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READING THE TBR, DAY 299: The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood (1987) by Eva Ibbotson

Another Eva Ibbotson triumph, though this one is rather more outlandish than the others I have read thus far.  Because there are ghosts in this one, and everyone is cool with there being ghosts, and moreover — spoiler alert for a thirty-year-old kids’ book — at the end, the ghosts become celebrities.

I mean, sure. Okay.

Despite this nonsensicalness, however, I really enjoyed this book. Even if a twelve-year-old Scottish laird is permitted to sell his ancestral castle to an American millionaire. Even if said twelve-year-old then moves in with the American millionaire and his allegedly frail daughter once the castle is transported across the Atlantic. Even if there is a kidnapping subplot enacted by a woman so enamoured of Hitler that she renames herself “Adolpha.”

Even if there are ghosts and everyone is cool with there being ghosts.

It takes a singular talent to make a story of such silliness enjoyable to the adult brain (or, such I have the audacity to claim). But, as has been amply proven to me repeatedly this year, Eva Ibbotson had just such a talent. 

I am just sorry it took me so long to discover it for myself.


TBR DAY 299: The Haunting of Hiram C. Hopgood, aka The Haunting of Hiram by Eva Ibbotson
GENRE: Children’s Fiction
TIME ON THE TBR: ~13 years.  
KEEP: Yep!

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