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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.… (més)
  1. 152
    El Conte número tretze de Diane Setterfield (obscurelens, sruszala, lahochstetler)
    obscurelens: Story about twins and ghosts. Darker than Her Fearful Symmetry, but I think it's far better than this.
    lahochstetler: Gothic tales of devoted twin sisters, love, and death.
  2. 91
    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.… (més)
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    The Gargoyle de Andrew Davidson (heidialice)
    heidialice: If you couldn't get enough of Martin and Marijke, or were hoping for a something a bit more like "The Time Traveler's Wife" try "The Gargoyle".
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Es mostren 1-5 de 465 (següent | mostra-les totes)
This novel starts and maintains a level of normalcy and maintains it throughout although it gets quite bizarre with ghosts haunting the apartment and tv and kittens getting killed…
But the best part is Martin with his crippling OCD and love for his wife Marijke and his vow to leave his apt and travel to her in Amsterdam. ( )
  Smits | Mar 16, 2024 |
Family Drama
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Story: 6 / 10
Characters: 8
Setting: 7
Prose: 7 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
I think this book might, might, might be a 4.75 instead of a 5, but then again, I might be judging it too harshly since her first book (the Time Traveler's Wife) is so perfect and lovely. You see, I think this is a nearly perfect book too, but I'm not sure I loved it in quite the same way as the other. I can't imagine how these stories unfold in her mind, because they are so intricate and so dependent on minutiae that it seems almost impossible to write such a book so flawlessly. My only criticism would be that I came to care for the characters only late in the book (maybe 100 pages in), meaning that I got to spend less time with them than I would have liked after I really cared about them and understood each one's point of view. I must give serious points for controlled creepiness; there are parts of this book that are downright terrifying, except that somehow the events described seem logical and normal at the same time. I will certainly re-read this one, as I have re-read her other one so many, happy times. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina move to Elspeth's flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building's other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including--perhaps--their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.

This is a tough book to review without giving too much away, so this will be a short review!

Quicker read than I thought this was going to be, this is not a repeat of the Time Traveller's wife. It's a straight linear narrative of Elspeth dying, leaving her flat to her twin nieces (one literally the mirror image of the other) and what happens over the next year when they come from the US to stay.

Highgate Cemetery makes a great "guest billing". The OCD neighbour upstairs seems to accept new people in his apartment a little to easily (especially since his wife of 20 years has just left him because of his compulsions) but on the whole it's an enjoyable book if I found it a less heart wrenching book the TTTW.
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 465 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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.
afegit per riverwillow | editaThe 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
 
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.
afegit per Shortride | editaTime, 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.
 

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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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