And somewhere my dream is. There is a dream waiting me on the finish line. Without telling that you need for someone or you need us. One that day you'll be the hero of the tale. I know that I am different, and I that is something not in my hand to solve. I just wish, by myself only to see and to sense a sight of your eyes that made me comfort for it. It would seem that the abandonment of Luisa represents the abandonment of Mexico by Spain, once its land had been exhausted of resources.
Here we find a return to many of the ideas expressed in the play, though the imagery is much more explicit and seems to be representative of the ideas of Nobel prize-winner, Octavio Paz. The hijo de la Chingada is the offspring of violation, abduction or deceit. This anachronistic and highly misogynistic view that lays the blame for the defeat of a civilisation at the feet of one disenfranchised woman has remained popular to this day. This is in the face of indisputable evidence that the Aztecs were defeated by a Spanish force aided by thousands of indigenous allies, a fact often conveniently forgotten in popular culture.
There are similar themes expressed in this play as in the version by Carmen Toscano. The Spaniards again are the وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On and are fairly one-dimensional, whereas the indigenous ceremonies are completely sanitised and totally peaceful. Where it differs, however, is that the character of La Llorona is now an indigenous woman, rather than a mestiza. Similarly however, she is also seduced by a conquistador who then runs off with a Spanish lady.
La Llorona is portrayed as a traitor to her people by passing information to the Spaniards, which leads to their defeat. This has now become a common element of the legend.
This is the fullest version of the La Llorona story. Here we find the jilted woman trope finally united with the imagery of the Aztec goddess along with the act of warning her people about their impending doom and lamenting the birth of the modern Mexican nation through the mixing of blood. Furthermore, the timing of the performance is telling. However, the family traditions of the Day of the Dead — decorating graves and constructing altars in homes dedicated to deceased family members — are rather different to the exuberant festivities displayed in town centres for tourists to enjoy.
The Day of وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On Dead is seen by outsiders as the quintessential Mexican festival and has become a lucrative tourist attraction. Town councils receive state funding to put on elaborate displays, processions, exhibitions and theatrical presentations in order to attract visitors. The evidence would suggest that La Llorona, as she is now known, is a fairly modern myth that has evolved over time and has been used since the late 19th century to reflect and comment upon the socio-political situation of Mexico.
Amy Fuller Published 31 Oct A candlelit cemetery on the Day of the Dead, Tzintzuntzan, Mexico, 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?
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. View all 32 comments. Sep 19, Dem rated it it was amazing Shelves: favoritestoprecommended.
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 resonates.
Unnerving and compelling in equal 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 you. Even 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.
Aug 28, Sid rated it it was amazing. 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 interest. Then 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 This book has been on my tbr for the last three years! 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 end.
This is the story of unwanted attention and lost love. Of unbearable sorrow and irreplaceable loss. Of broken hearts and lost souls.
Of damaged minds and clever ideas. Of beautiful lies and ugly truths. Of blue eyes and red hair. Of empty reality and colorful tales. Of forbidden passionate romances and quick witted, motherless babies. Of alive and dead twin children. Of blinding beauties and dysfunctional families. I 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 وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On, 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 level. It has those few attraction my mind craves in a book So basically this book was a treat for me! I look forward to reading more books by the author! Highly recommended! View all 25 comments. Sep 24, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-mysteryfiction21th-centurygothicadultfantasycontemporaryunited-stateshistorical.
Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has evaded journalists' questions about her past, refusing to answer their inquiries 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 fro The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield is a gothic suspense novel, the author's first published book in 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 quickly 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 ghosts. Jul 20, Libby rated it did not like it Shelves: missesmysteriousness. I وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On 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 require narrative to keep me going.
Now, what one requires from printed matter may not at all do for the recorded book, and in my case, it tu 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 require narrative to keep me going. Now, what one requires 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" 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 diss. Anyhoo, 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! 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 o. Wheels within wheels narrative? Gloomy old English estate?
