Friday, July 1, 2011

Quick Review: The Yellow Wallpaper

"It is stripped off—the paper—in great patches . . . The colour is repellent . . . In the places where it isn’t faded and where the sun is just so—I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about . . ."
Based on the author’s own experiences, The Yellow Wallpaper is the chilling tale of a woman driven to the brink of insanity by the "rest cure" prescribed after the birth of her child. Isolated in a crumbling colonial mansion, in a room with bars on the windows, the tortuous pattern of the yellow wallpaper winds its way into the recesses of her mind.

My Review:

Generally speaking I do not gravatate towards short stories. I don't know maybe I don't consider them "meaty" enough, but a friend of mine; who knows I'm into all things creepy, suggested this. My version is only 22 short pages long, but seriously it's a LOT of creepy smushed into those short pages! It's a creepy and atmospheric book but in a subtle way. I read it through then read it over again just in case I missed a heebie jeebie. It's not a BOO! kind of creepy book. It's a total know she's got a few loose but you don't know just how loose until the end! It's definitely a good set up and a great piece of writing!

1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading The Victoria Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski and several individuals recommended reading The Yellow Wallpaper as well. Looks like that will be next on my list this weekend! :)


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