[PDF / Epub] ✩ The Thirteenth Tale ☉ Diane Setterfield – Playutopia.us

The Thirteenth TaleSometimes, When You Open The Door To The Past, What You Confront Is Your Destiny.Reclusive Author Vida Winter, Famous For Her Collection Of Twelve Enchanting Stories, Has Spent The Past Six Decades Penning A Series Of Alternate Lives For Herself Now Old And Ailing, She Is Ready To Reveal The Truth About Her Extraordinary Existence And The Violent And Tragic Past She Has Kept Secret For So Long.Calling On Margaret Lea, A Young Biographer Troubled By Her Own Painful History, Vida Disinters The Life She Meant To Bury For Good Margaret Is Mesmerized By The Author S Tale Of Gothic Strangeness Featuring The Beautiful And Willful Isabelle, The Feral Twins Adeline And Emmeline, A Ghost, A Governess, A Topiary Garden And A Devastating Fire.Together, Margaret And Vida Confront The Ghosts That Have Haunted Them While Becoming, Finally, Transformed By The Truth Themselves.

[PDF / Epub] ✩ The Thirteenth Tale ☉ Diane Setterfield – Playutopia.us
  • ebook
  • 416 pages
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • Diane Setterfield
  • English
  • 24 September 2017
  • 9781416540533

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  1. says:

    Sigh I really, really wanted to like this book I heard good things about it, and it has many elements I usually love in a novel a Victorian sensibility, questions of identity and sisterhood as well as siblinghood generally , meta commentary on writing, and a plain, quiet, somewhat chilly protagonist who prefers books to people The protagonist, Margaret, grew up in a bookstore and learned to read using 19th century novels, and there are clear parallels in the story to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Turn of the Screw, and so on.And yet, with all it had going for it, somehow it fell flat for me Somehow it felt slight and, eventually, tedious at the same time There were definitely many interesting moments, but for some reason, the gothic elements of the story never swept me up in the passion and scandal the way it would if the Brontes or Wilkie Collins wrote it Obviously this is an unfair comparison since the Brontes and Collins are my favorite writers, but then again, if you re going to model your story on Jane Eyre and indeed, there were parts that really beat you over the head with it, stating the obvious instead of allowing the reader to infer for herself , you should be up to the task, right One of the problems, in my opinion, is that it seems Setterfield wanted a Chinese box construction ala Wuthering Heights, but whereas that novel drew me in and made me feel like I was personally sitting at Nelly s feet as she told me the story of H...


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    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 much.Lots 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 drama.Do you like 1 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...


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    Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you You leave the previous book with ideas and themes characters even caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you This quote from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield sums up my experience with the book It s been a while since I ve felt truly drawn in to a novel Likely this is the result of my recent tendency toward selecting less than literary books in an attempt to find some distraction without devoting much real focus to the reading I ll admit that it took me a bit to get hooked, but, a few chapters in, I found myself thinking about the novel and the developing plot at times when I was unable to be reading.There is no reference to time in the setting of The Thirteenth Tale From the context clues, I d guess that it s set in the 1970s It s a world where people still write letters and where if phone lines go down in a storm, country homes are cut off from contact with ci...


  4. says:

    Tell me the truth These are the words that a young journalist speaks to Vida Winter in the beginning of this book Vida is an author famous for spinning magical tales In books, and about her life Each time she releases a new story, she grants multiple interviews, in which every journalist asks her the story of her life, and leaves thinking that they, finally, after decades of deceptions, are the one she s told the truth to But she never does Until now Out of the blue, she writes to an amateur biographer named Margaret Lea, telling her that she has chosen her to be her official biographer That she is finally ready to tell the truth What follows is something I find myself at a loss to describe Setterfield s prose is of the magical variety The kind that lifts from the pages to wrap you in its spell and transport you bodily into the book At one point in the story, Setterfield perfectly describes how I felt when I finally set it down There was a sudden rush in my head, I felt the sick dizziness of the deep sea diver come too fast to the surface Aspects of my room came back into view, one by one My bedspread, the book in my hand, the lamp still shining palely in the daylight that was beginning to creep in through the thin curtains It was morning I had read the night away I immediately woke up my fianc at 5 a.m on a Saturday and began to whisper to him about what I had just read Speaking at full volume didn t seem right, sacrilegious even, because I was st...