Both Victorian and presumably post-war setting? Antiquarian bookstore? Lonely main character whose best friends are books? Secondary main character who is a mysterious, isolated writer? Check, and Check! Might 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'swhose 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 disquisition about her "twin" her reflection who waits for her just on the other side of this mortal coil.
How 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? 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 offer.
Setterfield 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. 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 required 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 وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On in my screed for quite 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 وتستمر الحكاية = And The Tale Goes On century novel became instead a dull trainwreck of a book, derailed by its own inflated sense of literary import. View all 40 comments. The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel from with echoes from several Victorian novels. The familiar device of a "story within a story" is employed, and sometimes it even contains another story.
This story-telling tradition strongly reminds the reader of earlier classic tales. In fact the "rule of threes" goes throughout this book echoing its fairytale feel. There is the structure of the book itself, "Beginnings, Middles and Endings". There are three generations in the earlier sag The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel from with echoes from several Victorian novels. There are three generations in the earlier saga. There were three promises extracted by the amanuensis from the author.
The settings and characters are familiar to us from earlier books too. A musty library in a decrepit old house with rambling gardens, grotesque ancients, the impressionable young woman, the worthy servants, the governess, unearthly children, generations of twins, the dependable doctor, the stuffy lawyer, ghostly apparitions and strong hints that all is not what it appears to be. The novel starts strongly with a chapter that is every bibliophile's dream. Margaret Lea is an introverted young woman, living and working in her father's antiquarian bookshop.
The musty atmosphere of the bookshop and her life is powerfully depicted. There are descriptions here which are breathtaking; Setterfield shows you very early on that she really can write: "There is something about words.
But this story cannot really stay there, even though we have an intriguing situation already, as it is clearly depicted from the start that Margaret's mother is reclusive, unwell and has no real relationship with anybody, least of all her daughter. But another element is brought in straightaway. Margaret Lea is requested by a strange handwritten letter to write a biography. The letter is from Vida Winter, a famous novelist who has notoriously never told the truth about herself in all her many interviews, so that there are dozens of unreliable accounts.
Margaret is an odd choice, only previously having published short snippets and biographical articles. She knows nothing about the works of this author - or any modern authors - but is intrigued and immediately starts reading Vida Winter's works. She is surprised to be spellbound by the novels, and what finally decides her is one book which only has 12 tales, although the title is "Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation". Questioning her father, it is revealed that this is a rare, perhaps the only, copy in existence.
There is a mystery surrounding "The Thirteenth Tale" as the only copies including this story were pulled by the publisher, subsequent editions were retitled, but the general public always remembered the original title and many book-lovers had sought an explanation. Of course this is now an irresistible proposition, and Margaret accepts.
Have you spotted the first gigantic, explicit coincidence? Of course Margaret has to work in an antiquarian bookshop to be privy to this book. It is not possible that her employer would know that she had access to this sole copy. And the name "Winter"? Who does that make the reader think of in a novel with an oldfashioned feel, where the heroine so far is a nervous young woman about to set foot in an enormous old mansion inhabited by an imposing elderly woman?
Of course - Mrs de Winter. Just twist the characters a little and you have it. Again, the early part of the descriptions, where Margaret Lea meets the author are a joy to read. The mansion was old and had been opulent. The reader has an impression that it was overstuffed with furniture and heavy material, even upon the walls. The description is evocative and sensuous. Then Margaret finds the library: "The other rooms were thick with the corpses of suffocated words: here in the library you could breathe.
Instead of the fabric it was a room made of wood. It must be said though, that it is rather heavyhanded. We are still very early on in the novel and it is beginning to feel derivative. Just as a precaution though, to really hammer it home, Setterfield mentions four of these books in the narrative; in fact there are continual rather irritating refences to "Jane Eyre". It is a leitmotif, and evidently Setterfield wants to pay homage to the Brontes, but more subtle references would have been more enjoyable for the reader.
