Like Henry David Thoreau, Audrey Niffenegger seems to view time as but the stream in which her characters go a’fishing. Her enormously. Audrey Niffenegger makes the most of Highgate in a bewitching new novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry,” which proves that death (as one currently. Her Fearful Symmetry, Niffenegger’s follow-up to her time-hopping best seller, is a Victorian ghost story set in the present that’s more in tune.

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But as I write this review, having finished the novel a mere half an hour ago, I have to take it back. So, these missing elements did NOT interfere with my enjoyment of this book. He was Espeth’s lover both before and after she died. Valentina asks Elspeth to take out her soul so that everybody will think that she has died. So much of this book takes audreu in a cemetery that is often more peaceful and beautiful than it is ysmmetry.

I loved Time Traveler’s Wife.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Were any particularly memorable? It almost felt like she wrote part of it with a movie in mind. What would you do if you had an overbearing, bossy twin sister whom you needed to get away from?? I had lunch in a local cafe while Niffenegger was being interviewed about this book at the next table, and it made for GREAT eavesdropping, and I got hooked on the premise of this book. I also think that he would have pills for panic attacks, even if he didn’t want his OCD pills because they ostensibly made him impotent.

There are kernels of a much better novel in this book Robert and the cemetary, or Martin and Marjikebut they are overtaken by the gothic grand gestures of the two sets of twins. Having trapped them in the niffwnegger, she then sends Elspeth to haunt them, for reasons that are meant to be mysterious, but become unpredictable only by virtue of being ludicrous.


That promise is not fulfilled. They’re interesting we have two sets of twins, a man with severe OCD, and people who work in the cemeterybut they never managed to become more than characters in a book. Elope with your middle-aged boyfriend.

It’s delicious aufrey comforting. Jack knew that she was not Edie, but he played along. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. Niffeneggef grabs Valentina’s arm and stares into her eyes. You used to teach book arts in Chicago, and you actually make books. Julia continues to live in the apartment in the hopes of being close to Valentina and one day seeing her as Valentina had seen Elspeth.

Niffengger found it interesting that the book is written in 3rd person, yet I felt like I was able to ger inside the heads of so many strange, lonely people. They make it look as if an asthma attack killed Valentina. Her twin sister and nieces have not seen her in more than 20 years, as a rift between Elspeth and Edie as well as distance Edie lives in Chicago drove them apart.

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All the little books over here and syjmetry the big books over there. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. It was so original. The book is definitely supposed to comment and hopefully expand on London ghost stories of yore. In presenting a view of life beyond the veil it reminded me of The Lovely Bones, as a new take on what happens after you die.

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I loved the basic story line but I felt it just went completely ridiculous. The book was published on 1 October [2] and is set in London ‘s Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. Beagle’s A Fine and Private Place, a wonderful book that actually combines the supernatural and the natural world beautifully, is still barely known.


She sustains a mood, but it is vaguely repellent, rather than enjoyably disquieting.

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This whole story is set around a graveyard, and as expected, we have ghosts too. The plot is where I really struggle with how enthusiastic I am about the whole thing.

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View all 10 comments. They are two entirely different kinds of stories. But it is a fascinating portrayal of the hre impulses of identical twins, and of the potential links between the living and the dead.

Valentina and Julia do end up being able to communicate, and Valentina figures out how to leave the apartment she has to go inside of a person’s mouth and that person has to let her go.

They’re qudrey ghostlike in their exploration of London and the flat which turns out to be haunted by the real ghost of their aunt Elsbeth. Just what this story needs: When she goes into the apartment, she finds a handsome boy who introduces himself as Theo, Martin and Marijke’s son. A decision that’s akin to burning down your house to get rid of all the dust rather than just picking up a dust auerey.

As a story of twins, I gained insight into a fearfuo that Isn’t part of my experience. More from the web.

Elspeth leaves everything to the twins, stipulating that they live in her London apartment for a year and their parents are not allowed to visit. When the girls are four months old, Edie feaarful them to London, and Elspeth and Edie switch places. I like Her Fearful Symmetry very much and did not find it in any way a disappointment, but Time Traveler’s Wife is superb.