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The Ghosts of Kerfol By Deborah Noyes The Ghosts of Kerfol In an enthralling work of Gothic suspense an Edith Wharton story inspires five connected tales set in the same haunted manor over the centuries In her classic ghost story Kerfol Edith Wharton tells

  • Title: The Ghosts of Kerfol
  • Author: Deborah Noyes
  • ISBN: 9780763630003
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ghosts of Kerfol By Deborah Noyes In an enthralling work of Gothic suspense, an Edith Wharton story inspires five connected tales set in the same haunted manor over the centuries.In her classic ghost story Kerfol, Edith Wharton tells the tale of Anne de Barrigan, a young Frenchwoman convicted of murdering her husband, the jealous Yves de Cornault The elderly lord was found dead on the stairs, apparentlyIn an enthralling work of Gothic suspense, an Edith Wharton story inspires five connected tales set in the same haunted manor over the centuries.In her classic ghost story Kerfol, Edith Wharton tells the tale of Anne de Barrigan, a young Frenchwoman convicted of murdering her husband, the jealous Yves de Cornault The elderly lord was found dead on the stairs, apparently savaged by a pack of dogs, though there were no dogs no live dogs at Kerfol that day In this remarkable collection of intertwining short stories, Deborah Noyes takes us back to the haunted manor and tells us Anne de Barrigan s story through the sympathetic eyes of her servant girl Four tales slip forward in time, peering in on a young artist, a hard drinking party girl, a young American couple, and a deaf gardener who now tends the Kerfol estate All these souls are haunted by the ghosts of Kerfol the dead dogs, the sensual yet uneasy relationships, and the bitter taste of revenge.
    The Ghosts of Kerfol By Deborah Noyes

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    1. Cindy Dobrez on said:

      Noyes takes Edith Wharton s classic gothic ghost story, Kerfol, and retells it in an opening story three times the length of the original from the viewpoint of a servant girl Then, she further riffs on the story in four stories set in later years that continue the themes and elements of the original.

    2. Lynn on said:

      I love a good ghost story and here is a collection of 5 creepy and beautifully written ghost stories that is also a tribute to the wonderful writing of Edith Wharton First Deborah Noyes rewrites the classic story Kerfol from the perspective of a young maid in the household, then she takes the framing device of the original story as a spring board for the second ghost story, ladling up large dollups of Wharton s atmospheric prose Three stories follow, moving forward in time but all set in the sa [...]

    3. Tye Cattanach on said:

      When I was young, I adored nothing than being given the creeps by a well written ghost story As I grew older though, it became and difficult to be scared or un nerved by a story, no matter how well written So I resigned myself to the fact that clearly I had outgrown being frightened by fiction and gave up the ghost shall we say.Imagine my delight and surprise today when I found myself quite thoroughly creeped out and than a little unsettled by The Ghosts Of Kerfol Deborah Noyes In broad dayl [...]

    4. Stephanie Middleton on said:

      I really loved this book of short stories, based on Edith Wharton s classic ghost story Kerfol which I dug up on Project Gutenberg to read AFTER I finished this collection It has been ages since I read a ghost story, and these just creepy enough stories were extremely well crafted and highly entertaining I would say it would appeal to adults or mature teens as opposed to the general young adult set in fact, the only reason I can figure that landed it in our YA collection at the library is that [...]

    5. Mara on said:

      Noyes bases her stories on Edith Wharton s Kerfol The first story is just a retelling of Kerfol, fleshed out, and from the point of a serving girl newly arrived at the house From there, Noyes each story moves the the house closer to the present time, with various manifestations of the hauntings.Her descriptions are uneven though In one story, the house is haunted only by the dogs, as in Wharton s story In other stories, there are various other ghosts, and it s not always clear who they re suppos [...]

    6. Kricket on said:

      nota bene i read an ARC of this book a fascinating premise five short stories, all taking place in the same house kerfol, of edith wharton s short story which is called, well, kerfol noyes starts with a retelling of wharton s story, told this time from the perspective of a handmaid in 1613 a beautiful young frenchwoman is essentially kept prisoner in her home by her cruel older husband, who strangles her beloved dogs eventually the husband is found dead in their home, kerfol, of injuries that ap [...]

    7. Janet on said:

      The writing in this book is spectacular Ms Noyes creates a unique and tangible voice for each story it is a collection based on a single incident and drawn through history , such that I believed in the time period she tried to evoke and in the distinct character s point of view This is also a slightly unsettling book, with its repetitious ghostly encounters, and the tension is strung very tight Nevertheless, there were some moments when I wasn t entirely engaged and that may have been my relatio [...]

