The Enchantment of Lily Dahl: A Novel

by Siri Hustvedt | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0805055908 Global Overview for this book
Registered by SydneyBristow on 12/16/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by SydneyBristow on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Lily Dahl, 19, is an aspiring actress who works the early morning shift as a waitress at the Ideal Cafe, where her considerably offbeat regulars include the stuttering and intense Martin Petersen, whom she's known since childhood. Lily takes up with Edward Shapiro, an artist from New York who has separated from his wife and is doing a series of portraits of local misfits. While Lily is busy attending rehearsals for her role in A Midsummer Night's Dream and getting acting lessons from her elderly neighbor, there are multiple sightings of a man carrying a woman's corpse around town. As Lily becomes increasingly convinced that young Martin is at the root of the bizarre events, she puts herself at risk to find out the truth. In the end, however, Hustvedt's plot is far simpler than it originally appears, and the somewhat forced strangeness of her characters' behavior may make some readers feel that the narrative is simply contrived. The novel is much stronger as a coming-of-age tale than it is as an existential mystery, however, and Hustvedt has created a charming and scrappy heroine in Lily Dahl.

Journal Entry 2 by SydneyBristow at Hotel Monte Feliz in Playa de Tarajalillo, Las Palmas Spain on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (11/9/2010 UTC) at Hotel Monte Feliz in Playa de Tarajalillo, Las Palmas Spain


Beautiful young girl, small town. Lily is both enchanted and enchanting. The characters are fully realized; I know these people. This is what Lake Wobegon would be like if all the children were not above average.

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