The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

This book is beautiful, and wonderfully written and the imagery descriptions are spot on, which is why I have only selected a small amount of quotes, there were many yet these stood out the most. The Thirteenth Tale is a really hard book to put down, and once it’s finished, it stays with you for a while as it seeps in. One would not expect the out come of the story that Vida Winter tells the protagonist Margaret Lea, yet despite this, the story pulls you in as if you are a by stander and watching all the action unfold.
I recommend reading this book on darker days, in the autumn, with a large cup of tea. Despite reading this in the summer, it was gloomy the few days that it took me to read this and it goes by so quickly that way. The gloomy outdoors set an adequate mood for this story engaging you further. It is also the perfect length for these gloomy times.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and I rarely do.


Few quotes found in the text:
“Life is compost.” (46)
“When one is nothing, one invents. It fills a void.” (117)
“You leave the previous book with ideas and themes – chapters even – caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book they are still with you.” (291)
“I have replaced doubt with with certainity, shadows with clarity, lacunae with substance.” (316)


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