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Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country

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Sometimes when we look in the mirror we don't like what we see, but that says far more about ourselves than it does about the world around us. Man muss nicht alles gelesen haben, doch die Namen und wichtigsten Werke sollten zumindest vertraut sein.

It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature. In the months after her death, the house falls into the hands of a distant cousin; since by then most of the old merchant houses of lower Manhattan were gone, he decides to preserve the house as a museum, first opening it in 1936. They were years full of love, though often difficult as her dashing, sociable husband grew increasingly debilitated from multiple sclerosis.

This book moves from the private space of the home to progressively more public spaces—from houses to businesses to civic spaces, and finally to whole cities. Do you think that I still walk through our rooms, that my clothes hang in the closets, our pictures crowd the walls, the bookcases are crammed full, all our belongings remain in place? It truly is a book that lives up to the promise of the front cover (a visual feast of folk horror references!

Finally, GHOSTLAND is a very personal memoir about dealing with and learning to cope with almost impossible painful, personal grief. In addition to stories of ghosts, the author examines several haunted locations, revealing details spanning from the evolution of their (sometimes) bizarre construction to their rise in popularity as a notorious haunt. A marvellous blend of travel writing, history and grief memoir, Ghostland provides not only a seance with the author’s lost family, but also a premonition of his dazzling literary future. Owner of a large hardware firm, he had eight children altogether, the last of whom, Gertrude, was born there in 1840 when Tredwell was sixty. Robert Aickman (June 27, 1914 – February 26, 1981), “author of forty-eight hard to classify ‘strange tales’” and L.P. (Leslie Poles) Hartley (December 30, 1895 – December 13, 1972) are given considerable coverage, especially the latter’s novel, THE GO-BETWEEN (1953). With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living --how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted?

This is just sort of a self indulgent list of books and short, unnconnected and uninteresting facts about them and the au The author really needed to pick what he wanted the book to be, it goes in so many directions that I just couldn't get into it and ends up repetitive and a bit gimmicky.A lively assemblage and smart analysis of dozens of haunting stories… absorbing…[and] intellectually intriguing. Its style, as I noted years ago, is “darting, anecdotal, slightly bemused, possessing a lilting irony that makes for compulsive readability.

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