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Angelica By Arthur Phillips Angelica When Constance a lowly clerk in a London stationers married Joseph Barton a biological researcher she believed she had found her ultimate husband and protector But after three miscarriages and the

  • Title: Angelica
  • Author: Arthur Phillips
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  • Angelica By Arthur Phillips When Constance, a lowly clerk in a London stationers, married Joseph Barton, a biological researcher, she believed she had found her ultimate husband and protector But after three miscarriages and the troubled birth of their daughter, Angelica, Constance fears for her life In an effort to avoid her wifely duties, she keeps the child in their bedroom for seven years WhenWhen Constance, a lowly clerk in a London stationers, married Joseph Barton, a biological researcher, she believed she had found her ultimate husband and protector But after three miscarriages and the troubled birth of their daughter, Angelica, Constance fears for her life In an effort to avoid her wifely duties, she keeps the child in their bedroom for seven years When Joseph orders their daughter out of the room, Constance begins to fear his intentions, his potentially murderous hatred of her, and his efforts to alienate her from Angelica Sensing the presence of supernatural evil in the house, she calls upon a spiritualist to combat the threats she sees to her life and child, and becomes distraught as her domestic life, and deteriorates into disorder and perceived danger But is Constance right In four sections, each taking a different character s point of view, Angelica proceeds to weave a tapestry of parallel and sometimes conflicting interpretations of the lives of Constance, Ann Montague the spiritualist in whom Constance places her deepest trust Joseph, and, finally, Angelica Nothing here is as it seems.
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    1. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      I was surprised with Angelica and all the imagination behind the story This supernatural tale set in Victorian times not only has a great deal of those glamorous historical aesthetics that the period is known for, but also has numerous chilling paranormal scenes.

    2. Charles Matthews on said:

      Rashomon meets The Turn of the Screw Wilkie Collins rewritten by Vladimir Nabokov There are several high concept ways to describe Arthur Phillips intriguing, sometimes head spinning Angelica It s a wickedly ingenious deconstruction of a Victorian ghost story, but it s also a whodunit, as well as a what , when , where , how and especially whydunit The premise is this Constance Barton, after two miscarriages, gave birth to a daughter whom she and her husband, Joseph, named Angelica The trauma of t [...]

    3. Kurt on said:

      I have just lost an entire Saturday devouring the last half of this extraordinary novel, having my mind exploded and my heart broken and reconstructed and broken again I am an Arthur Phillips fan The Egyptologist A Novel, Prague , and I had high hopes for his third novel, described as a Victorian ghost story that becomes something else I happily flipped through the first section of the book, a somewhat straightforward Victorian ghost story, cheekily mocking the everything in Victorian novels is [...]

    4. Hannah on said:

      I debated between whether to give this 2 stars or 4, so I settled on 3 This is one of the few books I ve read and reviewed where I can honestly admit the jury s still out on whether I disliked it or liked it Strange, no Phillips is a beautiful writer I mean really, really good with creating textured sentences, mind boggling prose If I only had one fifth of this guy s writing ability I d be happy So as far as just enjoying a wonderfully written piece of writing, thislks.It s complex, and deep, an [...]

    5. Moloch on said:

      Arthur Phillips si guadagnato la mia stima grazie a L archeologo, uno dei romanzi pi belli, complessi e dal finale pi sorprendente che abbia mai letto Anche in questo Angelica, di cui appresi ancora una volta grazie a una recensione sul Corriere, l autore si diverte a non farci capire mai dove stia la verit in quello che narra, e dove invece la menzogna o l auto illusione.La vicenda prende spunto da un evento a prima vista banale siamo a Londra, in epoca vittoriana, a casa di Joseph e Constance [...]

    6. Nate D on said:

      Oh Arthur Phillips, you are so frequently interesting, so infrequently engaging Your characters are almost never likeable and your plotlines, even when steeped in the Victorian gothic as here, seem never to develop momentum or tension I want to work with you on this, I really do, as both Prague and especially The Egyptologist show promise, and had potentially gripping motifs, but it is just not working this time Sorry.Alright, I persevered I think a big part of the problem is that the back blurb [...]

    7. Sarahc Caflisch on said:

      In late October, when one is sitting in a one s small warm room staring out into gray wet or bright bright day, one s thoughts cannot help but turn to the supernatural, spiritualists, madness, prisons, children, the sciences, the occult, new brides, old widows, Queen Victoria, Freud, Darwin, pixies, reading rooms, public houses, vivisection,mass murderers, confused constables, dead fathers, weeping mothers, prettier sisters, and reasonable brothers If you are searching for other and possibly in [...]

