The research is meticulous and yet the many facts are blended so easily into the narrative that the reader hardly notices just how much authentic information Setterfield manages to impart, a talent she shares with Hilary Mantel. This is a ghost story and while it is dark, atmospheric and full of death, what I loved was its life and colour.
Setterfield is brilliant at character and setting and can make even a woollen mill fascinating and utterly riveting.
A rags -to-riches tale with a spooky twist. She's [Setterfield] come through with a corker, a second book arguably better than her first Did this book take so long because she was going over it with a fine-toothed comb? Setterfield is brilliant at character and setting and can make even a woollen mill fascinating and utterly riveting.
A rags -to-riches tale with a spooky twist. She's [Setterfield] come through with a corker, a second book arguably better than her first Did this book take so long because she was going over it with a fine-toothed comb? Certainly seems like it. And it was worth the wait.
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Long time ago. Before our crosses and spires and prayer books. In my opinion, this is the darkest book by Diane Setterfield.
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William starts seeing and breathing Death and decides to exorcise it by setting up an enterprise of mourning and ceremonies. He wants to honour it by providing the very best of services in an attempt to rescue the only treasure that matters.
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His child. And then, his aim becomes an obsession. Where are the boundaries — if there are any, that is. Where does one begin to understand that he is actually a victim of a strange desire?
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On the other hand, how can a human being, even one as gifted as William, battle against forces that are so much stronger than us? What about the past? How can a good life that aims in helping others atone for an act of violence? How can we escape the whims of Fate that haunts our steps?
Can there be a second chance to make up for the horrible fault of a child? We often talk about revenge against each other. What can we do when Nature is set on taking revenge against us?
These are only a few of the questions that this book poses on the reader. And if we read books, we do so because we want to think and question. If we approach books as we approach the items in a supermarket, then novels like this one are not for us. Even now you can go and see it — yes, right now, in your time — but you will not see a single rook alight in its branches.
They still know what happened. Rooks are made of thought and memory.
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They know everything and they do not forget. Setterfield creates a foreboding atmosphere, honouring the vast British tradition of Gothic Literature and elevating it to new standards. Visions, nightmares. Churches and graveyards.
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And the crows, the rooks, the ravens are always at the heart of the action. They define the course of the characters. They observe.