As the novel proceeds the reader develops more of an interest in the retelling of Vida Winter's story as well as her view spoiler [gradual deterioration, mirrored by the mental deterioration of the viewpoint character, Margaret.
Because of the narrative style however, it is very easy to read. The writing flows smoothly and hypnotically, drawing you into the tale much as Vida Winter's books were said to draw the reader into her invented worlds. The evocative descriptions still stand out: "On the moors, enraged by the wind and embittered by the chill, the rain was vicious. Needles of ice stung my face and behind me, vessels of freezing water burst against my shoulders.
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 fibres of your clothes, and when you open the new book they are still with you. My memory of what happened… is fragmented. Whole tracts of time have collapsed in on themselves, whilst other events seem in my recollection to have happened over and over again in rapid succession.
It was her song. My sister was coming. It is however very melodramatic; a novel of sensation. A reader who has not thrilled to "The Turn of the Screw" or been caught up in sensationalist Bronte effects may well not enjoy this novel.
Because of the explicit references to earlier classic gothic novels, the reader has to assume this is a tribute to them, rather than a pastiche or unconscious imitation. In the end though, one feels that there is little originality or credibility.
The reader deduces that it is set in the recent past. However the viewpoint character is scarcely believable in a modern age. Such hysteria surely belongs to an earlier age when women wore their corsets too tight. This has been put forward as a valid reason for many medical and behavioural problems. Old does not inevitably have to be grotesque; neither does deformity. Some of the secondary characters such as Aurelius, John-the-dig or "the missus", are stereotypical characters with no depth.
However the story is competent and engaging; it has been put together ingeniously, there is an unexpected "reveal" near the end, and parts of it are beautifully written. It has a hypnotic quality and lovely narrative flow. This is the author's first novel, and promises well if she stops being so rooted in the gothic canon and makes a bold leap into the unknown and the supernatural she is clearly so drawn to. View all 30 comments. Apr 01, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: re-readgothic.
This one of my favorite books. I don't re-read books very often. This is one of the few that would make the list. This book has been reviewed about times, so I'm not going to add more to the pile. I will just stay I recommend this book to all book lovers no matter what genre you prefer. View all 18 comments. It proved to be a rare bibliophile's experience. In the Gothic Literature group October Reading and in a recent discussion with a friend in Goodreads, I described Diane Setterfield's novel as foreboding.
Each scene, each sentence is a creatio ''We live like latecomers at the theatre; we must catch up as best we can, dividing the beginning from the shape of later events. Each scene, each sentence is a creation of art, each detail so important, nothing is wasted. Each page leads to the shocking final twist, although some of the twists in the middle of the book were a bit predictable, if you paid attention.
I will not go into any detail of the plot, because it is hard to do so without falling into the trap of spoiling something, but I can say that the lover of books will find a treasure of references. Foreboding houses, problematic narrators, troubled heroines, and all the sins and faults of the past that go on haunting families and places. Even Sherlock Holmes gets an honourable mention, since there are some riddles that require answers as there are some characters that desire truth and others that seek absolution.
For some reason, Miss Winter reminds me of a modern Miss Havisham, from the first glimpse of her through the eyes of Margaret Lea, the young amateur biographer. Margaret is a very interesting character that stands as equal to the troubled Vida.
She is sensitive, almost fragile, but strong at the same and so determined to exorcise her own demons. The Thirteenth Tale has all the characteristics of a heavy cloud before the storm.
It is a classic, a haunting tale, its prose elegant and poetic. A tale that shows us that the most dangerous ghosts exist not in a world beyond, but fully in our own View all 26 comments. Oct 24, Rachel Burton rated it it was amazing Shelves: general-fiction This has finally come out in paperback. To be honest I don't hold out a lot of hope I have been sucked in straight away. Can barely put it down! Whiich is apt seeing as amonst other things it is the tale of books and their words sucking you in.
