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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by  Diane Setterfield - Paperback - Later printing - 2006 - from Miles Books (SKU: NA179)

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by  Diane Setterfield - Paperback - Later printing - 2006 - from Miles Books (SKU: NA179)
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

by Setterfield, Diane

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New York: Washington Square Press, 2006. Later printing. Paperback. Very Good. Book is clean. Prompt shipping. Ships direct from our centrally located warehouse. Retail bookstore open to the general public since 1984.


The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006. It is Diane Setterfield's debut novel.


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On Aug 26 2014, a reader said:
Suspenseful and beautifully written, this is a tale that will hold your attention. Just when you think you know where the story is heading, a twist occurs that throws you off course. One of the most mesmerizing books I have read this summer!
On Jan 29 2009, killswan said:
This novel is a literary tribute by the author to gothic and romantic novels enjoyed in her own English girlhood -- especially JAYNE EYRE. Pick any five consecutive sentences of THE THIRTEENTH TALE and you may find at most one flat, ordinary formulation. This is "poetry" or poetic prose as Heidegger saw it: "thickening" (German Dichtung). That is, ordinary words and experiences carry weight beyond what most writers make language bear. No glossary needed for this tale of Yorkshire. Just bring your heart. ***

Can two depressingly dysfunctional generations of the Angelfield family finally spawn normal offspring? Must twin girls neglected by their parents remain weird for life? The novel asks why does it take Margaret Lea, an outsider biographer, whose twin had died at birth, to tell when Britain's greatest novelist, Vida Winter, is lying about her family. "Trust but verify" is Margaret's model and it helps her both unravel the Angelfields and their tragedy and come to terms with herself and her parents. ***

THE THIRTEENTH TALE makes a case that the classic way to tell a tale (especially when the yarn is deliberately gothic and romantic) is always the best way: with a beginning which assumes nothing, a middle which blends the elements into fiendishly complex puzzles, enigmas and terrors, and a brief end and coda in which all is explained. Does that also sound like the best kind of detective story? ***



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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
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