Lady of Hay: An enduring classic – gripping, atmospheric

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Lady of Hay: An enduring classic – gripping, atmospheric and utterly compelling Ich mag Barbara Erskine gerne, ihre B cher sind so, dass man auch als normaler Englisch Sprechender gut mitkommt ein Grund, warum ich das Buch gerne auf Englisch gelesen habe.Jo Clifford, eine Journalistin, wird w hrend ihrer Studentenzeit in Edinburgh von einem Hypnosespezialisten in Trance versetzt, und erlebt so schlimme Dinge, dass sie daran fast stirbt Der Experte l scht ihre Erinnerung daran und erst durch Zufall bekommt sie viele Jahre sp ter die Gelegenheit, eine Serie ber Personen zu schreiben, die angeblich reinkarniert sind Sie l sst sich darauf ein, l sst sich hypnotisieren und ist wieder Mathilda de Braose, eine Adelige aus dem 12 Jahrhundert, die schreckliche Dinge erleben muss Nach einiger Zeit f llt Jo auch dann in Trance, wenn sie alleine ist Abwechselnd erf hrt der Leser von den Erlebnissen Mathildas oder Jos und vor allem der drei M nner, die in Mathildas Leben eine Rolle spielten ihr Ehemann William, K nig John und Richard de Clare, ihre gro e Liebe im 20.Jahrhundert sind es Sam und Nick, zwei Br der, sowie Tim, ein Fotograph Die Geschichte kreist um die Beziehungen dieser 4 Personen, wer waren sie in der Vergangenheit, sind sie auch reinkarniert, hat einer etwas zu r chen oder gut zumachen, wer manipuliert wen durch Suggestion etc..Mir war die Geschichte schlichtweg zu lang, sie kommt nicht vom Fleck und manche Tatsachen werden zu oft wiedergek utNat rlich kann Barbara Erskine schreiben, es kommt Spannung auf und leichter Schauder, doch die vielen verschiedenen Hypnosesitzungen, die komplizierten Beziehungen der Personen untereinander machen das Buch manchmal m hsam Am Beginn des Buches findet sich eine Karte mit den Orten, an denen die Handlung spielt leider nicht immer vollst ndig, auch nicht bersichtlich , Am Ende des Buches ein Stammbaum der Familie fand ich super und eine Zeittafel auch gut Mir hat gefallen, wie Erskine die geschichtlichen Tatsachen mit Fiktion verwebt, und gegen Ende kommt dann endlich Tempo auf sonst h tte ich wohl nur 2 Sterne vergeben.Wie gesagt zu lang, zu langatmig, bissi Liebe aber leider auch manches, das unverst ndlich ist aber wenn mich jemand vergewaltigt hat, unter welchem Einfluss auch immer, so w rde ich diesen Mann nie mehr in mein Leben geschweige denn in meine Wohnung lassen , viel Historie, ein wenig GruselErskine kann erz hlen, aber dieses Werk ist bei weitem nicht ihr bestes I had heard so much about this book from friends and was looking forward to reading it on my Kindle I am new to Barbara Erskine, this was only her third book I had read.I was so disappointed What a strange and unbelievable story, No real reason for all the regressing and living 800 years ago and the characters were so irritating The sexual violence was totally inappropriate whatever era it was set in I almost gave up but kept reading as I hate to leave a book unfinished, it was a struggle and I did do a lot of speed reading No Barbara Erskine for me. A story spanning centuries A long awaited revengeIn London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past lives in a hard hitting magazine piece But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King JohnShe learns of Matildas unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jos past and present are inevitably entwined She realises that eight hundred years on, Matildas story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itselfBarbara Erskines iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication I had a paper copy of this about 25 years ago when I first read it I re read it so many times that it fell apart I have just gotten around to getting it on my kindle and it is still as good as ever I buy every book that Barbara writes and many are pre ordered I love her style of writing and the detail she includes about other times, provides a little escapism She really gets you rooting for the heroine In this book Matilda Joanna are the heroines and she seamlessly switches from past Matilda to Present Joanna who are essentially the same person This book remains my all time favourite Shame I have to work rather sitting curled up with a cuppa Loved the story bit dated as technology etc has moved on but a good read just the same Problem with reading this after having read Barbara Erskine s other books is that she got so much better over time at this particular genre so you re apt to pick holes unfairly when comparing it with her later stories Of it s time it must have been an exciting concept and I d still recommend it. I first read long after it was first published thirty years ago and I absolutely loved it and became a huge fan of Barbara Erskine then and have devoured everything she has written since with House of Echoes being a particular and much read favourite Faced with a lengthy hospital stay I decided the kindle edition and read it again I have to say I think I enjoyed reading Lady of Hay even second time around, maybe because I m older and appreciate just how much research has gone into this book It is a fabulous read and made a difficult time rather pleasant and enjoyable This is one author who deserves every accolade that has come her way Incredible penmanship. I read this first ever BE book over 30yrs ago and I ve just read it again and can honestly say k enjoyed it even than I remembered from last time BE has to be the most talented and gifted writer ever She has a knack of taking you back into history, almost like she hypnotized you to go with her I ve read every book she s written and now rereading then from book one No other author has ever made me want to do that I m not going to say anything about this book, only, read, go with it into a new way of learning history and have lots of tissues at the ready. In the times of MeToo this book may well be an example how pervasive toxic masculinity and gender stereotypes can be a female writer manages to create female characters observed with a decidedly male gaze, without the least bit of control over their fates, their minds or their bodies It s repugnant how passive these women are, only there to be groped, raped and used, both in the past and the present, nothing than damsels in distress wilting for abusive saviours.Admittedly, it s a first book, so some things may be forgiven The wary reader should know this the book would have been better being half as long One can safely skip chapters without missing much, as there is not much of a plot The ending is so disappointing, I m not certain whether to be angry or reliefed that the ordeal is finally over.One thing is for certain the next time somebody promises you a supernatural romance and a Prince Charming happy end, run. I chose this book after first stumbling upon and reading Sleeper s Castle I hadn t read any of Barbara s books before and, as that one was such a gripping read, I just had to find another I selected this one from all the other titles, having an interest in the Marches anyway due to recently moving to the Forest of Dean From the first few sentences I was hooked and throughout the book I was completely spellbound, not wanting to put the book e book down The housework had to wait until the following weekend Barbara makes it a fascinating, exciting and exhilarating read and it was such a shame to reach the end I would certainly fully recommend this book Thank you so much for writing it Barbara. This was my first Barbara Erskine book, having read good reviews It started well and I was getting interested in the story and the time change plot, but I thought it went on too long and I was wanting the end to come We know that the poor heroine comes to a sticky end, being a historical figure, but if this book was published now the female lead would have been calling the police to arrest the male characters Isn t it odd how used we have become to mobile phones and google, so a book without seems very dated.I m not sure I would rush to read another by this author My favourite time change book remains The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier.