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The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars conf ...more
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What matters in prison is not who you are but what you want to become. This is the place of true imagination.Rene Denfeld, the author of The Enchanted, has the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet. She has written a novel about identity, understanding, the roots of crime, the reality of prison life, the possibility for redemption, and the ability of people to use imagination to rise beyond the purely material to the transcendent.
There are three primary and several very strongly written secondary characters wh ...more
i'm going to refrain from talking about the book's overall message because death penalty stuff always brings out the cranks on both sides of the issue, and ain't nobody got time for that. but ...more
This is truly an enchanted book, a wondrous story. I was thinking yesterday when I finished it that it compared with The Road, which made a big impact on me. That this is without a doubt one of the best books I ever read.
It's a sad, gruesome dark story but also, weirdly enough, one of hope and love. And, beautifully written, a poetic style, which is strangly contrasting with ...more
The Enchanted is one hell of a debut. Jarring, pithy, and unsettling. The story, conveyed through the eyes of a man on death row, unveils the blurred lines between guilt and innocence. He presents a world both wondrous and filled with nightmares, leading us by the hand to a gut-punch of a conclusion.
He can chat with a man like York, he can even show kindness to a man like Arde...more
“Inside, the lies you tell become the person you become. On the outside, sun and reality shrink people back to their actual size. In here, people grow into their shadows.”
This is a book about monsters. And the stories they have to tell.
Set on death row in a maximum security prison, this book is narrated by a man whose name and crimes we are not told. Through him, we see the lives of men inside the prison - those who long for death, those who would do anything to escape it, those who came to prison for petty cr ...more
There was love in these pages too, you end up caring about all of these characters, even the most horrific, as some of their background stories come to life.
This was an enchanting and atmospheric read.
especially to 'Doug'. When I read his review yesterday... I said..."That's it, enough already". I picked up the paperback copy which I own - and started reading!
It's MORE than what I expected ... IT REALLY IS *THAT SPECIAL*!!!!!!
When a mute nameless inmate first arrived at the prison ....( we learn he is on death row), he was pretty much illiterate ....but the library became his sanctuary.
"I loved the ...more
The first sentence begins ...more
First, I love prison. Wait, let me start over...
First, I love stories about institutions like this. Two of my favorite movies are "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Shawshank Redemption". I also toured Alcatraz while in San Francisco last year. I'm not really sure what that says about me, but there is probably some deeper psychological meaning in there somewhere. Anyway, I love these types of stories. This felt so real, and I ...more
"This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it but I do."
When you think enchanted places, the last thing that comes to mind is an ancient prison, but that is where this beautiful book takes place. It is narrated by a prisoner on death row, where the prisoners are kept in an underground dungeon of sorts. The narrator cannot speak, but he sees and envisions incredible things—golden horses who run hard b ...more
The narrator is an inmate awaiting his execution and his name and his crime are kept as a mystery until th ...more
Don't take my word for it. Try It! It's a case of it's me not the book.
Let me start my review by saying I wanted very badly to love this book like all my friends on Goodreads that have read it and have been seduced by it. To them I say.............I am Jealous of you all.
I pre ordered my copy in Hardback as this was going to be one of those books that would not be borrowed under any circumstances and would remain on my book shelf for many years to come.
But unfortunately I wasn't enchanted or impressed by it and was left fee ...more
“ Maybe we can stop men like me from happening. The lady has a gift, and I hope she keeps using it. It is the gift of understanding men like me.”
This book is compelling, haunting, mesmerizing, edgy, uncomfortable, unforgettable. I feel the need to find a Thesaurus to find words adequate enough to describe it. It immerses the reader in the pain of others causing one to rethink some ground rules you may have set for the limits of your compassion and does so with beautiful writing and pacing./>“ ...more
Not much has changed. Instead of working men to death, there is a slow starvation of the body and soul. And instead of rope, they use a machine."
"This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do."Publisher's synopsis
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This is the saddest, hardest book I have ever read. There are no characters here who have not been horribly damaged by their childhood, or escaping that, by their time in prison. They are on death row for doing unspeakable, gruesome crimes. They deserve to be there. But the lang ...more
It is a story about the ugliness of prison life on Death Row, of living life in an evil underground dungeon. It is about black-shirted execution squads and corrupt guards who order young men in general population to the rape shed for personal gain, then call them used, broken and throwaways to break their spirit of any hope. It is about surviving, but wishingagain.It ...more
"Sometimes, when reading a book, I would think of the other people who might have touched it
before it was donated. A nice woman who lay down with her baby for a nap might have held the book...........
Book possess theme somewhat like SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, But quite peculiar in its own way.
So many Changes have taken place which changes from The enchanted to Liberal(some sort of) one.
I liked the way writer initiated and went through in last chapter.
So, lemme tell you - this is not a fantasy novel! I would say that it is a cross between The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. But, not quite as good.
I liked the story okay, but I am not sure I got what the author was trying to do with the way she wrote it. At times, I had tr ...more
The narrator is a mute inmate, awaiting his date with death in the 'dungeon' deep under ground. Perhaps because of his silence, he has an almost uncanny awareness about everything and everyone around him. He considers the prison to be an enchanted place and can hear things in the walls (little men with hammers?), golden horses galloping underground (earthquakes?), and flibber-gibbets who ...more
Rene Denfeld's magical, beautiful book is unlike anything I have read before. It felt almost like being in a trance, her writing is just mesmerizing, and even though much of the book is dark and occasionally heartbreakingly unpleasant, her wr ...more
I was certainly skeptical when recommended this book given its death row/prison setting. I quickly got past my reservation when I read such gorgeous writing and incredibly imaginative storytelling from inside the mental thought processes of an irreparably damaged soul who is often back in childhood before he was brutally robbed of innocence, dignity and any chance at normalcy.
While I've mentioned Ms. Denfeld's unique talent for poetic prose, here ...more
Rene Denfeld has written a compelling novel regarding the moral question of capital punishment in her novel The Enchanted. Denfeld is an author who writes what she knows. She is a death penalty investigator who works on cases of the condemned, reviewing their cases to assess whether an inmate's sentence was properly imposed. Her findings may lead to a new trial for her clients. ...more
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Rene's poetic fiction has won numerous awards including the French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence and an IMPAC listing. Rene works as an investigator, including exonerating inn ...more