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✓ Read ☆ Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ✓ My initial reaction was that I really disliked this book On reflection, I still really dislike it but for a different reason than I thought I think what Niffenegger was trying to do here was present a group of deeply dysfunctional characters put them in a ghost story let nature take its course Why anyone would want to read such a thing is beyond me, but there it is Elspeth Noblin dies leaves her London flat, which overlooks Highgate Cemetery, to her nieces, 20 year old American twins Julia Valentina The only conditions of the bequest are that they live in the flat for a year before selling it if they wish to that their parents Elspeth s sister Edie these two are also twins and Edie s husband Jack never set foot in it We re led to believe that there s some deep, dark secret b Like so many other readers, I was enchanted by The Time Traveler s Wife There was a willing suspension of disbelief on my part which goes against my skeptical and cynical nature but the story was sweet and engaging enough to pull it off Not so much with Her Fearful Symmetry Again, through at least the first 2 3 of the book, I was willing to suspend disbelief and go with the story But then it just got ridiculous beyond the point where I enjoyed the story any Essentially a ghost story, Her Fearful Symmetry features two sets of twins, the older Elspeth and Edie, and Edie s daughters Valentina and Julia The story opens with Elspeth succumbing to leukemia in a London hospital Her twin sister and nieces have not seen her inthan 20 years, as a rift between Elspeth and Edie as well as distance Edie lives in Chicago drove them apart Els This was difficult to put down but I deliberately tried to read slowly beause it was such a pleasure to read Niffenegger is one of the finest contemporary writers and noone does longing and stymied love better than she does.
This book reminded me of Time Traveler s Wife as well as The Lovely Bones The stories center on an apartment building right off of Highgate Cemetery in London One apartment belongs to Elspeth Noblin who dies on the first page of the book and bequeaths the apartment to her twin nieces in America, with the stipulation that they must live there for a year before selling and that their mother, Elspeth s own twin, can never set foot in the apartment The top floor apartment is occupied by Martin, who suffers terribley from OCD Niffenegger s rendering of OCD is the most painful and seemingly realistic depiction t This is a very tricky book to review I thoroughly enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry Having heard plenty of mixed reviews about this one, I wasn t sure how I would find it On top of that, it was soon due back at the library, and I had 4 other library books calling my name desperately I needn t have worried This book definitely got me thinking and I like it when a book does that when it stays in my mind for a long time after I actually finished reading it.
Her Fearful Symmetry is definitely a challenging book Challenging not because of writing style or incoherent ideas Challenging because it questions a lot of accepted conventions that you might have At least it did for me I remember feeling the same after reading The Time Traveler s Wife I would say that is the only similarit
That promise is not fulfilled.
Niffenegger speaks of ghosts that dissipate in to the ether, so to speak, because they haven t been dead long enough to figure out how to keep themselves together and harness their intent I like this viewpoint within the story Unfortunately, it also describes the story.
We are introduced to several sets of twins who, as it turns out, are so focused on being twins that they in one Another Audrey Niffeneger book where I m not sure what or who I m supposed to root for Reading the Time Traveler s Wife I often thought the words BREAK UP WITH HIM, ALREADY while the rest of the world was weeping over DOOMED LOVE.
Also, soulmates aren t real, and you don t have one.
Back to the book at handI 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 don t know who or what to root for I don t like anyone, but I often sympathize with their desires or motives The setting is DELICIOUSLY creepy She has a great sense of place I visualize the story taking place almost in Gorey style animation, like the opening credits of Mystery secondary characters were really well drawn It is a ghost story with a proper sense of dread Six Years After The Phenomenal Success Of The Time Traveler S Wife, Audrey Niffenegger Has Returned With A Spectacularly Compelling And Haunting Second Novel Set In And Around Highgate Cemetery In LondonWhen 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 Are Semi Normal American Teenagers With Seemingly Little Interest In College, Finding Jobs, Or Anything Outside Their Cozy Home In The Suburbs Of Chicago, And With An Abnormally Intense Attachment To One AnotherThe Girls 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 BehindNiffenegger Weaves A Captivating Story In Her Fearful Symmetry About Love And Identity, About Secrets And Sisterhood, And About The Tenacity Of Life Even After Death I read Niffenegger s first novel before the days of Goodreads and I remembered when I decided to rate it, I wavered between 3 liked it and 4 stars really liked it I ended up opting for 4 stars, because I did remember so much of it due to its sense of place and its unique storytelling Her second novel has these same elements her strengths are obviously her imaginative story lines, which she roots in concrete reality But the story, which started out strong, lost its way long before the weak ending.
My strongest complaints, though, are with some of the writing The point of view was all over the place, changing sometimes from sentence to sentence within a paragraph I don t have a problem with this kind of thing if it can be pulled off, but here it seemed inelegant and clunky even lazy And while the writing was very visual to great effect, in many inst I have never read The Time Traveler s Wife, Ms Niffenegger s claim to fame, and after reading Her Fearful Symmetry it is very likely I never will This was not a bad book by any means but for me it simply failed to deliver the goose bumpy moments I so sincerely hoped for.
Highgate Cemetary, London England All the variables were there, there were creepy mirror twins, cooky neighbors, a spooky cemetery, a mystery to be solved and even a ghost in residence But nope, just because the variables were there it didn t mean the equation was in balance What really let me down the most was I thought this was a Gothic novel, my favorite flavor But it wasn t There were only three truly Gothic aspects of this novel and all were totally wa Audrey Niffenegger s Her Fearful Symmetry is for the most part, a good, solid old fashioned ghost story with a contemporary setting The backdrop to the novel, and what to an extent becomes the dominant character in the story, is London s Highgate Cemetery which is paradoxically an obvious but inspired and perfect choice It s a fascinating, hugely atmospheric and wonderful place to visit and is ideal as the setting for a haunting story of the supernatural such as this one Audrey Niffenegger worked as a tour guide at Highgate Cemetery whilst researching the novel and successfully conveys the feel, atmosphere and history of the Cemetery throughout This provides the novel with foundation of authenticity on which to base a story which clearly requires the reader to display a certain degree of suspended disbelief There are nods to Dick