Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield: Trish's Review

Title: The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield
Pages: 405
Rating: 4.5/5

First, I would like to thank Kristin for nominating this book. She writes, "The main reason I pick this book is that I really, really enjoyed it....I think it's one of the best new books I've read in years!" And I also agree with her that this is a bibliophiles dream--books books and more books! :)

My full review can be found on my blog, but here is a little blurb:

I really enjoyed this book. The frame story is of Margaret Lea, an avid reader and amateur biographer, who is commissioned by the prolific novelist Vida Winter to write her biography. Margaret doesn't quit understand Winter's choice as she has never picked up one of her books (she prefers the Gothic classics), but she agrees to write Winter's biography under a number of conditions. The frame story was OK--Margaret bothered me in a number of ways and I wanted to scream at her several times "Get over yourself!!" But I didn't. :)

The story within the story, though, is what captured me...

If you're reading this book for the challenge, I hope you enjoy it--if not, pick it up anyway. Its a little longish, but doesn't feel like it at all.


Juli said...

I have this one on my wishlist. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Sarah Miller said...

Ok, you got me. I just put in a request at the library...

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Okay, I haven't read your review yet because I *just* started it last night and want to keep all the surprises. But I've only read the first few pages and I'm hooked!