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  • Hardcover
  • 406 pages
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • Diane Setterfield
  • English
  • 04 June 2014
  • 9780743298025

10 thoughts on “The Thirteenth Tale

  1. says:

    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?

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    “There is something about words In expert hands manipulated deftly they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk and when you are so enthralled you cannot move they pierce your skin enter your blood numb your thoughts Inside you they work their magic” I don't know if I've ever loved words so muchLots of people told me that this was a book I needed to read but many of those people also warned me that I might find it slow So I went into The Thirteenth Tale prepared for a subtle plot that moved at a gentle pace well maybe my expectations are to blame but that wasn't what I got Slow?? Not for me There was not a slow moment in this story because the prose itself was dynamic and consumingly evocative I was intrigued by the mystery seduced by the characters and caught up in page after page of well written family dramaDo you like?1 Books2 Mysteries3 Family dramasIf you said yes to those then I really can't see any reason you wouldn't love this book People were right when they said it's a book for people who love books It is A love of literature and words is enthused in every page of this novel I find myself believing that had I not already been a bibliophile an encounter with this book would be enough to have me drooling over the endless possibilities and magic that lie within stories I must confess that I am almost always a story person first a character person at a close second and a languageword person last This book delivered on all three but it was the latter that most amazed me Setterfield completely seduces you with words I read passages over and over again because I loved the language and style so much “Books are for me it must be said the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once banal and essential than that When I was a child books were everything And so there is in me always a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled” The story is about a biographer called Margaret Lea who very suddenly and unexpectedly receives a hand written letter from the popular and critically acclaimed novelist Vida Winters Ms Winters wants Margaret to recount her life story she wants to finally stop telling fictional stories and reveal the truth of her childhood and all its dark secrets Before accepting Margaret reads and falls in love with one of the author's books called Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation but she is surprised to find that it contains only twelve stories where is the thirteenth tale? Margaret finds herself unable to refuse the job And as Vida Winters opens up and both women are forced to confront the demons of their pastsI for one was totally sucked into every aspect of the story The writing had hold of me the characters made me need to know about their lives the mysteries surrounding Winters' youth kept me guessing If it's possible I think this book made me love books even Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  3. says:

    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 youThis uote from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield sums up my experience with the book It’s been a while since I’ve felt truly drawn in to a novel Likely this is the result of my recent tendency toward selecting less than literary books in an attempt to find some distraction without devoting much real focus to the reading I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get hooked but a few chapters in I found myself thinking about the novel and the developing plot at times when I was unable to be readingThere is no reference to time in the setting of The Thirteenth Tale From the context clues I’d guess that it’s set in the 1970s It’s a world where people still write letters and where if phone lines go down in a storm country homes are cut off from contact with civilization Manuscripts are written by hand The feel of the book is reminiscent of Jane Eyre a novel that itself is woven throughout the plotThe story begins when Margaret Lea a little published biographer is summoned by Vida Winter famous novelist Ms Winter is finally ready to tell her true life story rather than another of the many versions she’s given of her life over the years As she does so Margaret and the reader are drawn into the mystery that shrouds Ms Winter Through the stories she tells Margaret as well as the accounts of Margaret’s own investigations we eventually learn the truth both about Ms Winter and the legendary Thirteenth Tale a story that was left out of an early collection written by Ms Winter There are enough twists to keep the story interesting and unpredictableThe book jacket describes The Thirteenth Tale by statingIt 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 fireIn reality it’s that and much This book lead me to wonder about identity love and the meaning of family I have a feeling these characters will indeed be in the fiber of my clothes for uite some time

  4. says:

    Reread although I would liked to have listened to the audio Maybe next time Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾wwwmelissa413readsalotblogspotcomThis book was so good I can't believe I have had this book in my stacks for a few years now The story is so bizarre and sad I loved it When Margaret is called upon by Vida Winter a famous author to come and write her biography she has no idea what she is in for with this woman Vida tells the story of her life as a child but she is not who she seems The twist ending threw me right off the bus I didn't see that one coming at all but I should have expected something along those lines The way the author weaves this tale is so haunting and it reels you right into the book I can not fathom how children can be brought up this way The story unfolds in a beautiful well what should be a beautiful mansion in the countryside of London They call the place Angelfield This is about a family that goes beyond being dysfunctional I want to see this on film It is an incredibly sad story I cried But there is a happy ending so that is what matters The story is a beautiful tale even though it is incredibly disturbing at times and so very sad All of the characters and background is very rich in detail and I liked a lot of the characters I would like to read books from this author if they are as good as this one

