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Free read The Thirteenth Tale 107 À 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 outlandisIng 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. This book has been on my tbr for the last three years Then with time I lost track of my old list to be read and moved on to reading other books which sparked my interestThen recently I came across these books which I thought I would red but had never looked at them again so I decided to start reading my old interests This turned out to be the first one After a long long time I came across a story that had me captivated until the last word It kept me awake at night every moment I tried to catch a point so that the mystery be solved but it kept me hooked up until the very endThis is the story of unwanted attention and lost love Of unbearable sorrow and irreplaceable lossOf broken hearts and lost soulsOf damaged minds and clever ideasOf beautiful lies and ugly truthsOf blue eyes and red hairOf empty reality and colorful talesOf forbidden passionate romances anduick witted motherless babiesOf alive and dead twin childrenOf blinding beauties and dysfunctional familiesI specifically loved the way the story is written The writer seems to be truly in sync with the way stories should be told I felt lost to the world and living in the story itself And when I came out of my imagination I knew the characters are gonna stick with me for a long time You just cannot not hate them not like them not get used to them or not think them to be just characters and in the end not let yourself be in love with them at a certain levelIt has those few attraction my mind craves in a bookstory setting in the world of literature classical novels and their heroines a gothic atmosphere time worn buildings and family history poetic at certain levels normal days enveloped in mysteries multiple layers unexpected twistsSo basically this book was a treat for meI look forward to reading books by the author5 starsHighly recommended

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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. 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 issomething 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 fiancé at 5 am 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 still caught in this book's thrall and the ghosts of those who haunted the pages seemed to stalk my waking mind I finished it four days ago and still my fingers twitch toward my beautiful hardcover copy Because The Thirteenth Tale is a book that you need to read at least twice in your life The first time to learn the truth The second time to see with eyes wide open what is really taking place within these pages This is easily one of my top 10 books of all timeBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

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The Thirteenth TaleAll 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. 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 uestions of identity and sisterhood as well as siblinghood generally meta commentary on writing and a plain uiet 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 onAnd 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 Heathcliff and Cathy somehow Setterfield's construction in which the novelist Vida Winter tells Margaret her story and does so using third person for a reason revealed later in the novel feels very distanced Margaret has a personal obsession which is supposed to parallel Miss the novel's term not mine Winter's but this obsession for me at least had me wishing Margaret would just get over it already Miss Winter's story stops adding much new information at a certain point and later we are given the diaries of a minor character which essentially only goes over information we already know Yet despite this the ending feels rushed and the mysterious thirteenth tale which Margaret receives in writing toward the end is only excerpted One wishes AS Byatt had written this novel as I suspect Setterfield may not have felt up to the task of writing the thirteenth tale which has a fascinating premise Byatt I am sure would have written a gorgeous tale to end the book withThat's the bottom line I suppose I just don't think Setterfield is that good a stylist The story should have drawn me in but didn't and I set it down to writing that simply wasn't as imaginative or lovely as it could have been If I read that someone made hot sweet tea ONE MORE TIME I was going to go crazy I like hot sweet tea as much as the next Victorianist but can't you find something else to describe or a different way of doing it With all of the wonderful Victorian style writing going on now from former academics like Sarah Waters and AS Byatt it's too bad this book didn't measure up I kept comparing it to the in my opinion wonderful The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which is also a first novel by a former academic The Historian has faults it's a little repetitious in certain points it's unwieldly there are some logic issues but it is so true to its Victorian predecessor Bram Stoker's Dracula in feeling and it completely sucks you in pun intended I have discovered a personal preference I would rather have an overlong unweildy messy wonderful novel that completely absorbs me than a shorter tidier but slight novel that doesn't touch me emotionally Wow did I just write a review that's longer than the book I just read