    8. Angela on said:

      I love the idea behind this book After reading Edith Wharton s Kerfol just before getting this book, I was excited to read Noyes take on the continuing adventures at the haunted house, but I felt that the delivery never quite lived up to the premise It took me awhile to really get into the first story, but I think overall it s my favorite in the collection, followed by the final story The three in the middle are all good stories, but not as creepy and thrilling as I d hoped they would be.

    9. Kate on said:

      Oh man, did I want to love this book And at first, I did The first short story, a retelling of Edith Wharton s Kerfol, is absolutely fantastic I was prepared to heartily recommend it to every reader I know based on the strength of that short story alone.But the rest Ehhhhh There s a lot of inconsistencies in the hauntings, the stories are rushed and feel a little too thin to support their own weight, and ultimately I finished each one wondering, But why these characters The final story s a littl [...]

    10. Lexie on said:

      This book was crap Deborah did not make it clear when she switched to another person s story I t wqas horrible

    11. Cheryl on said:

      I liked this, I didn t love it I thought the first story was the best of the three It was very well written and the characters were well done Just okay for me.

    12. Sara on said:

      MY TAKE The thread of the first tale runs through all the stories in some aspect, a different ghost or memory affecting them all, but each was separate in its own identity I realize that it was meant to portray a timeline of haunting through the ages, but the stories felt disconnected they were meant to tie together, but I think they were too different or singularly unique to blend together in a complete story.Hunger Moon What a haunting, sad, desperate tale told from the viewpoint of a servant [...]

    13. Becky on said:

      Noyes, Deborah 2008 The Ghosts of Kerfol.The Ghosts of Kerfol is an enjoyable short story collection that pays tribute to Edith Wharton s short story Kerfol I d encourage you to take a few minutes about ten or twenty actually and read this haunting story about an old and creepy manor The Ghosts of Kerfol is a collection of five short stories Hunger Moon, These Heads Would Speak, The Figure Under the Sheet, When I Love You Best, and The Red of Berries The first two especially Hunger Moon and Thes [...]

    14. YA Reads Book Reviews on said:

      Let s get one thing clear I m the biggest chicken ever At least when it comes to ghost stories I can t read them without getting a bit jumpy, I watched Paranormal Activity behind a gap in my fingers, I think the guys on Ghost Hunters are nuts So I was a bit hesitant about reading a story about vengeful ghosts from the 17th century.The Ghosts of Kerfol is five short stories, starting with a retelling for Edith Wharton s original short story Kerfol , with each subsequent story moving forward in ti [...]

    15. Cat Conner on said:

      The Ghosts of Kerfol is a unique tale that follows the fictional, yet haunted, estate of Kerfol in France Deborah Noyes wrote the book based off a story by Edith Wharton However, Noyes takes an interesting spin in weaving five unrelated protagonists together with the supernatural character of Kerfol The book starts off with the original story for the estate being haunted an old nobleman by the name of Yves de Cornault is savagely murder by what appears to be dogs, even though de Cornault himself [...]

    16. Steph Bowe on said:

      This series of short ghost stories I found quite eerie The first of the stories was definitely my favourite, spooky and beautifully told and subtly scary, the atmosphere building and building throughout It was also the longest story in the collection I loved the concept five short stories told from different narrators set years and years apart, but all centering around the same haunted manor and I felt it was well executed In each subsequent story there were references to the ones previous throu [...]

    17. Kayla on said:

      I honestly didn t know what to expect from this book because I ve been trying to branch out and discover books that I haven t heard about before This was one of the books in that little experiment that I picked up from the library I thought that it would be interested just because of the ghosts and murder Then I realized it was several interconnecting stories and I was even intrigued While it didn t completely impress me and isn t a favorite, it also isn t a waste of time and was definitely en [...]

    18. Janelle on said:

      A collection of 5 short stories based on Kerfol by Edith Wharton The stories start in the 17th Century with a retelling of Wharton s story through the eyes of a young servant girl and end in 2006 All of the stories take place at the Kerfol estate which in the first story and in Wharton s is the place of a mysterious and possibly supernatural murder, which has been haunted ever since by human and non human spectres forces.Literary Well written Ultimately unimpressive There was nothing to really s [...]

    19. Orrin Grey on said:

      The Ghosts of Kerfol is by Deborah Noyes, who edited a couple of my very favorite anthologies, and the first story in it, Hunger Moon, was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novelette where it is competing against several truly incredible stories So, needless to say, I was interested in giving it a look.And I found the whole book very enjoyable, especially Hunger Moon, which is a retelling of the Edith Wharton short story Kerfol from the point of view of a serving girl Each subsequen [...]

