Vanessa Redgrave portrays Vida Winter in this film, and her sister, Lynn Redgrave, portrays the part of Vida Winter in the audiobook by Diane Setterfield, on. Diane Setterfield’s debut novel arrived already wreathed in acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. The Thirteenth Tale is a cleverly plotted. Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Brontë and du Maurier heroines: a The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield, Author.

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This story-telling tradition strongly reminds the reader of earlier classic tales.

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

This is not a review. Likely this is the result of my recent tendency toward tthe less-than-literary thirteenh in an attempt to find some distraction without devoting much real focus to the reading. It was once the imposing home of the March family facininating, manipulative Isabell, charlie, her brutal and dangerous brother and the wild untamed twins. Genre preferences aside, there’s no denying that this is a beautifully written book: Margaret’s retreat from the world would have left her feeling unbearably isolated settsrfield she did not have the indirect human contact made through reading.

Setterfield excels in the slow build, at stringing you along, feeding you morsels bit by tantalizing bit…almost toys with you until you grow impatient, at least I did. But when it did come, it was a little bit too unbelievable for me. The story is so bizarre and sad. As Vida Winter tells her story to Lea, she shares dark family secrets which have long been kept hidden.


Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet with the ageing author—if only to discuss her reasons for not accepting the position as Winter’s biographer. Each scene, each sentence is a creation ”We live like latecomers at the theatre; we must catch up as best we can, dividing the beginning from the shape of later events. Adeline is purported to have died in the Angelfield house fire.

She is an invalid now, but has one final tale Here I am, looking at other reviews to figure out viane genre this is. If I lived in the time of traveling freak shows, I would not attend. You found out about that on page She made her pen name her legal name, and has threatened any would-be biographers with lawsuits until they backed down.

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Refresh and try again. For more reviews check out my blog www. He was struck by her ability and determination.

This book delivered on all three, but it was setterfiwld latter that most amazed me. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved.

The Thirteenth Tale – Pre-Read. It might be me, but the story simply fell flat and I found myself either upset to read about how abandoned the twins were as a mother that did not come easy or wondering about everything else but the pages in front of me. Setterfield’s prose is of the magical variety.


January sees the publication of her new title, Once Upon a River, which has been called ‘bewitching’ and ‘enchanting’. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story?

This passage reflects why I was so steeped in the pages. All through her life, Vida Winter entertained journalists with various versions of her life story. If you will think about each time that the supposed “ghost” was seen it was written in such a way that you automatically thought it was a person not a ghost.

The Thirteenth Tale

Hester, like Jane was a governess at a manor, employed by a wealthy master. Unnerving and compelling in equal measure, this is one of those books where the pages turn by themselves. I feel that settrrfield that hated it just do not like diwne gothic suspense genre. 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.

But seriously, I love Science-fiction, so no diss. 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.