The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780752881676 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Martjxox of Perugia, Umbria Italy on 6/25/2008
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Martjxox from Perugia, Umbria Italy on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
from the back cover:
" Angelifiel House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once the imposing home of the March family - fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, Charlie, her brutal and dangerous brother, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House conceals a chilling secret whose impact still resonates...
Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield's past - and the mistery of the March family starts to unravel. What has the house been hiding? What is its connection with the enigmatic author Vida Winter? And what is it in Margaret's own troubled past that causes her to fall so powerfully under Angelfield' spell?"

Journal Entry 2 by Martjxox from Perugia, Umbria Italy on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
bookray list:

1)Frangelle (UK, ships everywhere, europe)
2)Bookmaniac70 (bulgaria, ships in Europe only)
3)kalise (austria, ships in europe, if needed intl)
4)Spaceystacey (USA, ships in the USA only)------------------ the book is here

Journal Entry 3 by Martjxox at bookray in -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Umbria Italy on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (7/9/2008 UTC) at bookray in -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Umbria Italy



sending it via mail... the bookray starts!

Journal Entry 4 by frangelle on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Received, thankyou, will read then send on x

Journal Entry 5 by frangelle on Thursday, October 23, 2008
This was an absolutely brilliant book, I couldn't put it down! Not at all predictable with lots of twists and turns.

Am emailing Bookmaniac70 now for address and will send on as soon as that's received :)

Journal Entry 6 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Arrived safely,thanks a lot! Please bear with me as I have a little baby (2 months old) and not so much time to read! I hope to be able to forward the book within a reasonable time,though!

Journal Entry 7 by bookmaniac70 from София / Sofia, Sofiya Bulgaria on Sunday, December 07, 2008
Finished tonight. The story was intriguing but the writing revealed some flaws.I couldn`t relate to the characters,somehow they didn`t come to life for me. I had the feeling that some of the plot`s twists weren`t quite logical.And the beginning gave a wrong impression there would be a lot of talk on books....and I was a bit disappointed afterwards:-)). In summary,quite ordinary book,IMO- easy and interesting to read but not fully satisfying reader`s curiosity and reading appetite.

Journal Entry 8 by bookmaniac70 at St. Florian am Inn, Oberösterreich Austria on Friday, December 12, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (12/12/2008 UTC) at St. Florian am Inn, Oberösterreich Austria



Sent to kalise.

Journal Entry 9 by kalise from St. Florian bei Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Book arrived safely here in Austria. Thank you bookmaniac70! A merry Christmas to you as well! :)

Journal Entry 10 by kalise from St. Florian bei Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Monday, December 29, 2008
I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed the read! Very gripping, suspenseful and totally unpredictable. What I liked the most is the narrator's (Margaret's) voice, and the author's overall prose, which is simple but beautiful. Some of her imagery is brilliant; they made me pause and re-read. I also appreciate the reference to Wuthering Heights (narrative structure) and Jane Eyre. I totally agree with bookmaniac that not all the twists are logical, though, and not all questions are answered. This can be a bit irritating.

***spoiler alert!!!***

I find it unbelievable that the "secret" was never fully discovered by the governess Hester. First of all, no matter how clever the "secret" was in remaining hidden ...come on! A woman like Hester, as organized, observant, thirsty for facts and knowledge will led herself be misled that easily and conclude it must have been supernatural, even though she got so close to the truth? I can't really swallow that. This is the only part in the book that doesn't sit well with me. I also find the PS not necessary. There are logical explanations for all supernatural events in the book, hence the PS seems a bit out of place.

My answer to this is that the author remains true to the premise that all stories of one's birth are mythologized. Did we really get Vida Winter's truth or not? We can't know, can we? I am still not sure who she really is. I'm not sure I am buying everything she says. In the end we don't know what to think, and the various layers of unreliable narration lead to that effect. Maybe that's the point of the book: "What you get won't be the truth: it will be a story." Brilliant!

Journal Entry 11 by kalise at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (12/30/2008 UTC) at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria



I have mailed the book today to spaceystacey. Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 12 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Friday, January 09, 2009
Received in the post today. It appears that I am the last participant of the current ray, I will check to make sure of the status of the book.

08/29/2009 will be offering in the forums as a bookring. Will be read during the month of September.

05/12/2010 ready to begin it's journey.

1. heartthumper journalled as read.
2. bettywells asked to be skipped
3. penelopewanders asked to be skipped
4. Gzusgirl asked to be skipped
5. ladyofunicorns skipped
6. dakini6 Alaska USA mailings. on the way to now. 08/30/2010
9. tohweiee CHINA

Journal Entry 13 by wingheartthumperwing from Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Thursday, May 20, 2010
Received by mail today. Will read and send on to next on list.

Journal Entry 14 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Monday, May 31, 2010
Loved this book!

Journal Entry 15 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Wednesday, August 04, 2010
The next three on the list asked to be skipped. Messaging ladyofunicorns. Heard back from dakini6. Will be mailing off to her.

Journal Entry 16 by wingheartthumperwing at Anchorage, Alaska USA on Monday, August 30, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (8/30/2010 UTC) at Anchorage, Alaska USA


Posted to dakini6. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 17 by dakini6 at Anchorage, Alaska USA on Saturday, January 15, 2011
This arrived while i was in the midst of moving, and was promptly boxed and took a very long while to be unpacked, so sorry for the stall. However, once i came across it and started reading it, i couldn't put it down. This is one of the best books i've read in a long time. The characters are beautifully rounded, the story unfolds naturally, and the whole is truly engrossing. Thanks for including me in this ray, i'll be sending this off as soon as i hear from tohweiee.

Journal Entry 18 by tohweiee at Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu China on Saturday, May 21, 2011
Arrived safe and sound. Will start on it soon.

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