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    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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    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSo here's my problem with gothic literature it's so habitually grotesue that it's predictableIf there's not incest there's a crazy wife in the attic If there's not a crazy wife in the attic there's a murderous illegitimate son who's not right in the head Or conjoined twins Or a dying gypsy's curse Or something eually unsettlingSo even if you guess the HEP Big Secret wrong whatever it actually is isn't going to make a dent Bc you've already imagined the worst Bc gothicALSO I don't like itIf I lived in the time of traveling freak shows I would not attend Not my bagYou So why did you read it?Me Bc didn't realize it was gothic until I'd already started itYou Why didn't you uit?Me SCHADENFREUDE #thestruggleisrealPlus the concept is friggin amazing England's most beloved author who's written 56 novels in 56 years has zealously guarded her privacy She made her pen name her legal name and has threatened any would be biographers with lawsuits until they backed downInterviewing her has become a kind of rite of passage for journalists bc she gives a different version of her life story to every single one of them how cool is that?But now she's dying so she contacts our MC Margaret an amateur biographer who's grown up in her father's rare bookshop a bibliophile's DREAM and employs Margaret to write her life story before she leaves this mortal coilAfter that is when it gets weird And gross And creepy And messed the eff upMan alive these people are CRAZY Including Margaret who has an unhealthy fixation on her dead shortly after birth twin sister Genre preferences aside there's no denying that this is a beautifully written book There is something about words In expert hands manipulated deftly they take you prisoner Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk and when you are so enthralled you cannot move they pierce your skin enter your blood numb your thoughts Inside you they work their magic It's also mindbendingly clever The line between mental illness and the supernatural is so thin so frail so indecipherable that even now days later I can't stop thinking about it were the ghosts real or did they only exist in her mind?I DON'T KNOW EDVARD MUNCH FACETHE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield is not a book you read then forget It stays with you taking up brain space whispering incessantly like the five notes of a song you can't place but can't escape It's beautiful and terrible And even if you avoid gothic novels like I do this one This one deserves to be made an exception Highly recommended with trepidation

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    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

  8. says:

    The perfect October Autumn Read Not since Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier has a book so entranced and haunted me I rarely read a book twice but when this came up for a sit in book group I was so excited as I longed to pull the curtains and welcome in the Autumn nights with this wonderful multi layered mystery with its gothic athmosphere that gave me chills down my spine Set in the English Country side Angel field House stands abandoned and forgotten It was once the imposing home of the March family facininating manipulative Isabell charlie her brutal and dangerous brother and the wild untamed twins But Angelfield House conceals a chilling secret whose impact still resonatesUnnerving and compelling in eual measure this is one of those books where the pages turn by themselves A story of twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seats No guts or gore in this one just a good old fashioned style mystery that is chilling and haunting Great character that will leave a lasting memory So if like me you enjoy Abandoned manor homes where secrets and mysteries lure the reader in then this may well work for youEven though this was my second time to read this novel and I even seen the TV adaptation I still enjoed every moment spent with this book and will gladly replace this one on its well earned spot on my book shelf

