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Author: Diane Setterfield
ISBN13: 978-1417799527
Title: The Thirteenth Tale
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Language: English
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Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (October 2007)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale (2006) by Diane Setterfield is a gothic suspense novel, the author's first published book. 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 from Winter.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a rich story about secrets, ghosts, winter, books and family. The Thirteenth Tale is a book lover's book, with much of the action taking place in libraries and book stores, and the line between fact and fiction constantly blurred. It is hard to believe this is Setterfield's debut novel, for she makes the words come to life with such skill that some passages even gave me chills. With a mug of cocoa and The Thirteenth Tale, contentment isn't far away.

Ivy Dora and Fred Harold Morris Corina Ethel and Ambrose Charles Setterfield. All children mythologize their birth. It is a universal trait.

Ivy Dora and Fred Harold Morris. Corina Ethel and Ambrose Charles Setterfield. With special thanks to Owen Staley, who has been a friend to this book from the very beginning, and Peter Whittall, to whom The Thirteenth Tale owes its title and a good deal more besides.

This quote 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. There are enough twists to keep the story interesting and unpredictable.

In a way, "The Thirteenth Tale" is a homage to these and all other great works of literature. The power of books and stories is foremost in the novel, and as the main character gets lost in one story, you'll find yourself lost with her in the story within a story (as well as the story surrounding the character's story). This can be a fun read for a book discussion club, especially for the autumn and winter months. See a list of questions you can explore with your book club for "The Thirteenth Tale. The audiobook version is well-received for those who prefer to listen rather than read. The book was adapted for a UK TV movie released in December 2013, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman. Hopefully, her further works will be back up to the standard she set with her first.

In The Thirteenth Tale, the novel Jane Eyre appears several times. Discuss the appearances and allusions to Jane Eyre and how this novel echoes that one. The story shifts significantly after the death of Mrs. Dunne and John Digence. When do you think The Thirteenth Tale takes place? The narrator gives some hints, but never tells the exact date. Which aspects of the book gave you a sense of time, and which seemed timeless? Did the question of time affect your experience with the novel? Enhance Your Book Club Experience. Ghost stories abound in The Thirteenth Tale, and in many American towns and cities as well. Take your book group on a haunted house tour. You can find a haunt near you at ww. auntedhouse.

The 2006 gothic novel The Thirteenth Tale is Diane Setterfield’sfirst book. It is written in the style of the Brontësisters and alternating between the early and present lives,tells the story of two characters, Margaret Lea and Vida Winter. Vida’s background is told in the third person voice and in the past tense. Later, first person perspective is also used. The two main storylines involve the life of Margaret, who is a biographer, and her study of the Angelfield/March family’s history, and the story that is told to her by Vida.

The Thirteenth Tale is an outstanding adult and gothic novel which plots the story of the well-known writer. Diana Setterfield is the writer of this classic novel. The world most famous writer who builds her reputation by past six decades. Now she is old and thinking to write the book on her life and she wants to tell the secrets of her success

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Reviews: 7
So here's my problem with gothic literature: it's so habitually grotesque that it's predictable.

If 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 equally unsettling.

So even if you guess the HEP Big Secret wrong, whatever it actually is isn't going to make a dent. B/c you've already imaged the worst. B/c gothic.

ALSO . . . I don't like it.

If I lived in the time of traveling freak shows, I would not attend. Not my bag.

You: So why did you read it?

Me: B/c didn't realize it was gothic until I'd already started it.

You: Why didn't you quit?

Me: SCHADENFREUDE . #thestruggleisreal

Plus, 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 down.

Interviewing her has become a kind of rite of passage for journalists, b/c 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 coil.

After that is when it gets weird. And gross. And creepy. And messed-the-eff-up.

Man 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?


THE 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).
Very few books hold on to me like The Thirteenth Tale did. Even when I was away for the day it was in my thoughts. I was puzzling it through or wondering what would happen to one or more of the characters. I knew all their names and felt compassion, concern or even dislike for some of them. I cannot even tell you the name of the book I started yesterday....which also tells you where it will end up (unread book section of my kindle).
Diane Setterfield has done an amazing job of weaving several tales of love, heartache, loneliness and dedication together in a way I have never seen before. I am now a fan of hers and will be looking for more like this one.
It's been a long time since I have read such a novel. From the beginning, words flow as bubbly brooks. I was captured from the first and you will be also.
This author, Diane Setterfield, has written in a style that will not only grab your attention, it will keep you reading until you cannot read any longer - as soon as I got up in the morning, I had to continue.
I smiled, held my breath, became puzzled, thought I'd figured out where the story was heading, and received a shock when the curveball came - over and over again.
Enjoy! I will definitely recommend to each person who asks me if I have read anything good lately!
Wow. What to love the most? The setting? The characters? That gorgeous, luscious writing? This is my favorite book of the year, hands down. It's an intriguing story. the author draws you in slowly, wrapping the tentacles of the story around you like a cocoon until you are trapped. The only way to escape is to finish the book.

And what a book it is! I could go on about it forever. The scandal, the secrets, and the slow unfolding of the mystery is so delicious, I want to read it again and again. This is definitely going on my "To Read Again" list because one time around is simply not enough for me.

If you've never read The Thirteenth Tale, I highly recommend doing so. It's brilliant. I loved the twists and turns and the way everything unfolded. Plus, the writing is simply beautiful. It romanticizes reading, writing, and storytelling. It's fabulous.

Content: Some violence and implied sex, but overall, it was pretty clean.
This is a short review. If you like literate and engrossing mysteries with a gothic twist you will love this book. Obviously the 19th century novels of Bronte and Collins has inspired this writer to pen a novel which fits very well into that period of literature - unsettleing and dark but not depressing. At the outset the narrator says she likes a novel with a beginning, a middle, and end and that is what you get and one that will keep you guessing as to where the story is going. When the mystery is resolved you are surprised but you realize that the author has played fair and the clues were there if you were just clever enough to figure it out. Also at the very end she keeps her word there are no loose ends all is revealed even the future of Shadow, the cat, is resoved in a most satisfying way (no animals were harmed in the writting of this novel, well, except for a random chicken or two).