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Julia ve Valentina Poole, üniversitede okumak, iş bulmak ya da sıcak evlerinden dışarı çıkmak istemeyen, 'ayna' ikizleri olmaları dışında sıradan Amerikan gençleridir. Fakat her şey, var olduğundan bile haberdar olmadıkları teyzelerinin öldüğü ve onlara Londra'da Highgate Mezarlığı'na bakan bir apartman dairesi bıraktığı haberlerini veren bir mektup almalarıyla değişir. En ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 2010 by Epsilon Yayınevi (first published September 29th 2009)
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Mark
Nov 30, 2011 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
I was a huge fan of Niffenegger's first book, Time Traveler's Wife. I loved that book so much that I avoided the movie like the plague because, from the trailer, I could tell it would not due the book justice and I didn't want to spoil my feelings towards it. Needless to say, I was eager to read Niffenegger's next work, Her Fearful Symmetry. Be forewarned if you haven't read the book, this will include spoilers.

Following twins Julia and Valentina, they inherit their aunt's flat after her death u
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Scarlet
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David Jay
Dec 11, 2009 David Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was difficult to put down but I deliberately tried to read slowly beause it was such a pleasure to read. Niffenegger is one of the finest contemporary writers and noone does longing and stymied love better than she does.

This book reminded me of "Time Traveler's Wife" as well as "The Lovely Bones." The stories center on an apartment building right off of Highgate Cemetery in London. One apartment belongs to Elspeth Noblin who dies on the first page of the book and bequeaths the apartment to
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Marigold
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Will Byrnes
Apr 20, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Her Fearful Symmetry is a Victorian ghost story set in contemporary London, fittingly in and near a graveyard. Elspeth Noblin has died. Neighbor, friend and lover Robert, who is working on a thesis about the cemetery, is bereft. In her will Elspeth left her apartment and almost all her belongings to twin nieces Julia and Valentina, but attached odd conditions. They must live in the flat for a year and their parents may not enter the premises. After the 21-year-olds move in, Elspeth’s presence em ...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
This is a very tricky book to review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry. Having heard plenty of mixed reviews about this one, I wasn't sure how I would find it. On top of that, it was soon due back at the library, and I had 4 other library books calling my name desperately. I needn't have worried. This book definitely got me thinking and I like it when a book does that - when it stays in my mind for a long time after I actually finished reading it.

Her Fearful Symmetry is definitely a cha
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Kathy
Oct 19, 2009 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like so many other readers, I was enchanted by The Time Traveler’s Wife. There was a willing suspension of disbelief on my part (which goes against my skeptical and cynical nature) but the story was sweet and engaging enough to pull it off. Not so much with Her Fearful Symmetry. Again, through at least the first 2/3 of the book, I was willing to suspend disbelief and go with the story. But then it just got ridiculous beyond the point where I enjoyed the story anymore.

Essentially a ghost story,
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Jennifer
Dec 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Audrey Niffeneger book where I'm not sure what or who I'm supposed to root for. (Reading the Time Traveler's Wife I often thought the words "BREAK UP WITH HIM, ALREADY" while the rest of the world was weeping over DOOMED LOVE).

Also, soulmates aren't real, and you don't have one.

Back to the book at hand...I had lunch in a local cafe while Niffenegger was being interviewed about this book at the next table, and it made for GREAT eavesdropping, and I got hooked on the premise of this book.
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Malcolm
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
--William Blake, "The Tyger"

When an acclaimed author (Audrey Niffenegger) takes a phrase from an inscrutable poem ("The Tyger"), readers (such as myself) are apt to expect a great story. Without a doubt Niffenegger's prose is elegant, her place descriptions (London and Highgate Cemetery) are exceptional, and her intricate plot has great promise.

That promise is not fulfilled.

