E–pub New [The Thirteenth Tale] ð Diane Setterfield


  • Hardcover
  • 406
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • Diane Setterfield
  • English
  • 27 December 2020
  • 9780743298025

Diane Setterfield ¿ 9 Review

Read & download Ø The Thirteenth Tale ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ Diane Setterfield Er Margaret Lea a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth hidden by those who loved her most remains an ever present pain Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own Margaret takes on the commission As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good Margaret is mesmerized It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family including the beautiful and willful Isabelle the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline a ghost a governess a topiary garden and a devastating fire Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytell. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here s my problem with gothic literature it s so habitually grotesue that it s predictableIf there s not incest there s a crazy wife in the attic If there s not a crazy wife in the attic there s a murderous illegitimate son who s not right in the head Or conjoined twins Or a dying gypsy s curse Or something eually unsettlingSo even if you guess the HEP Big Secret wrong whatever it actually is isn t going to make a dent Bc you ve already imagined the worst Bc gothicALSO I don t like itIf I lived in the time of traveling freak shows I would not attend Not my bagYou So why did you read itMe Bc didn t realize it was gothic until I d already started itYou Why didn t you uitMe SCHADENFREUDE thestruggleisrealPlus the concept is friggin amazing England s most beloved author who s written 56 novels in 56 years has zealously guarded her privacy She made her pen name her legal name and has threatened any would be biographers with lawsuits until they backed downInterviewing her has become a kind of rite of passage for journalists bc she gives a different version of her life story to every single one of them how cool is thatBut now she s dying so she contacts our MC Margaret an amateur biographer who s grown up in her father s rare bookshop a bibliophile s DREAM and employs Margaret to write her life story before she leaves this mortal coilAfter that is when it gets weird And gross And creepy And messed the eff upMan alive these people are CRAZY Including Margaret who has an unhealthy fixation on her dead shortly after birth twin sister Genre preferences aside there s no denying that this is a beautifully written book There is something about words In expert hands manipulated deftly they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk and when you are so enthralled you cannot move they pierce your skin enter your blood numb your thoughts Inside you they work their magic It s also mindbendingly clever The line between mental illness and the supernatural is so thin so frail so indecipherable that even now days later I can t stop thinking about it were the ghosts real or did they only exist in her mindI DON T KNOW EDVARD MUNCH FACETHE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield is not a book you read then forget It stays with you taking up brain space whispering incessantly like the five notes of a song you can t place but can t escape It s beautiful and terrible And even if you avoid gothic novels like I do this one This one deserves to be made an exception Highly recommended with trepidation

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The Thirteenth Tale

Read & download Ø The Thirteenth Tale ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ Diane Setterfield All children mythologize their birthSo begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret Now old and ailing she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life She summons biograph. There is something about words In expert hands manipulated deftly they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk and when you are so enthralled you cannot move they pierce your skin enter your blood numb your thoughts Inside you they work their magic I don t know if I ve ever loved words so muchLots of people told me that this was a book I needed to read but many of those people also warned me that I might find it slow So I went into The Thirteenth Tale prepared for a subtle plot that moved at a gentle pace well maybe my expectations are to blame but that wasn t what I got Slow Not for me There was not a slow moment in this story because the prose itself was dynamic and consumingly evocative I was intrigued by the mystery seduced by the characters and caught up in page after page of well written family dramaDo you like1 Books2 Mysteries3 Family dramasIf you said yes to those then I really can t see any reason you wouldn t love this book People were right when they said it s a book for people who love books It is A love of literature and words is enthused in every page of this novel I find myself believing that had I not already been a bibliophile an encounter with this book would be enough to have me drooling over the endless possibilities and magic that lie within stories I must confess that I am almost always a story person first a character person at a close second and a languageword person last This book delivered on all three but it was the latter that most amazed me Setterfield completely seduces you with words I read passages over and over again because I loved the language and style so much Books are for me it must be said the most important thing what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once banal and essential than that When I was a child books were everything And so there is in me always a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled The story is about a biographer called Margaret Lea who very suddenly and unexpectedly receives a hand written letter from the popular and critically acclaimed novelist Vida Winters Ms Winters wants Margaret to recount her life story she wants to finally stop telling fictional stories and reveal the truth of her childhood and all its dark secrets Before accepting Margaret reads and falls in love with one of the author s books called Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation but she is surprised to find that it contains only twelve stories where is the thirteenth tale Margaret finds herself unable to refuse the job And as Vida Winters opens up and both women are forced to confront the demons of their pastsI for one was totally sucked into every aspect of the story The writing had hold of me the characters made me need to know about their lives the mysteries surrounding Winters youth kept me guessing If it s possible I think this book made me love books even Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

