A Book Of Ghosts

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Sabine Baring Gould was born in the parish of St Sidwell, Exeter The eldest son of A Book MOBI :´ Edward Baring Gould and his first wife, Sophia Charlotte n e Bond , he was named after a great uncle, the Arctic explorer Sir Edward Sabine Because the family spent much of his childhood travelling round Europe, most of his education was by private tutors He only spent about two years in formal schooling, first at King s College School in London then located in Somerset House and then, for a few months, at Warwick Grammar School now Warwick School Here his time was ended by a bronchial disease of the kind that was to plague him throughout his long life His father considered his ill health as a good reason for another European tourIn he was admitted to Cambridge University, earning the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in , then Master of Arts in from Clare College, Cambridge During , he became the curate at Horbury Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire It was while acting as a curate that he met Grace Taylor, the daughter of a mill hand, then aged fourteen In the next few years they fell in love His vicar, John Sharp, arranged for Grace to live for two years with relatives in York to learn middle class manners Baring Gould, meanwhile, relocated to become perpetual curate at Dalton, near Thirsk He and Grace were married in at Wakefield Their marriage lasted until her death years later, and the couple had children, all but one of whom lived to adulthood When he buried his wife in he had carved on her tombstone the Latin motto Dimidium Animae Meae Half my SoulBaring Gould became the rector of East Mersea in Essex in and spent ten years there In his father died and he inherited the , acre km family estates of Lew Trenchard in Devon, which included the gift of the living of Lew Trenchard parish When the living became vacant in , he was able to appoint himself to it, becoming parson as well as squire He did a great deal of work restoring St Peter s Church, Lew Trenchard, and from thoroughly remodelled his home, Lew Trenchard Manor.

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  1. says:

    Sometimes, when I have finished a mediocre book, I try not to judge it too harshly, but instead savor the pleasure of encountering the intelligent and amiable person who wrote it Just as you might if you were remembering a conversation with an interesting old man on a train.It is 1904 You are taking the train from London to Devon, and sharing the compartment with a clergyman in his late sixties, liberal in his beliefs, tolerant in his attitudes, and open in his manner The two of you enjoy a l Sometimes, when I have finished a mediocre book, I try not to judge it too harshly, but instead savor the pleasure of encountering the intelligent and amiable person who wrote it Just as you might if you were remembering a conversation with an interesting old man on a train.It is 1904 You are taking the train from London to Devon, and sharing the compartment with a clergyman in his late sixties, liberal in his beliefs, tolerant in his attitudes, and open in his manner The two of you enjoy a long afternoon s conversation He tells you he is the rector of a parish in Devon, and that has written a few Christian hymns One of them, he says, has been rather well received He is well educated, has great knowledge of ancient customs, is a collector of folk songs, and has even participated in a few archeological digs His principal avocation, though, is writing he has written, he tells you,than 200 books on various subjects As you talk, you can see he does not understand the modern educated woman, and that his little jokes about the sexes tend to fall flat Still, you can tell he is a man who loves his wife and is proud of his many children Then he tells you a few ghost stories They always begin well, these stories, and are interesting enough in their settings and their ideas, but they go on much, oh much too long, and never quite get around to scaring you in the end Still, he is a nice old man, and you wouldn t mind conversing with him again Next time, though, if you ever do run into him, you are determined to guide the conversation away from ghost stories to something elseanything else, in fact Archeology perhaps Or ancient customs Or folk songs Or perhaps how to go about writing the words to a good old inspiring hymn Now what was that hymn he said he wrote the words to The one Arthur Sullivan set to music Yes, that s it You remember It is Onward Christian Soldiers

  2. says:

    I was not very impressed with this read It left me bored It was a book of some length with very boring uneventful ghost stories.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

  3. says:

    I can picture a parlour room on a cold, dark night, the occupants gathered round a roaring fire, ladies clutching lace handkerchiefs to trembling smiles as Baring Gould nurses a generous brandy and tells another of his ghost stories.By 21st Century standards, the tales are far from chilling, unless you find tales with a moral chilling in themselves I found them charming, occasionally amusing, McAlister especially made me laugh, and on the whole an interesting sojourn into a bygone,innocen I can picture a parlour room on a cold, dark night, the occupants gathered round a roaring fire, ladies clutching lace handkerchiefs to trembling smiles as Baring Gould nurses a generous brandy and tells another of his ghost stories.By 21st Century standards, the tales are far from chilling, unless you find tales with a moral chilling in themselves I found them charming, occasionally amusing, McAlister especially made me laugh, and on the whole an interesting sojourn into a bygone,innocent era.Baring Gould writes eloquently and gently The reading is somewhat slowed by the gentleness of pace and some may find this frustrating However it must be remembered that the intended audience was not accustomed to the instant everything that we are today They would find us impatient if not rude if we told a story at our superfast broadband everything now speed.I had hoped when I downloaded the Kindle edition, for there is no blurb on these free editions, that this might be a collection of stories purporting to be true The tales are no less enjoyable for being fiction although less gripping Baring Gould s tenure as a Parson does show through and in places the hint of a sermon appears Mother of Pansies in particular began to feel like something told from the pulpit.It seems almost a shame in many ways that it takes such a great dealto shock now than in 1904 when this was written At the same time, nearly 110 years later, we still love a ghost story so we can t be all that different Perhaps we lack so many morally edifying tales to frame our conscience.A Book of Ghost Stories is an enjoyable read If you want thrills and chills, it is probably not for you If you approach it as Victorian literature from an interesting author, there is no reason you will not get something from it

