The Time of the Ghost Hardcover – 1 Sep 2002
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‘The complex plot, which twists and turns to the surprising climax, is absorbing, but equally interesting and frequently amusing are the family dynamics and the character sketches of the four fascinatingly eccentric sisters.’
‘Gripping… Profoundly satisfying.’
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'I'm all right. I'm Here. I'm me. If I wasn't, I wouldn't even be frightened. I wouldn't know. But something has happened to me. I can't see myself at all, no even a smear of shadow on the road. There's been an accident.
The ghost turns up one summer day, alone in a world she once knew, among people who were once her family. She knows she is one of four sisters, but which one? She can be sure of only one thing – that there's been an accident.
As she struggles to find her identity, she becomes aware of a malevolent force stirring around her. Something terrible is about to happen. One of the sisters will die – unless the ghost can use the future to reshape the past. But how can she warn them when they don't even know she exists?--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Unlike 'Fire and Hemlock', the mythology in 'The Time of the Ghost' is not so strong - actually, I wish she'd expanded upon this, as it only appears in the second part of the story. It would have perhaps added a deeper layer to the story, which ends up being rather like the film 'The Craft' (although this book was written before that).
Oh, and if you don't believe that four girls could be this neglected by their own parents, Diane Wynne Jones based the girls' situation on her *own childhood* with her younger sister, and actually left out some incidents because she thought that people wouldn't believe them! (Like the youngest sister, she did her hair in knots and waited to see how long it would take for her mother to notice - apparently, it took her mother two weeks.)
It's not her best, but it's still a brilliant read!
The four sisters, as children, are in many ways awful and unattractive - the gap-toothed, goblin-like Fenella, the large and loud Cart, the neurotic Imogen and Selina who seems to be embracing the dark arts. Their behaviour is both ignored and controlled, in that they are allowed extraordinary freedom to do as they please due to their parents' lack of interest, but at the same time they are constrained by the circumstances of their living in a boarding-school environment, and being expected to behave in a way that fits with their parents' vague ideas about propriety. Their father's reference to them as 'bitches' and his inability to tell them apart, and their mother's failure to notice that one of them is missing, or to care that her youngest daughter appears to be wearing a sack and has tied her hair in knots, is both astounding and horrifying, but also has the ring of truth.
These children appear incredibly vulnerable and Jones constructs a wonderful atmosphere of impending danger in the first part of the story - when Imogen is almost killed by being suspended from the rafters on a rope, or when Sally creeps out of her friend's homely farm in the middle of the night, or when Fenella and Cart have to virtually steal food from the unpleasant school cooks, these events all feel like part of the gradually building tension.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An imaginative tale of ghosts, curses and so many brilliant plot twists. One of Diana Wynne Jones's best novels for both teens, YA and adults.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
A ghost story with a complicated plot, involving time travel (for the ghost), a very strange family and a school for boys. Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by BarbaraM
Love this book and have done for the past twenty years, it is a timeless classic for young people wanting a light readPublished on 18 May 2014 by Julie Ann McGartland
I loved this story, it is a brilliant twist on a ghost story that will keep you wondering,part who is it, part who done it, ghost story. Read morePublished on 31 May 2013 by wolfsbaine1
I loved this book and was so excited to read it! The cover was what attracted me to it, the beautiful and magical
Picture of a doll on the front. Read more
Another clever combination of realism and fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. Drawing closely on her own childhood, in which she was neglected by her schoolteacher parents and in which... Read morePublished on 25 April 2012 by Kate Hopkins