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Ghosts

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Ghosts is the third novel from North Carolina-based writer Kevin Flinn. It’s based upon Henrik Ibsen’s classic tragedy, a scathing commentary on 19th century morality. Flinn’s adaptation sets the action in northwest Pennsylvania in 1910. While the widow Helen Alving puts the finishing touches on the orphanage that will serve as a memorial to her late husband, her estranged son Oswald returns home from San Francisco. Oswald and his ideas about love and marriage clash with those of the devout Father Manders, Mrs. Alving’s spiritual advisor and partner in the orphanage. During the course of one rainy evening, the Alvings, their priest, maid and carpenter delve deeply into the nature of truth, family, and the ghosts that surround them.
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  • By Michael Pemulis
    Mar 22, 2011
    If there’s a steady trend in Flinn’s fiction, it’s his protagonists—from Adam in Because to Tom in Through the Night and Wind to Oswald in Ghosts, he has a penchant for getting the reader to sympathize with troubled young men with sound hearts. While it’s arguable that Oswald is the most troubled of the three, he also arguably has the most on his plate, and Flinn renders him as the tortured artist come home for protection from his mother (something that Adam and Tom weren’t provided). Oswald feels just as real as the other two, even if chronologically he lived a century earlier.
  • By Peter Sheridan
    Mar 21, 2011
    Flinn’s third novel is a departure of sorts—his previous two books were set in the present, with realistic characters facing modern dilemmas. Ghosts is also his first adaptation, a faithful rendition of Henrik Ibsen’s play that he’s set in the early 20th century. The characters Flinn has chosen to work with are believable and mostly dynamic, thanks to the source material. Where this novelization succeeds most is in the back stories that Flinn gives Mrs. Alving, Oswald, Manders, Jacob Engstrand and Regina. Whereas in the play we know little of their histories and prior entanglements, here we’re allowed to know how Engstrand became a carpenter or Captain Alving’s dedicated... More > service to the U.S. Navy. The updated dialogue serves this adaptation as well—Ibsen never much cared for most of the English translations of his work, especially Ghosts. On stage this play can be overwrought and verbose; Flinn has trimmed most of the fat, heightening the conversations and confrontations... More > among the characters.< Less
  • By Peter Sheridan
    Mar 6, 2011
    Flinn’s third novel is a departure of sorts—his previous two books were set in the present, with realistic characters facing modern dilemmas. Ghosts is also his first adaptation, a faithful rendition of Henrik Ibsen’s play that he’s set in the early 20th century. The characters Flinn has chosen to work with are believable and mostly dynamic, thanks to the source material. Where this novelization succeeds most is in the back stories that Flinn gives Mrs. Alving, Oswald, Manders, Jacob Engstrand and Regina. Whereas in the play we know little of their histories and prior entanglements, here we’re allowed to know how Engstrand became a carpenter or Captain Alving’s dedicated service to the U.S. Navy. The updated dialogue serves this adaptation as well—Ibsen never much cared for most of the English translations of his work, especially Ghosts. On stage this play can be overwrought and verbose; Flinn has trimmed most of the fat, heightening the conversations and confrontations among the... More > characters.< Less
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Published
September 27, 2011
Language
English
Pages
139
File Format
PDF
File Size
709.51 KB
Product ID
17359973

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