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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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Product Details

ISBN
9780557936922
Published
February 18, 2011
Language
English
Pages
139
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
14925571
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