26 July 2010

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I really enjoyed this book even though it is nothing like what I generally enjoy reading, at least with regard to subject matter.

The premise of the book greatly involves departed spirtis, seemingly with no where to go. If I release my hold on reality though, I can enjoy a good story simply for the sake of a good story! And this is one.

Julia and Valentina Poole are twins who live in Chicago. They resist change. The twins recieve notice in the mail that their aunt, of whose existense they were unaware, has died and left them her flat in London. There is a stipulation though; they must live in it for a year before they may sell it.

(The only cemetery we visited while living in England was the one within walking distance from our home. Reading this book made me realize that I would now enjoy visiting Highgate Cemetery.)

While I can't say I was happy with the end of the book I can certainly understand why the author wrote the ending the way that she did. The author also wrote Time Traveler's Wife, which was recently made into a film. I love The Time Traveler's Wife, book and film.

I think that this book, too, could be made into a film and would certainly go to see it if it is. I very much enjoy Ms. Niffenegger's writing voice. Her ability to twist a plot just right really grabs me. I didn't figure out the twist in the plot until just before she revealed it which is a very exciting place to be as a reader. I guess that's what I most appreciate about her writing. If you're like me, step aside from reality for a bit and give the book a chance. I enjoyed it and I am glad I read the book!


  1. I was actually quite disappointed by the novel. As a twin, I was rather unconvinced by the twins portrayed - and if one hated being identified with the other, why on earth did they wear the same clothes?!

  2. I STILL haven't seen Time Travelers Wife! If I find any time this weekend, I will certainly watch the movie. In the meantime, I want to read Fearful Symmetry.

  3. I can let you borrow Her Fearful Symmetry. I think my sister, Kelly, still has it. I'll check. I have TTWife on my iPod if you can plug it into a tv at your place sometime.


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