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Read & download Ø The Thirteenth Tale ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ Diane Setterfield Ing but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity She demands the truth from Vida and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming finally transformed by the truth themselves The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading a book for the feral reader in all of us a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing make you wonder move you to tears and laughter and in the end deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday li. I know that most people like to work out to Gnarls Barkley or Metallica or what have you but I find gym based exercise so exceedingly boring that I reuire narrative to keep me going Since my motor coordination isn t sufficient enough to allow me to turn the pages of a magazinebook AND pump the pedals on an elliptical trainer sometime last summer I turned to Audible to solve my problems Now what one reuires from printed matter may not at all do for the recorded book and in my case it turns out that I can only sustain listening interesting in heavily plot driven novels or extra dorkified pod casts of Wait Wait Don t Tell Me sigh Peter Segel Unfortunately the intersections of a compelling plot and interesting writing are fairly few and far between plus the narrator has to be a strong reader whose vocal stylings are not reminiscent of one s old junior high schoolhigh school drama club classmates This is difficult The literary writer trying on genre often works well John Banville as Benjamin Black is pretty good forgive my snobbery but only because the conventions of a straightforward mystery or sci fi novel can be a little cringe inducing when you actually hear them recited aloud But seriously I love Science fiction so no dissAnyhoo The Thirteenth Tale seemed as though it would fit the bill perfectly I mean premise wise it s the kind of book editors slaver over personal experience alert esp vis a vis potential audience in other words well heeled women possibly of a certain age The whole freaking novel is in effect a love letter to Jane Eyre and the other mega hits of the 19th century I m browsing Audible thinking to myself ok talking out loud to myself Dark family secrets Check Wheels within wheels narrative Check Gloomy old English estate Check Both Victorian and presumably post war setting Check Antiuarian bookstore Check Lonely main character whose best friends are books Secondary main character who is a mysterious isolated writer Check and CheckUnfortunately I think the voice I was hearing in my head was actually Diane Setterfield s cajoling coercive whinging and not my own Emphasis on coercive my main gripe about this mess of a novel is that while reading I couldn t shake the feeling that the author is constantly trying to impress upon the reader HOODWINK INTO BELIEVING like it that this piece of moribund trash is actually a work of serious literatureMight I illustrate this vexing complaint for you Let s talk theme for a moment The central preoccupation of this novel is twinning or twinness The two main characters are both twins not each other s whose core identity has been formed by this as Diane Setterfield would have it division of one soul one egg one person into two bodies The concept of the twin is the leitmotif of The Thirteenth Tale Unfortunately Setterfield s entire take on the idea of the twin can be fairly summarized in the above italicized line Over the course of the book she uses the same metaphor at least four times to describe separated twins or non twins the amputee She has nothing but the most obvious predictable easy pop psychology thoughts to offer vis a vis twins but these ideas are all delivered in overwrought hyperbolic purple prose Every time the main character Margaret catches sight of her reflection which occurs at least ten times she swoons into an overheated almost laughable disuisition about her twin her reflection who waits for her just on the other side of this mortal coil Every Single TimeHow about books Well could you imagine that some clever minx would have us believe that books are like the ghosts of dead people I mean as a committed life long reader I have never encountered nor thought of such a bold notion author s words outlive their bodies and thus reading might be an act of communion with the dead Whoa And also dead folk might get lonely it s so lonely being dead and the act of reading is akin to an act of friendship andor companionship Fortunately for my feeble and limited imagination Setterfield ensures that such concepts are inescapable in her novel s groundbreaking treatise on the delights literature has to offerSetterfield makes the further mistake of declaring that Margaret s counterpoint Vida Winter is the greatest living English author of her day a point that is crucial to the story s operation Her books have won legions of awards and generations of journalists and biographers have been rebuffed in their frenzied attempts to discover her life story But Setterfield is not capable of convincing us that Winter is a great one of THE greats talent The narratives that Winter spins for Margaret are pale imitations of AtwoodByatt esue storylines Setterfield s insistence that we believe Winter is a cannonized author damages the credibility of the rest of the novel especially as it relates to the reader s reuired suspension of disbelief Of course the problem is that Setterfield is not nor should she be the greatest living English author nor even close to it and she s overreaching in trying to depict Winter as such It s sort of like an unfunny writer trying to write a funny character the author doesn t possess the tools to show us that the character is funny but can only tell us she is Honestly I could continue on in my screed for uite a while longer but I think I should save my energies for positive reviews Let me just mention that this novel s construction pacing and plotting are all askew as well and that its ultimate resolution is a huge disappointment Perhaps my take is soured by the fact that I spent fourteen hours listening to this novel instead of four or so hours reading it But my feeling is that what could have been a fun homage to the nineteenth century novel became instead a dull trainwreck of a book derailed by its own inflated sense of literary import If anyone knows of a better but similar in texture novel to accompany me on my upcoming travelsadventures in exercise I d love to hear it Thanks


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    E–pub New [The Thirteenth Tale] ð Diane Setterfield I know that most people like to work out to Gnarls Barkley or Metallica or what have you but I find gym based exercise so exceedingly boring that I reuire narrative to keep me going Since my motor coordination isn

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