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Candle in Her Room (Armada) Paperback – 1 Dec 1970
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I needn't have worried. The sheer quality of the writing sets this book apart and makes it a classic. Admittedly, some of the language is a bit dated, but it reflects the period perfectly. Once, Dido's malign influence seemed to me to be the main focus of the story. Just like the Welsh landscape, the supernatural elements are tightly woven into the story, but the real story is about families. Across three generations, there are lies, manipulation and uneasy relationships - all dealt with here with incredible subtlety and a lack of sentimentality.
Still an incredibly rewarding read for young and old alike.
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I enjoyed reading the book a second time. I remembered it as a child and it has haunted me ever since. I must say that as a child it was more chilling because I did not have the scars of life that I have today at 48 years old. I enjoyed it non the less.
I wouldn't want my 10 yo to read this- I think it't suitable for girls who are past the age of actively playing with dolls- for some, there are parts that are not suitable until kids are at least 14 or 15 because some heinous things happen to family members.
still, it's obviously a book with a lot of impact since there seem to be many grown women who remembered the book into adulthood. I clearly remember my mental image of Dido and could draw her still. *shudder*