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Publisher's Summary

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens' childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past. In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its listeners.
©2001 Gregory Maguire; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Maguire...makes the supernatural chillingly real." (Library Journal)
"A deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable about loss and a storyteller's ghosts." (Boston Sunday Globe)
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By Jan on 12-17-07

No action

This is one of only few books i have given up on. I am 4 hours into the book and absolutely nothing has happened exept from a knocking sound from a wall. The narration is no good either. Everyone exept the leading character sounds like evil goblins and it gets annoying after a while.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By Eric on 01-24-08

Jumps Around alot

I finished this book through real determination. If you are expecting something on the level of Wicked you really need to look some where else. The story keeps flipping from Now to the past and the character of another story they all bleed together with a minor ghost story thrown in. If you really like stories that flip from Character t imes and events without warning this is what you want.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Brinkus on 06-12-09

A good story, spoiled by a poor interpretation

I believe I might thoroughly have enjoyed this book if not for the inappropriate stresses and accents employed by the reader. The tale itself with its allusions to Dickens and Victorian fantasies is intriguing, but the reader seems unable to exhibit any empathy with the characters or the narrative. I would be most interested to hear this book given a more sympathetic reading by another narrator.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By Elaine on 03-17-10

strange but enjoyable

this was an odd one, took me a long while to get into it and i was a little disapointed with the way it ran away at the end but the bulk of it in the middle was very good .

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