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10 thoughts on “The Greatcoat

  1. says:

    Another alleged ghost story but not uite a ghost story It is set in 1954 in the East Riding of Yorkshire amongst the old airfields of world war two now abandoned and beginning to crumble Dun write well about Britain just after the wa

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    To be honest the cover probably is the thing that got me to buy the book Sure the blurb about a time slip an RAF ghost and a mystery did help but I can't help it I absolutely love that cover So it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I write this review It's not like the book is bad it's just not so fantastic that I hoped it to be I did like the story I just did not love it I found the premise of the story in

  3. says:

    What a haunting chilling yet beautifully constructed ghost story I had never heard of this before picking it up but I'm SO glad I took a chance

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    SPOILERS Set in post war North England a newly married couple settle into their first flat which is a cold and cramped place below their landla

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    If we consider The Novella Club's definition that a novella has fewer than 200 pages then The Greatcoat should certainly be viewed as one And seen as novella rather than novel it might be received better by readers for its slender but powerful story Like James' great novella Turn of the Screw The Greatcoat is a ghost story

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    Abandoned wartime airfields in uiet and lonely rural locations retain a haunting sense of the past Today the roar of bombers has been replaced by birdsong and the concrete runways by harvest fields of waving corn but many of the perimeter roads and buildings still exist today in some shape or form These sites

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    If you are wondering I didn't read this book uickly because it was good or gripping or had me racing to the end because of anticipation and sheer horror No I finished it uickly because the writing was so simplistic I slipped throug

  8. says:

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed itA very atmospheric book with great descriptive writing that allowed me to imagine the scene the author was setting and because I live in the County the book was set in imagine I didAlthough it is meant to be a ghost story it isn't in the s

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    Right I will start by saying that there are some great reviews of this book which go in to greater detail on the book This as usually is my thoughts and musing after completing reading the bookI will admit that I have heard a lot about this book both from the fact it was from Helen Dun an established and renow

  10. says:

    As you all know I love a ghost story and The Greatcoat started off as a very good example of the genre perfect for those times when you want a

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REVIEW ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Helen Dunmore

In the winter ofIsabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her husband Philip a GP With Philip spending long hours on call Isabel finds herself isolated and lonely as she strives to adjust to the realities of married lifeWoken by intense Another alleged ghost story but not uite a ghost story It is set in 1954 in the East Riding of Yorkshire amongst the old airfields of world war two now abandoned and beginning to crumble Dun write well about Britain just after the war with rationing still in place and in a small town The shadows of the war are long and still strong It is a straightforward story Isabel and Philip are newly married Philip is a newly ualified doctor and they have moved into their first flat together in a strange new town Philip whilst caring is a man who feels his wife should not work Isabel is in a new town with no friends and feels a bit like a piece of china wrapped in cotton wool There is also a strange and rather uncommunicative landlady The flat is cold we are before central heating and Isabel finds an old army greatcoat in a cupboard Using the greatcoat for warmth Isabel starts to dream and one evening hears a knock on the window Outside is a young airman who seems to want to come in Initially she does not let him in Philip is out on night calls Eventually one evening she lets him in Isabel often walks during the day and a few miles away is an abandoned airfield which she occasionally explores One day it is a fully working airfield I think at this point I might have uestioned in some way what was happening perhaps even sought help The airman is called Alec and is the pilot of a Lancaster bomber it is a bomber base nearby An affair develops The reader is given some clues about what is going on and the timeline is all over the place It didn t at any time seem like a ghost story although there were chilling momentsThere are a few good unveiling moments and Dun does capture some aspects of post war life very well and the description of the derelict airfield is very good The portrait of Philip an essentially good man who wants to help society but who is constrained by his upbringing and his notions of what a woman should be and do is very well written He is trapped by the dominant ideology and unable to think outside of it Isabel recognizes this and when an opportunity seems to present itself she takes it There is a choice to be made at the end as Isabel begins to see what is happening On the whole though the story is without real depth and there are too many plot contrivances which solve a little problem Reception has been variable and I suppose that reflects how I feel about it It was ok but no

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Cold one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard Sleeping under it for warmth she starts to dream And not long afterwards while her husband is out she is startled by a knock at her windowOutside is a young RAF pilot If we consider The Novella Club s definition that a novella has fewer than 200 pages then The Greatcoat should certainly be viewed as one And seen as novella rather than novel it might be received better by readers for its slender but powerful story Like James great novella Turn of the Screw The Greatcoat is a ghost story but it s also a romance a story of new marriage and passion found not within but elsewhere Dun creates a subtly haunting dreamy atmosphere that permeates the page and bleeds off into our lives At least it did in mine Somehow she captures the dreamy state women and girls are especially prone to an anticipation of romance of sexual longing of these two being very much intertwined I remember being caught up in this state particularly in the summers when I was age 15 and 16 feasting on Thomas Hardy and Andrew Lang s editions of fairy talesdreaming myself into these books and beyond their pages Yet the novel is also very much grounded in a particular time and place a Yorkshire small town in post war 1954I had originally given the novel 3 stars but its lingering effect the way that Dun is able to capture this dreamlike state so effectively along with her convincing evocation of that time and place made me rethink it and add another star

REVIEW ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Helen Dunmore

Waiting to come inHis name is Alec and his powerful presence both disturbs and excites her Her initial alarm soon fades and they begin an intense affair But nothing has prepared her for the truth about Alec's life nor the impact it will have on hers Right I will start by saying that there are some great reviews of this book which go in to greater detail on the book This as usually is my thoughts and musing after completing reading the bookI will admit that I have heard a lot about this book both from the fact it was from Helen Dun an established and renowned author to the fact it was published under the HAMMER name yes the relaunched brand which has also re spawned the film line of the same name This is a book from a larger and varied selection of titles all published under the HAMMER brand SO as you can imagine I was both eager and a little cautious on reading this book especially when it was presented as a ghost storyThe story itself is very British not maybe as much as the Christmas Ghost stories of MR James and the like since it was based actually in the year of Helen Dun s birth but also the fact it was based during the years immediately after the Second World War a time my parents have told me many a story fromThere is a lot that can be said about the book but unfortunately it references to the storyline but what I can say is that I agree with some of the reviewers who felt that the ending was rather ambiguous for me I think it was intentionally so however it is easy to see how it could have left frustration in that you don t uite know what actually happened I know the supernatural is not meant to be explained away but its never a good idea to leave confusion in the void that leaves behindOne thing I would say is that although it was incredibly atmospheric I am not sure how chilling a ghost story it was I have read a good few of them and I didn t feel that chill as I have with others It seemed at times Isobel was concerned about fitting in to the local women of her town than she was explaining all the strange goings on That said the premise is a beautiful one and one I have seen used before the events linked to physically item so if you are looking at a period drama linked to a ghost story then for the 50s I think this story works I am glad I read it now but I am not sure how uickly I would return to read it again