The book was published on 1 October  and is set in London 's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. Considering the setting of the novel, some critics have also pointed out a potential verbal pun in the novel's title, since in received pronunciation "symmetry" and "cemetery" are almost homophonous. Elspeth dies of leukemia. Her apartment, located beside Highgate cemetery in London, is left for the daughters of Edwina, her estranged twin sister.
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It seems like people that read that book really didn't care for this one. The plot twists were a bit much for me and I was actually surprised at the turn of events. Post a Comment. Summary: Audrey Niffenegger's spectacularly compelling second novel opens with a letter that alters the fate of every character.
Julia and Valentina Poole are semi-normal American twenty-year-olds with seemingly little interest in college or finding jobs. Their attachment to one another is intense. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the subeditor of Chicago. From a London solicitor, the enclosed letter informs Valentina and Julia that their English aunt Elspeth Noblin, whom they never knew, has died of cancer and left them her London apartment.
There are two conditions to this inheritance: that they live in it for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the estranged Elspeth and Eddie, their mother. Julia and Valentina come to know the living residents of their building. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword-puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessive compulsive disorder; Marijke, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery.
Author of one of the most beloved first novels in recent years, Niffenegger returns with an unnerving, unforgettable and enchanting ghost story, a novel about love and identity, secrets and sisterhood and the tenacity of live - even after death. Summary from book, cover photo from of amazon. The setting is easy to become immersed in as it is so beautifully described. Full of mysterious secrets the first half of the novel had me hooked. It was a little far fetched, possibly even more so than Niffenegger's first novel, yet I was so caught up in the plot that it didn't even matter.
Then the story took an unexpected turn. Actually it was a complete detour and a bad one at that. Niffenegger neglected to set up enough conflict in the beginning of the story for the plot to handle this turn of events.
I saw exactly how the story was going to play out yet couldn't turn away from it because I had grown attached to the characters. I kept hoping that this was just a minor brain fart on the author's part and she would come around. No such luck.
Even though I found this novel to be a disappointment I haven't given up on Niffenegger, as she is a very talented writer. If she would have just put an additional 50 pages or so into this book leading up to the climax the story would have worked.
It's a downright shame. I would definitely recommend picking up The Time Travelers Wife but skip this one and wait for her next. My Rating: 2. To Sum it up: Audrey Niffengger please check your desk drawers, I believe you left a few chapters behind! Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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Her Fearful Symmetry
It made the bestseller charts when it was published in the United States in It was a smart book: a high-end romance rejuvenated by a clever time-travel device, a winning combination of fantasy and ordinary human drama. Though she has never met her nieces or so we are at first led to believe , she decides to leave her flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to them on two conditions: that they move to England and live in it for a year before they think of selling, and that their parents never set foot inside it. What is striking about this novel is the peculiar magic it works, so that you get caught up in its often improbable plot.
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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: review
It seems like people that read that book really didn't care for this one. The plot twists were a bit much for me and I was actually surprised at the turn of events. Post a Comment. Summary: Audrey Niffenegger's spectacularly compelling second novel opens with a letter that alters the fate of every character. Julia and Valentina Poole are semi-normal American twenty-year-olds with seemingly little interest in college or finding jobs. Their attachment to one another is intense.
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REVIEW: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Dear Ms. Niffenegger ,. Here was a book that was smart, funny, romantic and tragic. It was one of my favorite reads of it would probably rate fairly high on my all-time favorite novels list, actually. I have waited five years for another novel from you. At least not completely. The pleasures of Her Fearful Symmetry are subtler, I think.
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In the second half of the 19th century, Londoners enjoyed a form of recreation that today might seem grisly: a Sunday stroll through one of the vast graveyards beyond the city center. They ultimately bore the same message one might hear in church: No matter how we try, our human endeavors end in death. It was not uncommon to find a family picnicking among the headstones. Highgate Cemetery, which opened in , is perhaps the most famous of these parklands and a popular tourist attraction now.