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message 1: by Alexandra (last edited Dec 30, 2007 05:21AM) (new)

Alexandra I just finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield yesterday. It's the type of book that sticks with you after reading, that I need to digest a bit, and think I'll likely reread it.

Something I really related to was the theme of the love of books throughout the story. In one scene a doctor, a minor character, prescribes "Sherlock Holmes" for what he diagnoses with some humor as the effects of overly romantic tendencies feed by much repeated reading of such books as "Jane Eyre", etc. Being familiar with both the malady and Sherlock Holmes, I understood his choice. It made me chuckle. It made some sense to me, had some truth in it, and I really liked the idea of a doctor understanding the love of stories enough to "prescribe" a book as treatment.


message 2: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
That sounds like a great book and I need to check it out! What a wonderful scene!

Ed


message 3: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
That sounds like a great book and I need to check it out! What a wonderful scene!

Ed


message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
That sounds like a great book and I need to check it out! What a wonderful scene!

Ed


message 5: by Alexandra (last edited Jan 03, 2008 03:43AM) (new)

Alexandra It is a good book, but it took me a bit to get into it. The pacing is slow, it's intriguing and interesting, bit of mystery but not a heart-pounding page-turner. More of a family drama type story. It's not going to be for everyone. But I'm glad I stuck with it.


message 6: by Anne (new)

Anne | 10 comments I loved this book - if you haven't already read it, I recommend Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It has many of the same gothic qualities, and is also about characters who love books.

I also think prescribing books is a wonderful idea. Sometimes you need something that just lets you wallow in a certain mood, and other times you need a little help snapping out of it.


message 7: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
Added to my requests at the library. :)


message 8: by Cassiel (new)

Cassiel Oh, that is such a beautiful book. I read it last summer, it's one of my favorite books read in 2007. Happy reading!


message 9: by Allison (new)

Allison this was a book that i loved.
very haunting, but also a bit relatable (at least to margaret's love of books).

i'll have to check out shadow of the wind, sounds good.


message 10: by Holli (new)

Holli I loved this book also......one of my faves now!


message 11: by Brigitte (new)

Brigitte I liked this book too. One of the few books to actually make me chuckle out loud - her description early in the book of why she must always sit when reading.


message 12: by Heidi (new)

Heidi  | 23 comments If you love reading and the weaving of a tale, then definitely check out The Thirteenth Tale... it was definitely written by someone who adores reading and writing.


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