The Girl in a Swing

The Girl in a Swing A shy young man meets a beautiful woman in the company of a young girl He finds himself swept off of his feet and married to her bringing her with him to live in his family home She is his erotic dre

A shy young man meets a beautiful woman in the company of a young girl He finds himself swept off of his feet and married to her, bringing her with him to live in his family home She is his erotic dream come true she does everything she can to bind him to her and join him in his comfortable life.Soon, however, odd things begin to happen Things in the house are strangelA shy young man meets a beautiful woman in the company of a young girl He finds himself swept off of his feet and married to her, bringing her with him to live in his family home She is his erotic dream come true she does everything she can to bind him to her and join him in his comfortable life.Soon, however, odd things begin to happen Things in the house are strangely damp with what looks like seawater, bodies appear under the water that aren t really there It all winds up to a horrifying conclusion.

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  1. Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946 He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years 1946 48 He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953 2 He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974 Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been a full time author.He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book It took two years to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize in 1972 To date, Adams best known work has sold over 50 million copies world wide, earning him than all his other books put together.As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.

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  1. This was a sad and odd sort of ghost story and really it never actually made sense to me on several levels I don t want to put in spoilers but the 2 people involved do things that lead to tragedy but the actions themselves don t make sense within themselves I suppose it can be looked at as 2 selfish people who set it all in motion, but still there are gaping holes in the story, the plote internal logic.It does have it s own sort of terror, and that feeling of inevitable doom I won t say it s bad [...]

  2. The Girl in a Swing is absolutely nothing like Watership Down, no talking animals at all Instead this is a story about love and obsession and ghosts, and it s really spectacular The main character is a young man from a stable family who has taken over his father s fine china business in a small town in England He has the slightest bit of extrasensory perception, which shows itself only rarely in his boyhood and young adulthood.Traveling on business to Scandinavia, he meets a beautiful woman and [...]

  3. This hardcover is copy 40 of 100 copies signed numbered and slipcased, signed byRichard AdamsTravis LewisReggie Oliver

  4. This novel of the supernatural is among the very few modern horror novels I ve ever read which follows the classical format in that the author unleashes a full, powerful, walloping, knockout punch of crazy, disturbing horror only at the very end of the story Its extremely singular in this regard You rarely see this done, nowadays.What makes this different from anything found in Koontz, Saul, Straub, King, Barker, or McCammon It is that this restraint makes it much of a genuine novel from the st [...]

  5. I found this book deeply disturbing It is a book of two parts It is a romantic story for the first 300 pages or so, charming without being completely compelling There are just enough odd occurances in this first part to keep you interested and engaged, guessing where the author was going with this, and thinking you had a good inkling Adams prose is always elegant, and thus you remain content as the story chugs along And then he hurls a sledgehammer at you in the last 75 pages, jolting you out of [...]

  6. I hardly know how to describe this book It started out very slowly, and I was wondering if I d have the patience to work my way through it, but suddenly it captured me completely, and I read the last 200 pages in one sitting.It is so very, very different from Watership Down that it s almost hard to believe it was written by the same author Instead of being a social commentary, The Girl in a Swing touches upon the supernatural while tying it up to Christian theology.I d been warned that the book [...]

  7. Richard Adams is hit or miss with me Maia , for instance, seemed almost smutty when compared to the whimsical beauty of Watership Downs , though the imagery was equally stunning and the characters intriguing I read it in its entirety but had a bad taste in my mouth at the end However, this book has stayed w me unlike any book I ve read in a long while I just can t describe it, neither will I try to give an adequate synopsis Suffice it to say that it is a psychological thriller that disguises its [...]

  8. An odd novel, in places beautiful, in others plodding Among other things, it is a love story between reserved, self effacing English porcelain expert Alan and East German expatriate secretary K the, whom he meets on business in Copenhagen Neither are accustomed to thinking of or expecting love or tenderness, and both are endearingly vulnerable What begins as an enchanting little romance that sweeps them both off their feet soon evolves into spiritual connection, a whirlwind marriage, and mutuall [...]

  9. What a haunting book Richard Adams has a supreme gift of language that raises everything he does to the level of the best Greek tragedies I read a battered paperback copy of this several years ago in a single weekend, each dip into it longer than the one before, until it became impossible for me to set it down I had to follow it through to the end.The Girl in a Swing does not reach a place in my head and heart like Watership Down, but it proves to me the universality of Adams gift, that he can p [...]

  10. While this book had great potential it did not live up to it It was way too verbose It took over 300 pages to tell a story that could have been done in 200 As for ghost story, it should have never been given that label.

  11. A gripping, twisting, erotic horror novel Fascinating character development, even though questions remain at the end of the book An unpredictable story at least for me This is a departure from most of what people know of Richard Adams work.It s like a tapestry of horror supernatural themes, wound around an erotic love story, the history of ceramics, and the headlong journey of two star crossed lovers.

  12. Sheer brilliance One of my favorite books ever written Poignant, dark, erotic without ever being gross, and incredibly creepy, this taps into a primordial theme, something that underlies the most enduring myths.

  13. You might know of Richard Adams as the author of Watership Down, the classic tale about bunnies Well, this is as far away as you can get from that novel A blurb in the front cover from the New York Times Book Review calls it a story of beautiful, haunting erotic love and an absolutely terrifying ghost story It s not erotica I d call it sensuous than erotic and the sex is rarely in any way explicit and certainly never in a pornographic way What strikes me most is the gorgeousness of the prose, t [...]

