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Ebook The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions read! Book Title: The Beckoning Fair One
The author of the book: Oliver Onions
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: August 30th 2004
ISBN: 0486436470
ISBN 13: 9780486436470
Language: English
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A chilling novella about a writer's move into a flat and his quick descent into lunacy. I can see why this classic is still being recommended today: it set the table for many such stories to come, and yet doesn't feel dated or overly familiar. Onions is a splendid writer: he gets right into his protagonist's head and so we descend right alongside him, following his increasingly deranged thought process and disastrous life decisions. The storytelling is never stilted and - despite its eventual cruelty - the storyteller has a lot of empathy for his two main characters.

The sound of the ghost brushing her hair was pretty freaky. The image of our unhinged protagonist standing for hours in just the right spot in the hallway - the spot that allows him to see into all five of his rooms at once - was even freakier. And the long sequence where the writer decides he's going to carefully ignore the ghost because that's the best way to get a lady's attention was the freakiest thing of all. There's plenty more unnerving bits of horror, but the main thing I took away from this was how sorry I felt for the sad, pretentious Oleron. The ghost in this story doesn't just influence his mood, it takes away his affection for the one woman who appreciates him and, just as terribly, it destroys his personal ambitions. He begins to see his flat as his special hidey hole, a place of heady scents and romantic contemplation; the reader begins to see the starkness of his rooms and halls as a mirror reflecting an empty life and an even emptier future.



I was impressed by Onions' portrait of the brave love interest, who is atypical for her time period. Stout and sensible (although eccentric in her couture, and yay for that too); devoted to the hero but never in a clinging or pathetic way; a career girl during a time when such things where considered pretty radical... she's a striking creation. Although she suffers WATCH OUT HERE COMES A SPOILER an early version of the dreaded Woman in Refrigerator trope, she's an admirably well-developed character up until then.


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Ebook The Beckoning Fair One read Online! Oliver Onions was born in Bradford in 1873. Although he legally changed his name to George Oliver in 1918, he always published under the name Oliver Onions. Onions originally worked as a commercial artist before turning to writing, and the dust jackets of his earliest works included illustrations painted by Onions himself.

Onions was a prolific writer of short stories and novels and is best remembered today for his ghost stories, the most famous of which is probably ‘The Beckoning Fair One’, originally published in Widdershins (1911). Despite being known today chiefly for his supernatural short fiction, Onions also published more than a dozen novels in a variety of genres, including In Accordance with the Evidence (1912), The Tower of Oblivion (1921), The Hand of Kornelius Voyt (1939), The Story of Ragged Robyn (1945), and Poor Man's Tapestry (1946), which won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize as the best work of fiction published that year.

Onions was apparently a very private individual, and though admired and well-respected in his time, he appears not to have moved in literary circles, and few personal memoirs of him survive. He spent most of his later life in Wales, where he lived with his wife, Berta Ruck (1878-1978), herself a prolific and popular novelist; they had two sons, Arthur (b. 1912) and William (b. 1913). Oliver Onions died in 1961.


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HARRISON

A book that impressed me to the depths of my soul.

WILLIAM

It reads on one breath.

LACEY

The book is very deep! Tip for Reading.

MAX

I read the whole book with a stupid smile on my face. General advice to everyone!

FREYA

Interesting, exciting story.




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