Book Review Friday – The Thirteenth Tale

Second post… and it’s about a great novel I found by mistake. Literally. I was buying a couple of books and when I went to pay for them, somebody had left it back for the girls to put back on the shelf. The title really caught my eye, and what’s one more book, right?

thirteenth tale

The Thirteenth Tale – a really good story written by a great author about a really good story told by a great author 😀

confused yet?

I recommend you pick up one copy of the book and be prepared to be drawn into a world of secrets and unexpected disclosures. The ending brought me to tears, good tears I may add, as it closes so beautifully and it is the type of book that lingers with you for a while and you are scared to pick up another book in case the characters traits and actions spill into the new read.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is an intense story about family, family secrets, winter, and books. The Thirteenth Tale is a book lover’s book, with much of the action taking place in libraries and book stores, and the lines between fact and fiction are constantly blurred. The concise chapters make it easy to follow and it has a nice break to the story at bedtime. I picked up the book at the local bookstore and it had the “staff’s pick” sticker on it, later to find out it is Setterfield’s debut novel. She makes the words come to life with such skill that some passages even gave me chills.

“All children mythologize their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to
know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you when he was
born. What you get won’t be te truth: it will be a story. And nothing is
more telling than a story.” Tales of Change and Desperation, Vida Winter

This is not meant to be a realistic book. The impression of fairy tale gives all the power and mystery to the writing. While “place” is extremely  important to the book,” time” is not. Don’t try to figure out when the novel was supposed to take place, because it could just as easily have been now or a hundred years ago.

A beautiful written novel and next month I’ll have a review for Setterfield’s next book release, Bellman and Black.

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