    8. melydia on said:

      Constance Barton has had enough miscarriages that the doctors now forbid her to have intercourse with her husband, for one pregnancy will likely kill her She begins to fear his every touch, but when a strange spirit seems to be attacking their daughter, she starts to see connections between it and her husband s behavior She hires a spiritualist, but it may already be too late The story is told from four points of view, one after the other, each adding a new layer to the confusion Is there reall [...]

    9. Katherine on said:

      I read Prague a few years back, also by Phillips and like this one it was well written, but lacking something It s the story of a family who is haunted by alternately a ghost or a psychosis take your pick from the perspectives of the main characters involved and presented in three separate sections a lesson in the subjective nature of experience But, the machinations of the author were too transparent I found the first narrator, the mother, very unsympathetic which prevented me from truly suspen [...]

    10. Dani Peloquin on said:

      I finished this book about a month ago but I can t stop thinking about it It has taken me this long to put my thoughts together to finally write this review In many ways, Angelica reminded me of The Turn of the Screw in which a household seems to be plagued by a supposed ghost Similar to the Turn of the Screw, Angelica is set in the 1800s and revolves around a deteriorating family Constance and her husband, Joseph, are in a failing marriage which causes Constance to retreat into herself and her [...]

    11. Nina on said:

      SPOILERS Speculations on ending Pros very well written Victorian style language A few interesting characters and some good psychological thriller elements The book is written from the perspective of several characters, and I thought that was well done, since my opinion of the characters and my mental picture of them changed with each perspective I love the unreliable narrator technique, which was enough to earn the book an extra star on its own, although not nearly in the class of The Turn of th [...]

    12. Marie Tam Turner on said:

      2.5 starsThe book is broken down into four sections each section tells the same story, but from the differing points of view of the four major players in the plot The first section from Constance s the mother point of view is the strongest and has the most supernatural, ghostly feel From there, the story becomes less about the supernatural and about the facts, as the other characters whether from profession Joseph the father Anne the medium or from youth Angelica the daughter do not share Const [...]

    13. Sarah James on said:

      What is truth What is reality These are the questions surrounding a story told in 4 parts This book reminded me of the Hilary and Jackie movie told in two parts, two perspectives, wildly different The reality is you never know what the real story is by the end And that s the point.My 2nd Arthur Phillips I picked up Prague on a whim MANY years ago and remember loving it I enjoy reading books by the same author so was looking forward to another mind bending, if a bit dizzying, writing style I enjo [...]

    14. Guillemette Allard-Bares on said:

      Une m re, soumise malgr sa sant fragile aux envies charnelles de son poux, se met soup onner la pr sence d apparitions qui menacent sa petite fille et fait appel l assistance d une exorciste Entre roman victorien, occulte et psychologie, cet ouvrage est un peu inclassable Narr sous quatre points de vue qui se suivent, c est un v ritable d dale o la v rit prend un malin plaisir pr tendre se laisser entrevoir pour mieux s chapper ensuite Jeune femme maltrait e ou hyst rique sujette aux hallucinati [...]

    15. Cheryl on said:

      This book was terrible It struggled through every page and sometimes had a hard time staying awake Angelica is a advertised to be a ghost story, family tragedy, and mystery rolled up into one The same set of events told from four different characters Sounds promising right It was terrible There is no actual ghost story, and what family tragedy Even after finishing I cannot figure out what actually happened Maybe I am simply not intelligent enough to have understood the story, but I did have to g [...]

    16. Geenyas on said:

      Comparisons to Henry James Turn of the Screw are inevitable, and yet that old chestnut was at its heart a ghost story Angelica is something different, despite the fact that it seems to be categorized as a ghostly tale In the end, I m still undecided whether it is a deceptively brilliant book, or just irritatingly vague and obfuscational in order to suggest something deeper It kept me reading to the end, but undoubtedly many readers will find it frustratingly repetitive with the same narrative re [...]

    17. Susan Liston on said:

      I ve had this book for ages and I ve started it countless times and then bogged down, and stuck it back on the stack Finally I decidedI WILL READ IT And I ve been trying, really I have I only make myself read a chapter at a time, and then I can put it down After a point, what IS the point to doing that If I m not enjoying a book I should jettison it And so I finally skimmed through to the end, which I didn t really get Reading other reviews I see that isn t unusual, the ending is ambiguous Sigh [...]