    20. Emily on said:

      I love creepy, gothic ghost stories and Noyes is creating her place as the reigning queen of gothic This collection is based on Edith Wharton s Kerfol, the story of love, jealousy and dead vengeful dogs The first story in this collection retells Kerfol from a servant s point of view and is the best in the collection Each of the following stories visits Kerfol in a different century Each character has some outside dilemma It feels to me as if these dilemmas really distract from the real story the [...]

    21. Katya on said:

      I m not going to recap the plot of the stories the other reviewers have done that already I m just going to say that I really enjoyed the individual stories and the way they loosely wove together The first and the last especially appealed to me Noyes is good at creating distinct characters and establishing their separate voices Since the stories are all quite short, we get to know the characters in each tale just enough to give us a good sense of their personalities and histories and how they co [...]

    22. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer on said:

      This group of stories is centered around a place, an old chateau in France called Kerfol, which was featured in a ghost story by Edith Wharton The author has taken Wharton s story and retold it, then told other stories about encounters with the ghosts of Kerfol at various periods in history the early 1800s, 1926, 1982, and 2006 The house affects people in different ways, and some later visitors to the chateau end up as ghosts there themselves I liked the retelling of Wharton s tale and the tale [...]

    23. Amanda on said:

      What an impressive book Very well written, very different from the tons of Young Adult literature out there Five interconnecting stories all revolve around the Kerfol estate using Edith Wharton s story Kerfol as the influence Five different narrators two in first person, three in third and a great sense of arc, of building from one story to the next, to the final climax and resolution in the very last story.I haven t read anything like this in YA literature, and it s definitely worth the read fr [...]

    24. Lindy on said:

      Sometimes visceral shivers, an exploration of the darker side of humanity and a little psychological suspense is exactly what I m looking for in a book.Deborah Noyes has written five short stories set in the same haunted mansion in Brittany The first is a retelling of Edith Wharton s classic ghost story, Kerfol It takes place in 1613 and is told from a maid s viewpoint The young noblewoman Perette works for is terrified of her insanely jealous and much older husband He ends up dead, apparently t [...]

    25. Naima Haviland on said:

      The Ghosts of Kerfol is an anthology of ghost stories all set in one Renaissance French mansion The stories range in chronological time frames from 1613 to 1982 and they re about people encountering the mansion s ghosts The anthology is based on Edith Wharton s ghost story, Kerfol The Ghosts of Kerfol is excellent The protagonist of each story is very different from those of the others, and Deborah Noyes gives each a distinct inner voice, perspective, and reason for being at Kerfol In a lesser t [...]

    26. Kathy on said:

      This book is composed of 5 short storiest really More like one intricate well told story and then 4 smaller ones which serve no true purpose I am spoiling anything as this is on the blurb, The ghosts of Kerfol continue to haunt people lives centuries later So basically the first story is the manifestation of the ghosts of Kerfol, how they came to be It was good in my opinion, I quite enjoyed it It has a bitter, mournful mood to it and i thought it was very suitable for the story It is a tragedy [...]

    27. Cat on said:

      The concept of this novel really drew me in Taking another persons story and wrapping your own around it in a very tantalising fashion Each story is set a Kerfol, the home of a Baron who lived there in the early 17th century in the original story There he was found dead on the stairs Murdered With scratches and marks like that a pack of dogs would create But there were no dogs on the property at the time Apart from the dead The following stories jump ahead in time, with similar circumstances bef [...]

    28. Moriah Williams on said:

      I loved this book.I came across it in the library when I was fairly young and it was one of the first books I could not put down.I feel like it embedded with me so much that even as an adult I ve been kicking myself in the ass for not remembering the name for the last ten years s beautiful, haunting and mesmerising there are parts of it that I still remember to this day perfectly because everything but the name apparently stuck with me that well and that deep.if you like a lighter I say light sp [...]

    29. Tiffany Lynn Kramer on said:

      Going into this book I wasn t familiar with Edith Wharton s short story that served as the inspiration for this collection I simply picked it up because I can t pass up a ghost story I have since then read Kerfol and looking back I appreciate how Noyes expanded upon it It was an interesting take on the classic ghost story, getting to see first hand how some of the hauntings began I also loved that she played with the idea that hauntings are not bound to fallow a linear timeline I wouldn t say th [...]

    30. Laura (Booksforbreakfast) on said:

      I was pleasantly surprised by this novel I went in thinking it was going to be something it wasn t and it surpassed my judgments It is a series of short stories, all surrounding the ghosts of Kerfol obviously and the first story is how it began which is very dark I loved the Gothic feel of it and I was guessing until the end.If you re looking for a historical fiction meets spooky story, I highly recommend this one I think it would be good for all ages, not just middle to high schoolers My mom al [...]

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