Lucky "Thirteenth"

by myzticrhythmz@evpl on Wednesday, February 25 2009, 10:59am. Viewed 1,165 times.

thirteenth tale book coverI'll admit when it comes to literature, I am something of a late bloomer. It took a book group assignment last year for me to finally read Jane Eyre, and of course, I fell in love with it. Recently I  followed some friends' recommendations of a book that's reminiscent of that classic novel.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a dark, Jane-Eyre-on-a-roller-coaster kind of book. In the story, renowned English author Vida Winter is dying, and has called upon a bookseller's daughter and sometime-biographer, Margaret Lea, to write Winter's life story. What follows is a well-paced, very Gothic, sometimes creepy tale, replete with twins, ghosts, a governess, mistaken identities, and a bit of madness thrown in for good measure.  Though parts of the ending seemed a bit contrived, there were still enough surprises to be satisfying.

If you haven't tried The Thirteenth Tale yet, by all means do so--and let us know what you think!

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on Wednesday, February 25 2009, 2:40pm

I read this a while ago and really loved it!  It reminded me, though, of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. The mousey little bookseller's daughter remined me so much of "the second Mrs. DeWinter." Rebecca is one of my favorite classic movies and I loved the novel as well.  

Weren't the character descriptions great in The Thirteeth Tale?  

on Wednesday, February 25 2009, 4:31pm

Definitely--I can just picture Tilda Swinton as Miss Winter!

on Monday, March 2 2009, 7:10pm

I love this book, but I've never been able to explain why... I just love it!