Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I read The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield, so quickly because I just couldn't put it down! I love books like that. After I finished it, I was disappointed that the story was over. I hope that Diane writes more books soon. In this book, a young biographer named Margaret Lea is called upon to write the story of a reclusive author, Vida Winter. Like the summary on the back cover says, "Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves." The story has many twists and turns, which made it fun to read. And the author's use of language is so eloquent. Here if one of my favorite lines from the book:

"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."

That is exactly how I felt after reading this book.


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