Niffenegg
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Teresa
Oct 19, 2009 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Niffenegger's first novel before the days of GR; and I remembered when I decided to rate it, I wavered between 3 (liked it) and 4 stars (really liked it). I ended up opting for 4 stars, because I did remember so much of it due to its sense of place and its unique storytelling. Her second novel has these same elements -- her strengths are obviously her imaginative story lines, which she roots in concrete reality. But the story, which started out strong, lost its way long before the weak en ...more
Kim
Jan 24, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wow, disappointing! Kept waiting for this to get good, and it never quite did. The two major "surprises" are painfully transparent well before they actually happen (I was hoping that I was being misled, because it couldn't be that obvious, could it?), most of the characters aren't very sympathetic, and the pacing is slow. Glad I didn't give into the impulse to buy a copy for myself, and instead borrowed it from the library - I'd be even more upset...

And of course, I'd be more forgiving if I hadn
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Margo Kelly
Oct 06, 2009 Margo Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my - this is the BEST book I have read in AGES! If I could give it more stars in the rating I would. Having just finished this book, I'm having flash-backs to the "Women in Literature" classes I took at the University of Puget Sound. I loved those classes because we would debate/discuss the significance of women and their relationships with other women and with men. I wish I could have one of "those" discussions regarding this book!

This book is excellent on so many different layers and levels
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Jackie
Jul 27, 2009 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2009
Just some thoughts: I loved this novel...but in a completely different way than I love The Time Traveler's Wife. I wasn't sure what to expect so I tried not to have any expectations, which is exactly the attitude to have going into this book. It has what now seems to be Niffenegger's style of writing that's smart & funny & quirky but somehow all seems to come together easily. It has a few curveballs, so don't bother reading ahead (like I did...only to confuse myself until I read straight ...more
Rachel
Oct 12, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book is titled after a line in one of my least favorite poems ever* should perhaps be a strike against it, but the title is quite fitting and somehow makes even more sense in this context than in Blake's use of it. This is the story of two sets of twins (hence the symmetry) who have an extremely odd system of relationships -- "system," because the story explores the highly varied and yet remarkably similar relationships between the four twins. To say too much about these relat ...more
Nancy
May 22, 2010 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The Time Traveller's Wife" this is not; TTW was a poignant story about normal people trying to live in, and make sense of, an abnormal situation. In contrast, "Her Fearful Symmetry" has a shortage of even moderately well-adjusted, let alone likable, characters and a storyline that resulted in a significant number of eye rolls and sighs of "good grief" (simultaneously, on occasion) particularly in the first ~1/3. I thought the 2nd 1/3 was more enjoyable as the twins became more individual, Rober ...more
Wealhtheow
Apr 16, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When Elspeth dies, she leaves her papers to her boyfriend and her flat to her twin's children, the twin sisters Julia and Valentina. J&V are very pale, very slim, and although they're nearly 21, very unformed. They have no friends, no lovers, little education, and no interests besides watching tv together. They are astoundingly boring.

Meanwhile, their upstairs neighbor is struggling with OCD and a passionate love for his wife, who has left him because of it. And their downstairs neighbor is
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Sue
Feb 25, 2010 Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start with this book. The fact that it was set in and near Highgate Cemetery in London gave it a creepy, gothic, horror movie kind of quality. One of the main characters is the ghost of the late Elspeth Noblin. The description of the twin sisters, Julia and Valentina, portrays them as almost ghost-like as well. They are whispy, pointless, lackluster, colorless young women who have no identity outside their twin-ness. The upstairs neighbor is a recluse who suffers from ...more
Lori
Many thanks to Regal Literary for sending me an ARC, and also to Audrey for accepting my invitation to appear here for a Q&A session!!

I don't think there is a more fitting time of year for curling up with this novel - Chilly mornings, Damp afternoons, wrapped in a blanket watching the leaves change color and fall to the ground....

It's a ghost story but so much more.

It's a story about transition, about love, about separation, about strength, about deciet, about abandonment. It's hopeful, and
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Amy
Jan 06, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: un-put-downable
Update-1/6/10. I'm amending my review of this book, and making a new rule that I will not do reviews for at least a day once I've finished. What changed for me here was a lack of connection with the characters. I can't rate this as five stars because I really, in retrospect, didn't like any of them all that well or how they behaved.

