Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Diane Setterfield "The thirteenth tale"

When you are charmed by some person, do you want to know more about his or her life? Does it happen to you? Why? May be you get inspiration by knowing more details, or you like to hope that you are nearer to solve the magic of that person.
Vida Winter, a famous novelist, the principle heroine of the novel, is a beautiful woman and an enigmatic person. Nobody’s popularity compares to hers, she is a super star of all times and people. Vida Winter is dying, but nobody knows anything about her life. The famous authoress invites a biographer, to tell a truth story of her life.
Do you like frightful and bewitching mystery? Like a hypnotic melody of fakir’s flute? Critics baptized a novel as "neogothic", named it the masterpiece of modern English prose, the revival of Charlotte Bronte’s style. On the back of the book it is written that Diane Setterfield was paid £800,000 by her UK publisher, Orion, and a further $1m by Simon & Schuster in the USA – unprecedented fee for a debutante. As though it should compel you to buy the book at once and compensate the charges of publishing houses

”The thirteenth tale” is so captivating that it is impossible to put the book down out before you finish it. Heroes are splendidly described. However, awakened after the spell of “The thirteenth tale", you understand that there is something Hollywoody in it.
Well, the book is still worth reading, in spite of Hollywoody mawkishness!


  1. Vida is only the subject of the investigation of the heroine

  2. I've always been a fan of the Gothic style of romantic mystery, and some of my favorite authors are the Bront√ęs, Daphne du Maurier, Mary Stewart, and Robert Goddard. If you share my love of windswept moors, bleak houses and strange families, you're in for a real treat. THE THIRTEENTH TALE is a masterful, deliberately old-fashioned story of secrets, ghosts, sexual obsession, murder, madness--you name it, and it's here.

    1. Hello Italia,

      Thank you very much for your note. I have never heard of Robert Goddard, I will put him into my reading list. I think I will rename the label where I placed THE THIRTEENH TALE and I'll call it something like "Gothic style books".

      Once again, thank you!

  3. A powerful and beautiful book...
    I like it a lot!