Jul 27, Navessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have no answer to them. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – 5 stars. Hester, like Jane was a governess at a manor, employed by a wealthy master. And with the fifth, no resolution, only the feeling that sooner or later the fragile bonds that linked this random set of notes would give way as the links with the rest of the tune had given way, and even this last, empty fragment would be gone for good, scattered to the wind like the last leaves from a winter tree. There is no reference to time in the setting of The Thirteenth Tale.
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So I do understand the feeling of growing up feeling like there is supposed to be someone else there. View all 18 comments. 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.
The story of Winter’s history tape at first written in third person past tense, but at a turning point in the story, when Charlie is missing, Winter suddenly uses the pronoun “I”.
It is not possible that her employer would know that she had access to this sole copy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yes, it was well worth reading. Aurelius is found with a torn page from Jane Eyre. If this is what women read and apparently there are people who actually enjoyed this catastrophe, in dianr it has a higher rating than some Cormac McCarthy no Dear god.
I can’t believe I have had this book in my stacks for a few years now! Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. The settings and characters are familiar to us from earlier books too.
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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was, for a lack of a better word, an interesting book. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 require narrative to keep me going.
She learnt that lesson early in life when she was sitting on a wall, reading, and fell off when she relaxed her muscles too much.
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Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. Margaret is an odd choice, only previously having published short snippets and biographical articles. Another thing that I noticed about this book was that Ms. The result is pure feeling.
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The literary wetterfield 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 then if Miss Lea’s mother didn’t blameher for the loss it would have helped also. My interest wavered throughout the novel, going on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.
Margaret is a very interesting character that stands as equal to the troubled Vida.
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. This is tragic tale of arson, incest,insanity, abandonment and murder.
The mansion was old and had been opulent. It really helps keep the characters separate, which I the thirteenth tale by diane setterfield is really important. Confused, as Margaret usually only writes biographies of long dead people, and also because Ms Winter is well known for her secrecy, Margaret decides to travel to Ms Winters estate and talk with her.
She was a diletante, talented amateur in the company of thirgeenth and academic writers. These are just some random thoughts that were skittering through my mind while I was reading this book. The audio version was really well done. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved.
In books, and about her life. Vida was the only reason that Emmeline didn’t react like Adeline.