I awaited this novel with eager anticipation and read it so fast, I will have to revisit it. I hate plot summaries, that is what Amazon and book jackets are for, so
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Jeannine
Oct 01, 2009 Jeannine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Such a disappointment.

While I certainly didn't expect this to be a clone of The Time Traveler's Wife (and I hate when authors write the same novels over and over, like, say, Jodi Picoult), this book was exponentially "less than" TTTW.

The main characters (Julia and Valentina the twins, Robert Fanshaw, Elspeth) were not likable or warm. I had some sympathy for Valentina and her desire to split from her overbearing twin, but the scheme concocted to acheive this was over the top (even more over the
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Molly Magro
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Brooke
Oct 08, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I definitely don't know how to review this one. For context, I adored Time Traveler's Wife to pieces, and I normally keep my distance from anything that even hints of romance. The entire time I was reading Her Fearful Symmetry, I had a hard time remembering that the same author wrote both books. HFS has a nice gothic atmosphere, which reaches from the tone to the ghostly elements to the setting (London's Highgate Cemetery). I felt like it had more in common with Tana French's (awesome) mysteries ...more
Moira Russell
I am now BITTER LIKE A BITTER, BITTER THING that this book, however panned it was, got its author a zillion-dollar advance and huge print run, while Peter S. Beagle's A Fine and Private Place, a wonderful book that actually combines the supernatural and the natural world beautifully, is still barely known. Pah.
Amy
Oct 07, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is like an episode of the twilight zone on crack combined with a shakespeare tragedy.
Rhonda
Aug 06, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
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Boof
Oct 14, 2009 Boof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009, spooky, uk
Throw a huge cemetery, a cold & wintery London, bizzare mirror twins, a ferrel kitten and a recntly dead Aunt into a pot together and the result is a wonderfully quirky, melancholoy, spooky book.

The story is set around Highgate Cemetery in London where a recently dead Elspeth has left her appartment to her twenty year old American nieces, Julia and Valentina, who are mirror twins. When the twins arrive in their new home they soon learn that they are not alone as it appears their Aunt Elspeth
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Shannon
Oct 12, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been desperately seeking The Right Book. Unfortunately, The Right Book isn't from a specific genre, or by a specific author or set in a certain period in time. That would be too easy, you see. The book I'm looking for is one that winds its way into your heart and soul, takes you deep into the characters' lives and then squashes your heart, rips it from your chest and leaves it beating weakly on the table while you weep. Those books are hard to come by. At most, I find one or two a year. But ...more
Christie
Oct 13, 2009 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm vascilating between three and four stars. I lean towards three only because The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books of all time and so my expectations were high.

What a creepy, twisted book! So fun! This is the story of enmeshed twins who live in their aunt's haunted flat in London. I especially enjoyed the sub-plot of Martin and Marijke. I think my favorite part had to be the history of Highgate Cemetary that was woven in throghout the book. Also, the poetry references in the b
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Amy
I can easily say that this is the best new book I've read this year. If you like deliciously strange ghost stories, this book will definitely satisfy your appetite. I had to make myself read it slowly so that I could savor every morsel of the spell it cast on me when I would read it.

At the center of this novel are twin sisters who inherit their aunt's flat near Highgate Cemetery in London. The twins (Julia and Valentina) are mysterious, delicate, murmuring creatures who are inseparable even at a
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Lena
Nov 10, 2009 Lena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As someone who loved The Time Traveler's Wife, I was very much looking forward to Audrey Niffenegger's new novel. The story it tells promised to be intriguing – Julia and Valentina, 20-year old identical twins, unexpectedly inherit the London flat of their mother's own estranged twin. The flat borders the atmospheric Highgate Cemetery, and moving into it pulls the girls out of their sheltered Midwestern lives and into the strange world populated by the building's other residents. These include M ...more
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Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is a writer and artist. She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago.

Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpre
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“There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic: this was usually Valentina's first impulse. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you've misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.” 186 likes
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