  14. This is a hard book to review, as my feelings are so mixed The story concerns an uptight Englishman and dealer in ceramics, Alan Desland, who falls in love with a mysterious, beautiful German woman, Kathe Within a week he has proposed to her and she follows him to England She seems to be the perfect wife, except that she is haunted, literally and figuratively, by a terrible secret.The book was very well written and kept my interest despite the fact that it is extremely slow paced Ultimately, tho [...]

  15. This book was recommended to me by a friend, but sadly it was not one for me On the positive side, I found the character of Desland sympathetic, enjoyed the author s very visual writing style, and was intrigued by the love affair for quite a long way into the book.But there was constant question in the back of my mind as to why such a beautiful and desirable woman as K the would fall in love with introverted, awkward and by his own admission unattractive Desland It just didn t ring true And the [...]

  16. Another rich and absorbing novel by Richard Adams, one of my very favorite authors In his well known Watership Down, and in his lesser known Shardik, Adams creates a fictional world from which you emerge believing in its existence In The Girl in a Swing, he creates Kathe, whose beauty and hedonism you want to believe in, but, I found, I am unsure if I can Anyway, I recommend it, but first you should read his Shardik, which I consider to be stunningly imaginative and a gorgeous read.

  17. Despite what for me was a very slow build and I mean slow I did find this tale quite gripping It s some time before you realise what kind of story you are reading, and even then the author makes you work to follow it I can see why this makes it relatively unpopular As much as I found the details about pottery interesting, it was simply over written adding to the slowness And though the main character s movement between languages seemed very natural, the use of accents in speech was poor in my op [...]

  18. In some ways the book has been sadly underrated by readers and critics alike It has the subtlety of Waugh and the quality readability of Watership Down As a bonus, the reader may gain an obsession of collecting English pottery.If the reader has even the slightest appreciation of ghost stories, I cannot recommend this story enough.

  19. This completely blew me away I read it in bed, in one sitting, until about 3 a.m in my rented room at the top of a rambling mansion in Sussex, in about 1984 I ve never read it since, and don t need to For me, head and shoulders above his other laborious fictions This is the real thing To be compared with Fowles The Magus because based, covertly, on experience.

  20. I couldn t finish this The female lead is a capricious, princess y type that I do my best to avoid in real life, and certainly don t want to read a novel about Otherwise it s a yawner about a very prim guy who collects ceramics and well, that s about it At well over a hundred pages, I had yet to come across anything haunting or erotic , so I put it down Definitely no Shardik

  21. I found this book at a second hand story I remember reading Watership Down at least thirty years ago and liking it, so, for a dollar, I picked up this book This book is not really very much like Watership Down But the writing is still gently beautiful, as the plot becomes increasingly intense By the end of the book, I, like the protagonist, did not want to believe what I know.

  22. All the detail about ceramics in the story is absolutely fascinating, but what immediately hooked me is that the protagonist Alan Desland has a gift for ESP which surfaces unpredictably and randomly through his life Such paranormal sequences give an eerie undertow to the story and promise harrowing things to come.The Girl in a Swing is addictively readable Those descriptions of the ceramics trade and Alan s early psychic experiences set the scene for the turning point when he visits Copenhagen a [...]

  23. I loved it Found myself thinking about it again after reading Sarah Waters wonderful haunted house novel The Little Stranger The plots are different in a number of ways, but they do have common threads that I can t say about without spoilers.The hero is a shy, sexually naive young man who falls in love just about at first sight with a beautiful German woman whom he meets on a business trip abroad The courtship lasts about five days before they re engaged to be married, but there s something dis [...]

  24. The Girl in a Swing Richard AdamsI was describing to my sister an event early in this book the school experiment and she said, that s like Steven King Not implying that Adams is copying, he s an original She s right i d not thought of it, but that s one way to descibe how this book is different from some of his other books That and that this book is not about rabbits, dogs, horses, or cats.But there s no mistaking Adams the strong geographic base and wandering in real terrain, the flawless voici [...]

  25. I have read and re read Watership Down so many times first when I was somewhere around 10 through the last almost 2 decades and it is still one of my hands down favorites so I was interested to read a book by Adams about people For the first maybe 50 pages I honestly wasn t sure I was going to make it It was dullish in the beginning than was staggeringly dreadful when it becomes a lecture on his ceramics business for what seemed like forever I personally recommend skimming that particular part p [...]

  26. Interesting read Early on, I had to check the publication date the writing has a formal quality, and almost nothing locates the story in time except for a car and telephone Without these artifacts, I d be unable to tell if the action took place twenty years ago or one hundred and twenty.I found the first half very slow going, with its stodgy descriptions of the protagonist s upbringing, academic training, and growing collector s passion for the china trade When the mysterious Kathe enters the pi [...]

  27. Literary, Gothic, psychologicalbut above all this novel is a love story with an incredibly deft hand Adams portrays the orderly and proper British protagonist Alan falling in love with the German born Karin, a woman whom neither he nor we as readers ever learn very much about in terms of her past But Adams has drawn her so completely as a human being that it doesn t matterke Alan we are charmed utterly It seems a mistake to consider this novel a contemporary horror or ghost story as the front bo [...]

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