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I approached Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook without a forensic eye, I wanted to be entertained and to see what a good short ghost story could do. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book has ratings and 20 reviews. Bill said: My first reading of “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” will always hold a special place i. Ruth Rendell doesn’t believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James’s stories, like ‘ Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’, frighten her nonetheless.

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The sacristan began for the first time to show signs of hurry and impatience. Dec 25, Stephan Peters rated it really liked it.

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I trust to goodness not — no. And I expect to not be blown away, as a short ghost story has very little room to manoeuvre outside a straight up tale of the unexpected with or without twist.

One remark is universally made by those to whom I have shown the picture: The verger says that there is no library but that he has an old book in his house in which Dennistoun may be interested. I read a lot of so-called genre fiction, but I have never read many ghost stories.

Why should you trouble me? I think what James does here is to unbalance the story by overdoing that. Something of the character of an oratory was imparted to it by a tall crucifix, which reached almost to the ceiling on one side; the figure was painted of the natural colours, the cross was black.

He then realizes that it is a hand. It’s about time we got around to some M. Shall I find it?


Reading Group #9 (‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’)

However, it would be foolish not to go; he ecrapbook reproach himself for ever after if he refused. This prompts a question: The four surrounding guards were looking at the King. Curious noises they were, sometimes. Apr 19, Carolin rated it it was ok. It is wrapped in white cloth with a red cross sewn onto it. He had taken the crucifix off, and laid it on the table, when his attention was caught by an object lying on the red cloth just by his left elbow.

James as well as several examples of the type of pages that so excite Dennistoun.

He notices the Englishman is interested in old books. We would know in the real world is people were being regualrly killed by pictures. And then I notice that I’d formed the intention of buying a collected M.

Pierre and Bertrand, the two sturdy little serving-men, who rushed in, saw nothing, but felt themselves thrust aside by something that passed out between them, and found Dennistoun in a swoon. One thing I thought I detected here was a certain confusion of tone – just a touch of ‘English gentleman dealing with the funny foreigners’, humorous style at odds with content and genre.

Because he is essentially describing the indescribable, beyond the hair and the bogglly evil eyes of the creature in the picture, James can only describe an effect.

Under the plan is a Latin text, dated December 12,in which someone says he will find something which will make him rich and an object of envy and that he will die in his bed.


In his room, Dennistoun looks at the scrapbook again. Bertrand delivered a man whom the devil long sought to strangle. Bristled, canom, brash reactions to the words and the voice of the narrator on the audiobook, Michael Hordern.

The four surrounding guards were looking at the King. He hears the woman say that Pierre and Bertrand will be sleeping in the hotel that evening. Shall I live an object of envy?

Dennistoun became rather fidgety after a time. Leave monsieur alone in the cnon He was a historian, and headmaster of Eton, and wrote ghost stories for the boys’ amusement.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M. R. James : Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

It’s too easy a cop-out to say that there must be something about James’s writing style that chimes with me, so I’ll have to give some serious thought to the matter. Published March 29th by Penguin Classics first published The thought of collecting antiquities or even visiting a church is considerably less palatable now. He suspects that another twenty pages in the scrapbook come from a manuscript that was believed to have been completely lost in the 12th century.

So monsieur turned on, meeting new treasures at every rise of a leaf; and at the end of the book he came upon two sheets of paper, cano much more recent date than anything he had seen yet, which puzzled him considerably.