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on 13 October 2015
only about halfway through looks interesting
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on 27 April 2010
"The House by the Churchyard" (1863) represented a pivotal point in Le Fanu's career and one of his best novels. Being one of the first results of a newly found urge to writing fiction, it combines aspects typical of his previous historical novels, i.e. description of social activity and interaction in an Irish village in the XVIII century, with gothic and mystery themes, which would be prominent in subsequent novels.

The main plot is based on the mysterious stories of two murders, one committed in the past and one in the present, connecting with one another. Interweaving with these, are numerous subsidiary stories and characters which give life to the village as a whole and introduce several humorous, romantic or sad elements.

Although there are several typical gothic motives, supernatural activity is limited to 2 out of 99 chapters, despite what the title of the novel, the book's cover or the authour's fame might make you think. I've personally enjoyed greatly reading this novel and, although the beginning may be troublesome, due to the over-abundance of little known characters and the absence of a clearly defined plot, this is compensated by far with the drive that the reading gets once the main mysterious stories are set into motion.

Overall, I would not recommend this novel to somebody not acquainted with Le Fanu. But if you have read other classics of this great Irish writer, enjoyed them, and think he deserves further exploration, this is for you!
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on 1 July 2011
Make no mistake Le Fanu is a Victorian writer of the highest order. This is a wonderful book, the pace is slow but like his other work Uncle Silas it comes to a thrilling end. I would say that this is one of his best and if you're a fan or Vicorian fiction you will probably enjoy this.
At times it is funny and reads like a farce. The comings and goings of the citizens of Chapelizod are often highly amusing. It also has the elements of gothic horror. In the horror stakes it's tame by modern standards but If you like Victorian fiction you'll not be disapointed.
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on 5 November 2015
One of the best written books in the English language. It has had so many imitations that people are not aware of the book's importance.
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on 15 January 2016
good value
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on 8 January 2014
The product was packaged well, arrived on time and as expected, but I found the novel itself difficult because of the time it was set and the style of writing
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