Vanessa Redgrave portrays Vida Winter in this film, and her sister, Lynn Redgrave, portrays the part of Vida Winter in the audiobook by Diane Setterfield, on. Diane Setterfield’s debut novel arrived already wreathed in acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. The Thirteenth Tale is a cleverly plotted. Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Brontë and du Maurier heroines: a The Thirteenth Tale. Diane Setterfield, Author.

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Jane Eyre provides a link among all these characters, and the ripped pages indicate the ending of all their stories.

Just so long as they don’t start on about storytelling and honesty the way some of them do. Setterfield’s way of rhirteenth her readers that there is stories within stories within stories. This is not a review. I just don’t think Setterfield is that good a stylist. It was just the shell of a person they took to the doctor’s house.

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

Even though this was my second time to read this novel and I even seen the TV adaptation, I still enjoed every moment spent with this book and will gladly replace this one on its well earned spot on my book shelf.

I’d borrowed it from some Language Arts teacher who tape critical of my typical reading choices, however furvent, and suggested I up the reading level a bit.


The Missus hardly knew what worried her more: Which that was a surprise in itself. While the plot seemed intriguing enough from the start, it was the evocative narrative that held me mesmerized right from the very beginning. At one point in the story, Setterfield perfectly describes how I felt when I finally set it down: The Thirteenth Tale is a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and we loved as children.

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The Thirteenth Tale

One is left with the feeling that the story could have been far more effectively recounted in a sixty-minute slot. This is a fair comparison in terms of plot mechanics, though Setterfield is a considerably better stylist than Brown.

No mystery should be impossible to unravel–it’s all about the story, the trail of the ribbon, as apposed to simply the unvailing. Well, this book really didn’t have either of those parts so to me it did not classify as a classic gothic novel. Though its title was appropriately amended and its cover eventually reprinted to read simply Tales tzle Change and Desperationa small number of books were printed with the original title and the twelve stories.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I want to see this on film! This small press run became a collector’s item one of which Lea’s father holds.


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He shut himself away in his room, leaving his children to the care of servants.

Personally, I feel that the twins had a form of autism and that their twin language was how they communicated with themselves. The sales gap is enormous: This was a 15 hour audio book, and due to life circumstances, I was not able to thirteeth continuously. View all 21 comments. They really differentiated the characters completely and made it extremely easy to follow.

I also enjoyed that this was essentially a book about books and book lovers. It doesn’t even come close to summerizing what the book is about. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved.