At last - another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of "The Time Traveler's Wife". Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or ...
possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat...With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, "Her Fearful Symmetry" is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger's familiar themes of love, loss and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.
Sinceramente me ha parecido aburrido y raro a partes iguales. No cumple ninguna característica gótica fundamental, más allá de la presencia del cementerio y los muertos. Las relaciones de los personajes están descritas de forma burda ySinceramente me ha parecido aburrido y raro a partes iguales. No cumple ninguna característica gótica fundamental, más allá de la presencia del cementerio y los muertos. Las relaciones de los personajes están descritas de forma burda y superficial, incluso la de las protagonistas, que al ser gemelas, una espera que tengan un tipo de relación mucho más intensa e interesante que el resto. Sin embargo, parece que se odian ya casi desde el inicio de la novela. Además a la historia le sobran muchísimas páginas, por que no da más de si. Es más el "gran secreto" familiar lo deducí yo solita después de leer ¡50 páginas! Y luego está el final, que es malo, incoherente y no le encuentras sentido alguno. Supongo que es el único final que a la historia le cuadraba, pero no por eso deja de darte la sensación de que le faltaba algo, aunque no sepas precisar el que. Si bien es cierto que no te aburres mientras lo lees, el resultado final es que el libro es muy tedioso, no le encuentras sentido o lógica a la historia (el plan de Valentina Poole debería estar en el top ten de planes idiotas) y las exhaustivas descripciones del cementerio se te hacen enormemente pesadas. No me he leído el primer libro de esta autora, pero después de leer esto, la verdad, muchas ganas no me entran. ...Continua Nascondi
Secondo libro dell’autrice di La moglie dell’uomo che viaggiava nel tempo. Per certi aspetti l’inizio può richiamare alla mente il primo libro. Il distacco dalla morta sembra evocare il profondo dolore narrato nel primo libro. La narrazioneSecondo libro dell’autrice di La moglie dell’uomo che viaggiava nel tempo. Per certi aspetti l’inizio può richiamare alla mente il primo libro. Il distacco dalla morta sembra evocare il profondo dolore narrato nel primo libro. La narrazione procede con lo stesso stile che coinvolge e in grado di comunicare i sentimenti al lettore. La trama lascia del tutto a desiderare, soprattutto negli sviluppi finali dove manca ogni senso logico cristiano e soprattutto morale. Voto: 3 ...Continua Nascondi
I enjoyed 'Her Fearful Symmetry' and the array of characters it presented. I was quite happy with the cast of characters being fairly small - the twins, their upstairs and downstairs neighbour, and a certain ghost. It was interesting to read aboutI enjoyed 'Her Fearful Symmetry' and the array of characters it presented. I was quite happy with the cast of characters being fairly small - the twins, their upstairs and downstairs neighbour, and a certain ghost. It was interesting to read about OCD, as well as grief and the feelings surrounding the life of twins. The tale is one of raw humanity, of coming to terms with life and what it presents.
I thought the novel was well written, and almost lived up to my view of Niffenegger that I formed from 'The Time Traveller's Wife'. 'Her Fearful Symmetry' is powerful and thought-provoking, but not on the same scale as Niffenegger's debut novel. It is definitely worth a read - it was a real page-turner for me, as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Before I read this book, I read other people's reviews here on Goodreads. Some people said that the "twists" within the story were completely transparent and expected. I must disagree. The twists and turns of the novel had me gripped, and I was completely shocked at the revelation near to the end of the book. I physically gaped.
When I finished reading, I was not entirely satisfied, but that was probably because the ending wasn't, "And they lived happily ever after". There was some sense of closure, but as a reader I felt slightly jilted out of a suitable ending for all the characters. Such is the dilemma of reading a realistic novel....Continua Nascondi
What a mess of a novel...all started reasonably well, with a death, two sets of twins and the promise of family mystery all dealt out in the opening chapters. But after the premises were efficiently set up, the author seems to have no idea where toWhat a mess of a novel...all started reasonably well, with a death, two sets of twins and the promise of family mystery all dealt out in the opening chapters. But after the premises were efficiently set up, the author seems to have no idea where to take her story. The major character of the ghost was introduced rather awkwardly into the stagnating plot, which was as trapped inside this London apartment as itself. A whole chunk of time and space was then dedicated to the interaction with the ghost and the joint exercise of figuring out the logic of the afterlife. This entire portion of the book was thoroughly unexciting to put it mildly.
When another plot twist finally came, it was so absurd and laughably implausible that you couldn't believe the author really went along with it anyway. What followed was one ridiculous development after another. In fact, the last third of the book is so boring, illogical, substance-less and preposterous it's painful to bear.
The book is a huge disappointment after Niffenegger's wildly imaginative and fabulous brain scratcher "The Time Traveler's Wife". They are similar in the sense that both deal with the fantastical and absurd, but in this one, you get the feeling that the rules of the ghost world were made up as the book went along and the plans and intentions of the characters also appear totally whimsical, defying all common sense. When the author tried to stir things up in the final part of the book and complicated everything by playing with the identity of the older twins and the failed resurrection attempt, the result is still hopelessly lifeless and not in the least intriguing. Apart from one vividly depicted character who suffers from OCD and is confined within his own personal ticks, there's almost nothing worth salvaging in this fangless, tepid ghost tale. ...Continua Nascondi