    18. Amy on said:

      I can t keep reading this book I m about 100 pages in out of 350 or so and I just don t like it It is a ghost story that is supposed to be told from 4 different points of view I m most of the way through the mother s point of view this is the first and longest POV and I am just bored to death and importantly, I don t care at all I picked this book up because it was recommended by Stephen King in an EW article but I don t think I can finish I tried to pause this book for a while and read somethi [...]

    19. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      In Angelica, the talented Arthur Phillips Prague, 1 2 Nov Dec 2002 pays homage to Henry James s famous ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, but piles on multiple viewpoints to add maddening and obscure layers to the story Reviewers loved the way Phillips tackles Freudian issues and shows how men and women process the same narrative differently His pacing may strike some as slow__it is a Victorian novel, after all__but it yields a chilling, surprising tale of great psychological depth Readers seek [...]

    20. Matt Schiariti on said:

      I wanted to like this book, I really wanted to like this book I read it in only a couple days, not because I was utterly enthralled by the story but because I couldn t wait to be done with it.It s a ghost story Or is it I can t possibly say after having read the whole thing.One good thing about the book is that it s told in four parts, each focusing on the same story through the perspective of each of the four main characters That in itself could have been pretty interesting if it weren t for th [...]

    21. Robyn on said:

      As Randy Jackson would say, This one was just okay for me, Dawg The book jacket s promise of a Victorian ghost story had me intrigued, but as I continued through the story, I kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did Part one is written from the point of view of Constance, the mother This section was interesting Where it lost me as an interested reader was in parts two and three where the story is told again and then yet again from the point of views of two major characters [...]

    22. Legsoffury on said:

      I listened to this as a book on cassette My disclaimer to the readers of this review is that the annoying voice of the narrator on the cassette tapes may have effected my judgment of the book.This was agony to get through I appreciated the unique viewpoints but all of the characters were deplorable I simply could not get into it without a single likable character It s not just that they were not likable, I really tried to like them, and ended up detesting them all I found myself yelling at the c [...]

    23. Ruthiella on said:

      Angelica begins as a Victorian ghost story and ends as a psychological novel In a manner similar to The Instance of the Fingerpost , the story is told and retold first from the view of the hysterical, haunted mother, then the charlatan spiritualist and finally the cold, domineering father, manipulating the readers perspective, fears and sympathies each time The final entry is sure to frustrate some readers and please others Like in The Egyptologist, Phillips plays with truth and perception If ea [...]

    24. Chandra on said:

      I thought this book would be cool from the review I read on the blog The Millions, but I had a hard time getting into it I had a hard time caring about the plight of the main character in the first part of the book and got tired of the constant avoid sex games whether she didn t get knocked up and lived, or got knocked up and died was not relevant in my opinion I was hoping she would get knocked up and die off and then we could move on to the psycho freak husband or kid Anyway, I returned that b [...]

    25. Alicia on said:

      I remember not really liking Phillips The Egyptologist, but this has been getting good reviews and the descriptions seemed intriguing a Victorian ghost story, a terrible family tragedy, etc Each of the four protagonists has a turn narrating the novel, which isn t a ghost story, and the tragedy is debatable Then ending is really stupid and totally unsatisfying Maybe this would be a better book if it wasn t billed as all spooky and cool, since it is neither of those things, but is primarily annoyi [...]

    26. Julie on said:

      Hated this book with a burning passion Terribly written, terrible characters, stupidest plot.just one of the worst books I ve ever read though I couldn t finish it I really liked Phillips The Egyptologist, so this one was really disappointing This book was so bad, it actually really pissed me off

    27. Louise on said:

      I ve come away from this, not really knowing which version of events was true, and what happened at the end, and who believed what and all manner of other things.will give me something to think about

    28. Debbie on said:

      It s called a Victorian ghost story , and part of the Turn of the Screw genre, but I think Phillips has outdone james The story is told as a Rashemon, from everyone s perspective and your torn in pieces not knowing what to believe Very absorbing.

    29. emily on said:

      totally underwhelminge egyptologist was witty and surprising and had such a great sense of fun this was the opposite it plodded it was heavy handed the entire plot was immediately guessable and, frankly, I could hardly stand to go along to see that my guesses got borne out.

    30. Shan on said:

      Nice and creepy, with a whole passel of possibly unreliable, definitely repressed Victorian narrators.

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