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Her Fearful Symmetry

de Audrey Niffenegger

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When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.… (mais)
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    lahochstetler: Gothic tales of devoted twin sisters, love, and death.
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    Highgate Cemetery: Victorian Valhalla de Felix Barker (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: For those who wish to know more about this book's setting, I highly recommend Barker's. It includes an essay on the history of Highgate, one on well-known burials, and has a section of wonderful photographs. Highgate is very unlike the manicured, geometrically laid-out modern cemeteries, and, if those are the only ones with which you are familiar, Barker gives you a sense of the atmosphere this young American women encountered.… (mais)
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2019 started re-listen. // Re-listen complete and I still loved it. Look forward to a re-read someday.

hmmm what to say. Two young women (twins) move to London because they've inherited their aunt's "flat". Their aunt is their mother's twin. It's a 3 family "flat". Upstairs lives Martin and his wife Marika. They have their own complete story that intertwines with the main story line. Downstairs lives Robert who was their aunt's boyfriend. He is a main character along with younger set of twins. Across the street is a large cemetery that Robert volunteers at and is writing his thesis about. We are taken to a couple funerals and a tour there in Highgate Cemetery.

That's it, I can't tell you more. There are ghosts but it is not horror.
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---1st time reading comments-----
Author said: Stole ideas from these 3 books. the woman in white. the turn of the screw. portrait of a lady.

I like it, would recommend it. Possibly re-read it some day.
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I've listened to audiobook twice narrated by Bianca Amato. She is an outstanding narrator. (She sounds quite a bit like Cersei Lannister.)
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From the book: A bad thing about dying is that I've started to feel as though I'm being erased. Another bad thing is that I won't get to find out what happens next. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 23, 2021 |
Adult fiction. I was hesitant to read this because the plot sounded lame, and it didn't seem likely to be as good as Time Traveler's Wife. Well, the plot wasn't so lame, but neither was it great, and overall it still wasn't great. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
3.25*
This book was very... different. I didn't realize going in that this was going to be fantasy - I somehow missed that part of the summary on the back cover. I didn't particularly like any of the characters - while they were dimensional, they had so many flaws with so little to like that I couldn't connect with any of them besides Marijke and Martin. In fact, I think they need their own story; I could care less about the 2 sets of twins and Robert. The ending was also very... strange. I don't quite understand the author's decisions in the last 10 pages or so. I mean, the ghosts ride crows for fun and Robert finally grows a pair, finishes his thesis and leaves Elspeth? What? Why? He's just left his kid too? He didn't strike me as the type to do that. I was left disappointed by the ending overall. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Started out strong, very imaginative but very disappointed with the last 1/8 of the book. ( )
  PamS76 | Feb 17, 2021 |
This was not a compelling read. I did not relate to any of the characters and didn't find them very interesting. As a ghost story.......it wasn't much. The theme of identical twins exchanging identities could be more interesting if handled differently. The only good thing about this book were the descriptions of Highgate cemetery........maybe if we remove the characters and the plot and substitute that material with more stories about Highgate this would be a fine book. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Niffenegger’s story is written with a lightness of touch and with a great eye for the oddities of human behaviour.
 
Niffenegger has always identified loss as her main subject, but here at least it’s dissolution: the grim inevitability of decay. The theme of doubleness feeds into this. Valentina wants to break free of the controlling Julia and live her own life, but can she survive without her? Forced togetherness, the “fearful symmetry” of the title, can lead to a diminution of individual identity, a merging of personalities. Sometimes apartness is preferable.
adicionado por riverwillow | editarThe Times, John O'Connell (Oct 10, 2009)
 
Instead of fabricating ghosts and faux-Englishmen, it's a shame that Niffeneggers didn't just cut away all the cobwebby Halloween trappings and write a moving, realistic story about a man with OCD who is trapped for real, rather than ersatz, reasons in a flat overlooking a cemetery. She sustains a mood, but it is vaguely repellent, rather than enjoyably disquieting. Instead of a lingering, unforgettable ghost story, this is the novelistic equivalent of a cut-rate séance, a parlour game complete with Ouija boards and cheap theatrics, as unconvincing as knuckles rapping under tables
adicionado por Taphophile13 | editarThe Guardian, Sarah Churchwell (Oct 10, 2009)
 
Niffenegger is an extraordinarily sensitive and accomplished writer, and Her Fearful Symmetry is a work of lovely delicacy... But Her Fearful Symmetry is not a book of great emotional force, not the way Time Traveler's Wife was.
adicionado por Shortride | editarTime, Lev Grossman (Oct 5, 2009)
 
Mysteries and truths slowly unravel as the story progresses. The major plot resolves predictably, but its grim inevitability fits well with the genre, and a few more surprising twists produce an even more satisfying read than Niffenegger’s bestselling debut.
adicionado por Shortride | editarThe A. V. Club, Samantha Nelson (Oct 1, 2009)
 

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When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart.

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