Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The novel The Thirteenth Tale follows biographer Margaret Lea, who receives the opportunity to write a full-access biography on the acclaimed and notoriously elusive author Vida Winter. The novel’s author, Diane Setterfield, invokes gothic elements and style reminiscent of Charlotte and Emily Bronte as she slowly unravels Vida’s deepest and darkest secrets.
Readers in our group were rather divided: some quickly lost interest and found the writing to be overly-detailed, while others ultimately enjoyed the novel despite the challenge to complete it at times. Fans also cited various plot holes in the book but were still appreciative of the majority of the novel’s story, including its big twist.
The Thirteenth Tale is not for everyone, but Setterfield does successfully execute gothic style enough to satisfy most Bronte fans.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
The real magic in this book is in the descriptions Morgenstern writes. One almost has the sense of actually walking around the circus and visiting the cloud tent, where circus goers can actually walk on clouds; or visiting the ice garden, where the ice never melts no matter the temperature. Each tent at the circus transforms from a strategic move in a game neither understands, to a wondrous love letter created from one to the other.
The pacing of this novel feels like taking a walk in the park on a cool autumn day. As such, I won't recommend this to those of you who like action packed, complicated plot lined novels. I will recommend this to people who like: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Baz Luhrmann movies (Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliet, Strictly Ballroom), and Big Fish.
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Reviewed by Samantha