- Ashingdon, Es, UK
- member since April 7, 2009
I warn you, they are a bit un-put-down-able! And have contributed in no small part to my dropping behind my 52 books reading goal for this year which I am desperately trying to catch up - so thanks again for the recommendation of The Road, which was a great and handily fast read :D
I am reading Justin Cronin's The Passage now, keeping on the post-apocalyptic theme. It has elements which evoke Cloud Atlas, which I loved.
Thanks for the cover to whet my appetite! I love it. I have my usual inbox open all day so no chance of missing your first edition! I have read a couple of novels by the Victorian author, Artuhr Morrison - The Hole in the Wall is probably his neatest. Short and sweet and fully evocative of the 1800s. He wrote this his final novel in 1902 but drew on a life's experiences in Victorian London. I read a fair bit of this sort of thing when I got into family history research to help me understand how my Victorian ancestors lived their daily lives.
The bay is due on 8th Feb so we will have a 22 month old and an infant! Help!!
Excellent, I am glad the stake found a place in your heart Russell- so to speak! There seem to have been many recorded examples of serial killing well before JtR. I think the Whitechapel Murders pretty much defined the term because of their violence, the immediate publicising in newspapers and their similarity to modern cases where prostitutes are often the target. But I have read about some gruesome indivduals in for example France and Russia in the 1700s whose deeds make your spine tingle. I love it!
Yes, the Williamson guy was a scapegoat I reckon. Odd to think there were no Police in those days, the magistrates appeared to do the investigating. Just imagine how you'd be treated if circumstantial evidence pointed to you! No forensics to save the day.
When I do write something of substance my (great) novel will have at least part of its setting in the Victorian East End. I find the era fascinating and repulsive at the same time. I have watched some incredible video footage on YouTube of streets clogged with horse-drawn catrs and carriages, plastered with cheap advertising posters. We haven't really moved on that much!
The Ratcliffe Murders often get a passing mention in JtR books. More like mass murder than serial murder but no less sickening. I just re-read the short Wikipedia article and was reminded that the convicted man, who hanged himself in prison, had a stake driven through his dead heart and was dumped in a shallow grave in the road. Road workers nearly 80 years later dug up his skeleton still with the stake through its ribs! Fantastic!
I will get round to reading a fuller account of the events and I am looking forward to your account of strolling through Wapping. Meantime I reviewed The Reincarnation of Peter Proud if you want to take a peek on here. I think I may write more this year.
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud is a bit of a cult classic. I read it in the 70s and remember it enthralled me. With a lull in the current stream I hunted down an out of print copy on eBay for a dollar! I'm reading it aloud to us in the evenings and it is a page turner. I'll put up a review and a rating when we are finished but I can see it being a 4 or 5.
The story is quite simple but a compelling read. PP has vivid dreams, in one of which he is murdered. He believes they are memories of a former life rather than dreams and sets about locating his former town and family with fascinating consequences. I won't reveal more but would recommend it as a short memorable read. I couldn't find a library here with it but you can probably pick it up for not much more than postage costs like me.
Aha, you spotted my Jack the Ripper library! Yes a pet fascination as you well know and something I often return to. And yes... I wonder if one of my Victorian half-crowns sat in the pocket of the grisly Ripper himself? Or did he lick the back of one of my Penny Reds? The pub was "The Ten Bells" and was a haunt of the Flower and Dean Street prostitutes. Heck you lucky devil.
I'm seriously looking forward to your London walks Russell! I only wish I could join you. What a mountain of culture and history to discover and explore! I know a fair bit about the East End and its relatively recent history. You might try reading Henry Mayhew - he wrote social commengtaries on East End poverty. His character descriptions are fabulously Dickensian and at times terribly sad. I've got London's Underworld and Mayhew's Characters. He was quite a noted historian I believe.
Take care Russell and Happy New Year!
Nope, no bastards but I think of you as my adoptive brother anyway!
My Dad's mum was O'Leary and my mum's mum McAlinden and there are Kellys, Murphys and O'Keefes on both sides. Both came to England with their families before WW1 and never went back. Amazingly one of the White sisters (my great aunt) is still alive. She's 96 and I visited her just before I flew back here. She was born just after they arrived in England though.
(As evident from the surnames, Maritime Canada is chock full of Irish descendants - and Scottish.)
Very good point. He shows us domestic normality which contrasts with his shocks, making them all the more real. I have several favourites (which vary from time to time) including "Pet Semetary." We see the family moving into their new home then the little boy gets run over by a truck - case in point.
Yes I loved the realism of Angela's Ashes, made all the more relevant for me as both my grandmothers were Irish - one Southern, one Northern. I was raised RC and can relate to its stifling atmosphere.
Not too surprised you should be a big fan of The Exorcist! It's right near the top of my list of films, even today. I had a complete collection of all Stephen King's novels but gave them to my son Matt just a few weeks ago. I have read each one multiple times. He is such a convincing writer. I have always been impressed with his command of English and how rich his characters are. Yep, great stuff!