It is also the tale of a dying writer and her reluctant biography, lost twins and the ghosts of the past. Like The House at Rive This has finally come out in paperback. Like The House at Riverton it has a very Brontesque Gothic atmosphere to it; it is also set in Cambridge and the Yorkshire Moors - my two favourite places!
And timeless. It could be set anytime. Whilst it seems modern there are no mobile phones or laptops or other such superfluous crap which makes me think it is a different plane of now.
It also reminds me of Donna Tart. I'm not really sure why as it covers none of the themes that Tart obsesses with.
Maybe it is my utter empathy with the narrator, which I got with the Little Friend and also from the characters in The Secret History. This time a solitary girl happier around books than people On finishing Is there a new trend for the Brontesque at the moment. Poe had a very witty, dry, and sometimes black sense of humor. Let's face it, he was of Irish heritage and like most of us with the Celtic blood in our veins we also have a touch of the blarney about us as did Poe.
All in all quite a magnificent tale of the imagination. It is well known among the locals that many a tipsy one has peed on it and get a kick out of seeing all the silly tourists bending over backwards to kiss it.
Yep, those with Irish blood have quite an unusual sense of humor. When I first read this, i though it was weird and dark. Now, I'm intrigued by the idea of the mixing in of proto-sci-fi and proto-feminist ideas. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an odd but interesting short story. I think the premise is excellent but the execution felt flat.
It reminded me of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale for moments because of the tone. The problems is that I only understood the point with the calculator and the printing machine. If one has to read the notes to understand a story, it isn't a good story. The king's interruptions were annoying. Aug 20, Jess rated it really liked it. This was weird and I have to say I enjoyed it. Don't ask me to pronounce "Scheherazade" though I can't do it. This retelling and continuation of the Arabian Nights is quite imaginative and includes elements of other classic stories woven into the telling of "what happened after" the nights were up.
This was not one of Poe's finer works. Pretty disapppointing ending, it could have been way better. Oct 29, K. Anna Kraft rated it really liked it. I have arranged my takeaway thoughts into a haiku: "Don't let your success Dim your awareness of threats That ride on a whim.
Aug 20, Neil D'Silva rated it really liked it. After surviving for nights by virtue of her stories, Scheherazade gets into yet another narration, which is her nd story. This is quite a different Poe. The setting itself is Middle-Eastern, and it's a take off on the world's most celebrated set of fables—The Arabian Nights—but, more importantly, there's none of the gothic dark fiction that we all know and love Poe for.
Instead, you find—wait for it—a humorous Poe! And has he done it well? Of course! He comes up all spades. The story is f After surviving for nights by virtue of her stories, Scheherazade gets into yet another narration, which is her nd story. The story is full of savage witticism. I found it quite topical to today's times, where we disbelieve what's right in front of us. That's what the Caliph does to Scheherazade's tale, though whatever she is narrating is absolutely real.
Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction, as Poe puts it right out in front. I cannot tell more about this story because it is one of those 'You have to read it to believe it' kinds.
I'll only tell you this—if you feel you are missing out on our conventional Poe when you read this one, just wait till the last three lines. Have fun reading. May 06, Crystal rated it liked it Shelves: horrorclassicskindle. Edgar Allan Poe writes a bit differently in this one. It seems to be more fantastical and less horrifying.
The giant creature reminds me more of a pirate ship with cannon than anything. The creatures themselves are a weird take on people. Their "magical science" also feels like a comment on the way people viewed science at the time, as amazing things or events that couldn't be real.
In the end, it was an interesting little read. Any Poe fan should read it at least once, just to see what else he' Edgar Allan Poe writes a bit differently in this one. Any Poe fan should read it at least once, just to see what else he'd done.
Or, if you're looking for a quick story, this might be the one. Weird Tales reprint of a short story, first published in the February issue of Godey's Lady's Book and was intended as a partly humorous sequel to the celebrated collection of Middle Eastern tales One Thousand and One Nights.
Jan 27, Doctor Black rated it it was ok Shelves: short-story.
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