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    I know that most people like to work out to Gnarls Barkley or Metallica or what have you but I find gym based exercise so exceedingly boring that I reuire narrative to keep me going Since my motor coordination isn't sufficient enough to allow me to turn the pages of a magazinebook AND pump the pedals on an elliptical trainer sometime last summer I turned to Audible to solve my problems Now what one reuires from printed matter may not at all do for the recorded book and in my case it turns out that I can only sustain listening interesting in heavily plot driven novels or extra dorkified pod casts of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me sigh Peter Segel Unfortunately the intersections of a compelling plot and interesting writing are fairly few and far between plus the narrator has to be a strong reader whose vocal stylings are not reminiscent of one's old junior high schoolhigh school drama club classmates This is difficult The literary writer trying on genre often works well John Banville as Benjamin Black is pretty good forgive my snobbery but only because the conventions of a straightforward mystery or sci fi novel can be a little cringe inducing when you actually hear them recited aloud But seriously I love Science fiction so no dissAnyhoo The Thirteenth Tale seemed as though it would fit the bill perfectly I mean premise wise it's the kind of book editors slaver over personal experience alert esp vis a vis potential audience in other words well heeled women possibly of a certain age The whole freaking novel is in effect a love letter to Jane Eyre and the other mega hits of the 19th century I'm browsing Audible thinking to myself ok talking out loud to myself Dark family secrets? Check Wheels within wheels narrative? Check Gloomy old English estate? Check Both Victorian and presumably post war setting? Check Antiuarian bookstore? Check Lonely main character whose best friends are books? Secondary main character who is a mysterious isolated writer? Check and CheckUnfortunately I think the voice I was hearing in my head was actually Diane Setterfield's cajoling coercive whinging and not my own Emphasis on coercive my main gripe about this mess of a novel is that while reading I couldn't shake the feeling that the author is constantly trying to impress upon the reader HOODWINK INTO BELIEVING like it that this piece of moribund trash is actually a work of serious literatureMight I illustrate this vexing complaint for you? Let's talk theme for a moment The central preoccupation of this novel is twinning or twinness The two main characters are both twins not each other's whose core identity has been formed by this as Diane Setterfield would have it division of one soul one egg one person into two bodies The concept of the twin is the leitmotif of The Thirteenth Tale Unfortunately Setterfield's entire take on the idea of the twin can be fairly summarized in the above italicized line Over the course of the book she uses the same metaphor at least four times to describe separated twins or non twins the amputee She has nothing but the most obvious predictable easy pop psychology thoughts to offer vis a vis twins but these ideas are all delivered in overwrought hyperbolic purple prose Every time the main character Margaret catches sight of her reflection which occurs at least ten times she swoons into an overheated almost laughable disuisition about her twin her reflection who waits for her just on the other side of this mortal coil Every Single TimeHow about books? Well could you imagine that some clever minx would have us believe that books are like the ghosts of dead people? I mean as a committed life long reader I have never encountered nor thought of such a bold notion author's words outlive their bodies and thus reading might be an act of communion with the dead? Whoa And also dead folk might get lonely it's so lonely being dead and the act of reading is akin to an act of friendship andor companionship? Fortunately for my feeble and limited imagination Setterfield ensures that such concepts are inescapable in her novel's groundbreaking treatise on the delights literature has to offerSetterfield makes the further mistake of declaring that Margaret's counterpoint Vida Winter is the greatest living English author of her day a point that is crucial to the story's operation Her books have won legions of awards and generations of journalists and biographers have been rebuffed in their frenzied attempts to discover her life story But Setterfield is not capable of convincing us that Winter is a great one of THE greats talent The narratives that Winter spins for Margaret are pale imitations of AtwoodByatt esue storylines Setterfield's insistence that we believe Winter is a cannonized author damages the credibility of the rest of the novel especially as it relates to the reader's reuired suspension of disbelief Of course the problem is that Setterfield is not nor should she be the greatest living English author nor even close to it and she's overreaching in trying to depict Winter as such It's sort of like an unfunny writer trying to write a funny character; the author doesn't possess the tools to show us that the character is funny but can only tell us she is Honestly I could continue on in my screed for uite a while longer but I think I should save my energies for positive reviews Let me just mention that this novel's construction pacing and plotting are all askew as well and that its ultimate resolution is a huge disappointment Perhaps my take is soured by the fact that I spent fourteen hours listening to this novel instead of four or so hours reading it But my feeling is that what could have been a fun homage to the nineteenth century novel became instead a dull trainwreck of a book derailed by its own inflated sense of literary import If anyone knows of a better but similar in texture novel to accompany me on my upcoming travelsadventures in exercise I'd love to hear it Thanks

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    The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic suspense novel the author's first published book in 2006 Vida Winter a famous novelist in England has evaded journalists' uestions about her past refusing to answer their inuiries and spinning elaborate tales that they later discover to be false Her entire life is a secret and for over fifty years reporters and biographers have tried innumerable methods in an attempt to extract the truth from Winter With her health uickly fading Winter enlists Margaret Lea a bookish amateur biographer to hear her story and write her biography With her own family secrets Lea finds the process of unraveling the past for Winter bringing her to confront her own ghostsتاریخ نخستین خوانش بیستم ماه سپتامبر سال 2009 میلادیعنوان سیزدهمین قصه؛ نویسنده داین سترفیلد؛ مترجم نفیسه معتکف؛ تهران، البرز، 1386؛ در 557 ص؛ شابک 9644425448؛ داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21 مویدا وینتر اسرارآمیز، به خلق داستانهایی پرداخته بود، که هر کدام، شهرت، و پول، برایش به ارمغان آورده بود، اما گذشته ی او، همچون رازی سر به مهر بود، میخواست راز، و حقیقت زندگیش را نیز، بر ملا کند، مارگارت لی، زندگینامه نویس، قصه ای پر راز و رمز، از او میشنود، قصه ی ایزابلِ زیبا و خودسر، دوقلوهای رام نشدنی، شبحی مرموز، در باغی پردرخت، و حریقی خانمان سوز قصه سیزدهم، که نانوشته مانده بود ا شربیانی

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The Thirteenth Tale 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 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 biographer 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 storytelling 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 life

About the Author: Diane Setterfield

“a mistress of the craft of storytelling”The GuardianDiane Setterfield is a British author Her bestselling novel The Thirteenth Tale 2006 was published in 38 countries worldwide and has sold than three million copies It was number one in the New York Times hardback fiction list for three weeks and is enjoyed as much for being ‘a love letter to reading’ as for its mystery and style Her