  4. says:

    A collection of short stories A couple of excellent ghost tales, some tragic and sad ghostly ish tales, and a super sad and tragic story While there were a couple of good tales I would not recommend this book The good tales can be found in other ghost story anthologies and the tragic tales are disturbing, and not in a good way o

  5. says:

    Sabine Baring Gould was a man of numerous talents He was an Anglican priest, a respected archaeologist, a folklorist, and one of the most prolific writers of both fiction and non fiction of the Victorian era There arethan twelve hundred publications listed in his bibliography, and his works enjoyed a substantial readership during the second half of the nineteenth century he was considered one of the top ten novelists of his day A contemporary provincial newspaper said of him, There ca Sabine Baring Gould was a man of numerous talents He was an Anglican priest, a respected archaeologist, a folklorist, and one of the most prolific writers of both fiction and non fiction of the Victorian era There arethan twelve hundred publications listed in his bibliography, and his works enjoyed a substantial readership during the second half of the nineteenth century he was considered one of the top ten novelists of his day A contemporary provincial newspaper said of him, There can hardly have been a moment of Baring Gould s life which was not in one way or another turning itself into copy of some kind, and occasionally into copy that is destined to a long popularity quoted in the Western Gazette, 8th of June 1906, in a premature obituary but that s another story, and one which I ll come back to in a future post Sadly, the newspaper was wrong Nowadays most people have never heard of Baring Gould or his books and articles, and if he is remembered at all it is usually for the hymns that he wrote, especially Onward, Christian Soldiers.A Book of Ghosts was published by Methuen in October 1904, one month before M R James Ghost Stories of an Antiquary It sold out almost straight away, and a second edition was put out in the December of the same year, just in time for the usual Christmas rush The illustrations for the book were produced by the Scottish artist David Murray Smith Extremely popular when it first appeared, A Book of Ghosts has been somewhat neglected ever since before the appearance of the Ash Tree Press limited edition in 1996, it had been republished in its entirety only once in a limited run by Books for Libraries Press, in 1969.The Spectator reviewed A Book of Ghosts in its issue of the 3rd of December 1904, but it was less than complimentary It accused Baring Gould of creating ghosts that were easy, familiar, and therefore disgusting According to the reviewer, Mr Baring Gould apparently takes an exceedingly low view of the human soul, and he shows it as concerned after death with the most trivial affairs, and as a slave to its place of burial The reviewer did not find the ghosts alarming, and reassured readers that A Book of Ghosts may be read even late at night without any unpleasant consequences It is true that the ghosts themselves aren t likely to frighten the life out of any modern reader, but some of the tales are quite creepy, and I find it hard to believe that the reverend intended to frighten anyone when writing several of his stories His spooks are often very human, full of character, and very entertaining His apparitions are not the malevolent spectres of M R James.Click here to read the rest of the review

  6. says:

    Baring Gould takes a lot of time to build up his stories, and so they require a little patience Good, in the sense that each story has a single image that s vivid and memorable, but a retelling would edit the book heavily The comedic stories work better than the horrific, although some of his jokes are cobwebbed For example the central joke of one story is that the Scots are a race of drunken misers, which can t have been fresh as a joke even in his day, and is just kind of depressing in ours Baring Gould takes a lot of time to build up his stories, and so they require a little patience Good, in the sense that each story has a single image that s vivid and memorable, but a retelling would edit the book heavily The comedic stories work better than the horrific, although some of his jokes are cobwebbed For example the central joke of one story is that the Scots are a race of drunken misers, which can t have been fresh as a joke even in his day, and is just kind of depressing in ours.I ve left it unread simply because I have so much else I d love to finish It s not terrible, but it s not great enough I may come back to it, but even in this list, the Count of Monte Cristo would attract my time first.This review was first posted on book coasters

  7. says:

    Quite a maddening book to review As ghost stories go, most of these tales are not scary at all, nor are they particularly well written There are, however, a handful of humourous stories here which are very fine, such as the tale of the ghost of a French waiter who is exorcised in typical Gallic fashion, or the story of a courting couple who are both haunted by the ghosts of their puritanical former partners lovely resolution to that one

  8. says:

    Wonderful BookSometimes poetic and sometimes prophetic rarely tedious as the Bible can be A rare find at he right time it will touch you with ancients magic.

  9. says:

    Decent collection of turn of the century ghost stories Some of these stories are creepy, some are preachy, and some are downright funny I m thinking particularly of A Happy Release Very late Victorian Worth the read for those of us who enjoy an old fashioned story every once in a while.

  10. says:

    Not very scary, but many charming stories of the Victorian Era Some tales unfortunately displayed Victorian prejudices.

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