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Product Details

  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Random House Trade (September 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0440333997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440333999
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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I have no idea what book the negative reviewers were reading - but my well-worn copy, and much gifted copies to friends was and remains a wonderful, powerful read. The book is much deeper than you think - yes it is a love story, a ghost story, a history, a mystery and God forbid, even a happy ending for the troubled souls in the book, and the audience. As a person who is haunted by places at times, the book evokes that sense of lost time wonderfully - and Ned Conti is proof that persistence is key, although good fortune, even in small amounts never hurts. This is a wonderful book. Read it and enjoy the trip. I have given away 10 copies, and everyone loved it. Who you going to believe?
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A very classy debut novel from Robert Girardi. My friend loaned me a copy for my vacation and I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Travelling back and forth in time to the very different cities of New York and New Orleans, the story revolves around Ned Conti, a thirtysomething who lacks direction in his life and the paranormal events that occur in his apartment during one hot summer in New York. Wonderfully atmospheric descriptions of Conti's gritty existence in New York and the seedy side of 19th Century New Orleans. Amazing - I haven't read such a good ghost story since Susan Hill's "The Woman In Black".
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I just reread Madeleine's Ghost and was reminded why it's one of my all time favorites. It has everything: romance, mystery, intrigue, secrets, history, and a haunting. The author writes beautifully and his descriptions of New York and New Orleans pull the reader right into the story. The characters are real and believable, and the story is original and satisfying.
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Format: Paperback
I knew from Paragraph 1 that Madeleine's Ghost would be a winner. The haunting in his apartment, his relationship with his neighbors, friends and the priest, and the uncertain life of living in New York (with the low rent, projects and bodies) all work together to make this an excellent novel. Ned Conti seems to be hovering on the line between skepticism and faith. He and his friends, Chase, Jillian, Molesworth, are ever so alive in the story. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud and other parts made me think. It's also nice to read a novel where the main character hasn't shed his religious faith, either. The story kept going at an even pace and was well put-together. Very entertaining.
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I was caught from the opening scene, with the stones falling from the ceiling. The book held me fast with its intricate twining of cities, people, places and times, not to mention the juxtapostion of the supernatural on the often otherworldly weirdness of the modern world. The mingled plots developed and kinked and then worked themselves out beautifully. The protagonist, painfully naive at times, managed to have his eyes opened and maintain his innocent dignity through to the end. Very engaging story.
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Format: Hardcover
This book combines the best of a ghost and a love story. It also manages to convey the gritty, seamy side of New York City where crime and muggings have become second nature and contrast it with the down-home, blues-driven, relaxed style of New Orleans life - past and present. You read of drugs, despair, saints and sinners and what happens to people who make wrong choices for what they perceive to be right reasons. You can travel back and forth in time and when the story ends, you end up knowing that there is another story still to be written about many of these characters. These people were humans with human weaknesses and failings. You could sympathize as well as recognize their fantasies and beliefs and you are satisfied at the book's end that everything came together in a complete circle of time.
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I stumbled on this book in a public library in New York back in '96 and was immediately captivated. It stuck with me so I eventually purchased a copy and have also bought it for many friends. What Girardi does with great skill is locate his books (I've since read all but one of his novels and novellas). Madeleine's Ghost is set in NYC and in New Orleans, and in both settings, there is no where else they could have been set. Each place is as much a part of the story as any of the characters. Both cities feel fully alive and real. I personally love fiction that is so deeply rooted in places, so Madeleine's Ghost is a go to favorite.
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Mixed feelings about this one - it's so many things rolled into one: a love/obsession story; sort of a ghost story; sort of a mystery; a saint/sinner story. It's also a story with very few likable characters - and I'm so, so tired of people who are alcohol dependent/drug dependent/dysfunctional sex dependent. So why did I give it three stars? Well, the author was able to make the ghostly part almost believable (I do not normally read 'ghost' stories), and the sections about the sainthood documentation were interesting, and some of the minor characters were intriguing - I wish there had been more about Rust. But, all in all, I felt like a good shower and tooth brushing after I finished the novel would be beneficial.
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