02 January 2007

Review - The Thirteenth Tale

By Diane Setterfield.
A slow story start, but because of the language of the book, I loved it from the first paragraph. I loved the way the words turned in my ear’s mind. The story itself takes interesting twists like a Sondheim musical. I have a feeling that I “predicted” the ending exactly where the author intended me to predict it. This book throws back to the days of Dickens and the Brönte sisters (to whom she plays homage throughout the book) in both style, language, and story with its dark mansion and secrets and plain-girl heroine. I loved the characters.
My one bane: the author tied up every loose end a bit too tightly in the end. In my opinion, the story would have fared better without the last chapter. Let my imagination have something with which to play.
This book has done well in the market, and I think rightfully so. I tried waiting for the hold line at the library, but waiting in line with the other kids to see Santa was not for me. I needed a GPS short cut. I went through Amazon. It was worth it.


Jennifer Tiszai said...

It's on my TBR list. Might have to bump it up a few notches.

Pamela said...

so ... did you read it all in one sitting and get only an hour sleep??

Just wanted to know if it was that kind of book.

L.L. Barkat said...

Since I have so many books in line, waiting for me to read them, I'll go ahead and put it on my library list. What kind of recommendation swayed you to go Amazon? Or was it just a longing for fiction this Christmas season? :)

Heather said...

Pam - I didn't read it in one sitting. I read it in two days. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.
L.L. - Amazon is my default choice when I don't want to wait for the library. Truth is, I don't like using the library because once I read a book, it becomes part of me. I have separation anxiety when I take books back to the library. But, the budget demands library as much as possible.

lady laura said...

New reader here, but I had to say that I totally agree about the ending being too nicely-tied up. It didn't fit the rest of the story and mildly irritated me. Otherwise, great book. :)