  5. says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here s my problem with gothic literature it s so habitually grotesque that it s predictable.If 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 equally unsettling.So even if you guess the HEP Big Secret wrong, whatever it actually is isn t going to make a dent B c you ve already imagined the worst B c gothic.ALSO I don t like it.If I lived in the time of traveling freak shows, I would not attend Not my bag.You So why did you read it Me B c didn t realize it was gothic until I d already started it.You Why didn t you quit Me 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 down.Interviewing her has become a kind of rite of passage for journalists, b c she gives a different version of her life story to every, single one of them how cool is that But now she s dying, so she contacts our MC Margaret , an amateur biographer who s grown up in her father s rare book...


  6. says:

    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 Since my motor coordination isn t sufficient enough to allow me to turn the pages of a magazine book AND pump the pedals on an elliptical trainer, sometime last summer I turned to Audible to solve my problems Now, what one requires 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 school high 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 ...


  7. says:

    Not since Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier has a book so entranced and haunted me I rarely read a book twice but when this came up for a sit in book group I was so excited as I longed to pull the curtains and welcome in the Autumn nights with this wonderful multi layered mystery with its gothic athmosphere that gave me chills down my spine Set in the English Country side Angel field House stands abandoned and forgotten It was once the imposing home of the March family facininating, manipulative Isabell, charlie, her brutal and dangerous brother and the wild untamed twins But Angelfield House conceals a chilling secret whose impact still resonates.Unnerving and compelling in equal measure, this is one of those books where the pages turn by themselves A story of twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seats No guts or gore in this one just a good old fashioned style myst...


  8. says:

    We live like latecomers at the theatre we must catch up as best we can, dividing the beginning from the shape of later events The Thirteenth Tale had been waiting in my TBR list for almost two years, before I finally decided to start reading it It proved to be a rare bibliophile s experience.In the Gothic Literature group October Reading and in a recent discussion with a friend in Goodreads, I described Diane Setterfield s novel as foreboding Each scene, each sentence is a creation of art, each detail so important, nothing is wasted Each page leads to the shocking final twist, although some of the twists in the middle of the book were a bit predictable, if you paid attention I will not go into any detail of the plot, because it is hard to do so without falling into the trap of spoiling something, but I can say that the lover of books will find a treasure of references The most prominent reference is Jane Eyre and rightfully so , with Wuthering Heights and The Woman in White following closely Why Foreboding houses, problematic narrators, troubled heroines, and all the sins and faults of the past that go on haunting families and places Even Sherlock Holmes gets an honourable mention, since there are some riddles that require answers as there are some characters that desire truth and others that seek absolution.For some reason, Miss Winter reminds me of a modern Miss Havisham, from...


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    This has finally come out in paperback This is that one that got an 800,000 advance and is meant to be the best book since sliced bread To be honest I don t hold out a lot of hope.On P 138I take it back I have been sucked in straight away Can barely put it down Whiich is apt seeing as amonst other things it is the tale of books and their words sucking you in It is also the tale of a dying writer and her reluctant biography, lost twins and the ghosts of the past Like The House at Riverton it has a very Brontesque Gothic atmosphere to it it is also set in Cambridge and the Yorkshire Moors my two favourite places And timeless It could be set anytime Whilst it seems modern there are no mobile phones or laptops or other such superfluous crap which makes me think it is a different plane of now It also reminds me of Donna Tart I m not really sure why as it covers none of the themes that Tart obsesses with Maybe it is my utter empathy with the narrator, which I got with the Little Friend and also from the characters in The Secret History This time a solitary girl happier around books than people On finishingIs ...


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    The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel from 2006 with echoes from several Victorian novels The familiar device of a story within a story is employed, and sometimes it even contains another story This story telling tradition strongly reminds the reader of earlier classic tales In fact the rule of threes goes throughout this book echoing its fairytale feel There is the structure of the book itself, Beginnings, Middles and Endings There are three generations in the earlier saga There were three promises extracted by the amanuensis from the author The settings and characters are familiar to us from earlier books too A musty library in a decrepit old house with rambling gardens, grotesque ancients, the impressionable young woman, the worthy servants, the governess, unearthly children, generations of twins, the dependable doctor, the stuffy lawyer, ghostly apparitions and strong hints that all is not what it appears to be.The novel starts strongly with a chapter that is every bibliophile s dream Margaret Lea is an introverted young woman, living and working in her father s antiquarian bookshop The musty atmosphere of the bookshop and her life is powerfully depicted There are descriptions here which are breathtaking Setterfield shows you very early on that she really can write There is something about words In ex...

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