoy itThe final poignant moment where the mad ld bat looks up at the picture f The Studio above her fire and it s presence there completely bliterates any shreds f doubt that was very nicely done That almost earned it a fourth star but that was an n the spot reaction which uickly faded Gillespie and I gets a respectful three stars from meAfter this I read My War Gone By I Miss It So Disclosure I received a free copy A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of this book via a FirstReads giveawayn Goodreads in exchange for an honest reviewIt 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 Reads programI 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 character Harriet Baxter She seems nice enough but is written as so proper that I felt very distant from her as a reader even though the book is written from her point f viewTo
Summarize Without Giving Too Much without giving too much 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 ccurs that ends with Harriet n trial a trial that seems to go n for ages with In the End oneutlandish accusation after another Before the trial we get to know a bit about Harriet She is English unmarried and f independent financial means She appears to be the type f person who kills with kindness She is just verbearingly helpful and blivious to the fact that her actions make thers uncomfortable at times She comes across as desperate for friendship and approval In the chapters where she is an lder woman I found her character to be bsessive 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 ver and ver again and not much interesting happened and certainly nothing unexpectedPerhaps I missed it but the verwhelming thought in my mind when I finished this book was what was the point The Age of Treachery of that I have yet to come up with a decent answer to that uestion I have heard nothing but wonderful reviewsf Ms Harris first book The Observations and I will certainly give that title a chance but I sincerely hope it is better than this ne See f my reviews at The success f Gillespie I is almost entirely due to its phenomenal narrator Harriet Baxter exceedingly polite utterly manipulative the master
of the backhanded compliment and ne f the loneliest characters I have ever come across She s the perfect example the backhanded compliment and ne Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of the loneliest characters I have ever come across She s the perfect example a fictional person that you loathe so much you love that you appreciate just for the meticulous character development The restf the novel is excellent too with a slow burning Victorian feel and after you push through the somewhat dry first few chapters you won t put it down again Although there were a few twists and turns I was expecting most f them probably due to reading with a suspicious eye after skimming various reviews and although it probably took ff a "star it still speaks to its strength as a complete and balanced nove "it still speaks to its strength as a complete and balanced nove wasn t prepared 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 purchased it for the library I was a bit worried that this would be another Swan Thieves for me but she seems to have pulled When a Man Loves a Woman off the second novel after the first success uite nicely Speakingf 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 plot without giving anything away I m not a person to be bothered by spoilers but this is ne f those books that you really don t want to know much Keep From Falling of before handOne thing that I really loved about this book was that I enjoyed not liking anyf the characters Usually I have to like at least Catalogue the Insanity onef them to really become vested in a story but this was uite the Blessed Homecoming opposite They were all eually annoying in theirwn ways but it worked for me because the narration was so spot Shrek onAs the book progressed I found myself scratching my head wondering what the hell was goingn could I trust the elouent Harriet What s really going n here And by the time I turned the last page f the book I felt a bit used and abused again because Look Alikes Jr. of the genius narration but in a good way that reminded mef the feeling I had upon finishing Fingersmith favorite read f 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 past and it messes with my mind without being too explicit I m not sure that thers will uite feel the same way about this book and I m Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin okay with that I wish it had at least made the Booker long list but maybe next time Jane Harris The author captures the vocabulary and life stylef the nineteenth century admirably including the International Exhibition in Glasgow and art scene Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of the day The book begins in the 1930 s as Harriet Baxter is writing her memoirs regarding her friendshiplovef Ned Gillespie an. Inties He Remembers the Barren of this world all too rapidly disorientate into mystery and deceptionFeaturing a memorable castf characters infused with atmosphere and period detail and shot through with wicked humour Gillespie and I is a tour de force from The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf onef the emerging names f British fictio.