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Anne Rivers Siddons (1936–2019)

Autor(a) de The House Next Door

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About the Author

Novelist Anne Rivers Siddons was born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1936. She studied at Auburn University in Alabama and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Siddons was an editor and columnist for the Auburn Plainsman, senior editor for Atlanta magazine and worked in advertising. Her treatment of the mostrar mais South in her novels often earns comparisons to Margaret Mitchell. One of her books, Peachtree Road, won her Georgia author of the year honors (1988). Her novels include: Sweetwater Creek, Off Season and Burnt Mountain. In 2014 her title, The Girls of August, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Anne Rivers Siddons

The House Next Door (1978) 1,127 exemplares
Colony (1992) 902 exemplares
Outer Banks (1991) 840 exemplares
Sweetwater Creek (2005) 838 exemplares
Up Island (1997) 827 exemplares
Off Season (2008) 815 exemplares
Peachtree Road (1991) 776 exemplares
Low Country (1998) 720 exemplares
Islands (2004) 675 exemplares
Nora, Nora (2000) 608 exemplares
Downtown (1994) 546 exemplares
Burnt Mountain (2011) 540 exemplares
Hill Towns (1993) 539 exemplares
Fault Lines (1995) 523 exemplares
The Girls of August (2014) 406 exemplares

Associated Works

The Dead Zone (1979) — Introdução, algumas edições9,753 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
A Christmas Housewarming (1992) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Livros condensados (1998) 10 exemplares
RDSELP v129 Temporary Sanity | Nora, Nora (2004) — Autor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Siddons, Anne Rivers
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Fairburn, Georgia, USA
Local de falecimento
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Auburn University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame




A 1970s novel firmly of its period with much contemporary detail including the total absence of computers, mobile phones and such, this is a story told by a middle class woman, Colquitt, and firmly grounded in her comfortable life with husband Walter. They have chosen to be childless at a period when such a choice would be more questioned than today, but have a close bond where they are self-sufficient, though they also have a circle of friends and acquaintances for socialising, going to the tennis club etc. and close friends in near neighbours Claire and Roger.

The first vibe of wrongness is that the vacant lot between their house and another of their neighbours is bought and a house begins to be built, threatening to destroy the wildlife area Colquitt has been used to gazing out on. Despite herself she grows to like the house and becomes very fond of the architect, a young man for whom this is his first proper project. The couple who have commissioned the house make frequent visits to view progress. They are a rich, rather empty headed, woman whose relationship with her daddy is a little too close, and her put-upon fledgling lawyer husband. During one of these visits, a truly horrible accident ensues, but even before this occurs, something has been tearing apart the wildlife that lives on the site.

The attrocities abruptly cease after the couple move in and the force responsible turns its attention to them. A succession of owners arrive over time, and each are destroyed in turn through their own weaknesses.

This is an unusual haunted house tale because there is no overt haunting as such. On one occasion, Colquitt experiences a rushing 'white noise' and feeling of electricity in the air when something induces her to act out of character while visiting to water the plants for the holidaying owners - but otherwise there is nothing that could not be explained by normal means, although the piling up of one horrible event after another becomes a strained set of coincidences for those who will not accept a supernatural explanation.

The force reaches out, affecting the general population of the street when other families become too close to the inhabitants and are involved in the various tragedies. Colquitt becomes convinced that there is an evil force sucking the energy out of the house's inhabitants and using their foilbles to destroy them. Her husband resists her interpretation for a long time, but finally he is drawn into accepting and supporting her desire to warn prospective buyers, with the resulting social and career annihilation that follows for both of them. And ultimately, the sacrifice of all they have cherished together.

There is ambiguity in the novel because it all could be suggestion and just really bad luck plus people for some reason acting out of character .... though I don't think that is the author's intention, especially in view of the Epilogue. Some of the characterisation is very good, in particular the relationship between Colquitt and her best friend, and its breakdown as a direct result of the succession of tragedies and her friend's unwillingness first to believe and then to want to have anything to do with it. We also get an insight into the lives and attitudes of the comfortably well off, and the attendant hypocrisy and small mindedness. Some of the book's attitudes are dated, but I don't think it's the fact that two characters suddenly have a gay liaison in public that is deplored, but more the subtle distinction that people who esteemed each other and had a good working relationship are abruptly skewed by the house into behaving in a way they would not otherwise, as happens more frequently between men and women who fall into the house's ambit.

The ending is a bit abrupt and odd, although there is a chilling epilogue, so because of that and because the animal killings seem rather grafted on to what is more properly a tale of psychological chills and end rather conveniently, I rate this at 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 43 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
A quick read, and a bit treacly. I kept waiting for the thing that would tie it all together a bit more.
decaturmamaof2 | 33 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |
Read for a graduate seminar on the haunted house novel at CU Boulder.

Despite having a serious aversion to all things horror or haunted or just dealing with unknown forces in general, I really enjoyed this novel. It is both beautiful written and very well paced. I was also legitimately spooked by the time I finished, so if that's your bag, give it a go!
BreePye | 43 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
Maryjane75 | 43 outras críticas | Sep 30, 2023 |



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