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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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Aug 09, 2009

did not like it

Call me a literary snob, but I think this tale reads like a graphic novel: lots of action, lots of dialogue, and very little narrative explanation of events and characters' behavior. Or, perhaps, a screen play for a movie. Yet Niffenegger tells a compelling story that kept me turning the pages, anxious to see how she would wrap things up. Though not quite as intricately engineered as The Time Traveler's Wife, this novel has the same element of fantasy that she employed in the earlier novel, giving it a modern Gothic feel with lots of supernatural phenomena. It reminded me a bit of Arthur Phillips' Angelica and, more recently, Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, both of which, however, were 1)better written, 2)had more substance, and 3) were more impressive works because of the way they used the supernatural as suggestion rather than certainty.
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