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Her Fearful Symmetry [Audrey Niffenegger] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the author of the #1 bestselling The Time Traveler’s. Audrey Niffenegger makes the most of Highgate in a bewitching new novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry,” which proves that death (as one currently. Lorna Bradbury is beguiled by a ghost story set around Highgate Cemetery, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

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And niffeengger course, I’d be more forgiving if I hadn Wow, disappointing! Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Large crows show up and the spirits shrink and get on the crows to ride them over the city as they fly.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Niffenegger’s claim to fame, and after reading Her Fearful Symmetry it is very likely I never will. This book was full of really absurd people doing really absurd things. Videos About This Book. Elspeth has bequeathed a sizeable sum of money and a huge mansion block uadrey opposite Highgate Cemetery to twin nieces she has never met, year-old Americans Julia and Valentina Poole.

On the other hand, one of the things that delighted me least was how unabashedly straightforward all the characters were. I’m amending my review of this book, and making a new rule that I will not do reviews for at least a day once I’ve finished.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I found this question come up many a time in the relationships of both sets of twins. View all 13 comments. She’s interesting and easy to read and introduces characters with unbelievable literally, unbelievable problems like time-travelling or being a ghost with remarkable credibility. This book is excellent on so many different layers and levels, my head is still considering them all.

Julia calls her “Mouse” because of her fearful attitude toward everything. I didn’t like it. The twins also wander into the life of a crossword puzzle maker that’s so OCD that he can’t leave his own flat he accidentally washes a hole through the twins’ ceiling.


And their own flat seems to be haunted Not so much with Her Fearful Symmetry. As Elsbeth discovers her ghostly powers, she drives the novel to its obvious but still-interesting conclusion.

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One apartment belongs to Elspeth Noblin who dies on the first page of the book and bequeaths the apartment to This was difficult to put down but I deliberately tried to read slowly beause it was such a pleasure to read. Overall such a let down from an author I hoped would write beautiful stories for years to come. Another Audrey Niffeneger book where I’m not sure what or who I’m supposed to root for. I suspect the author fell in love with the cemetery and wanted to write a story about it.

Elspeth’s somewhat younger lover lives in the first floor apartment and works as a tour guide at Highgate Cemetery. Elspeth Noblin, cancer-ridden in a hospital bed, dies as her younger lover Robert steps out momentarily. Widely hailed as wonderfully original, this device essentially reworked Kurt Vonnegut’s conceit in Slaughterhouse-Five of becoming “unstuck in time”. Though she has never met her nieces or so we are at first led to believeshe decides to leave her flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to them on two conditions: Views Read Edit View history.

Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-il It was so original. L ike Henry David Thoreau, Audrey Niffenegger seems to view time as but the stream in which her characters go a’fishing.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: review – Telegraph

I had some sympathy for Valentina and her desire to split from her overbearing twin, but the scheme concocted to acheive this was over the top even more over the top than a time traveling man In the late evening on the day of the funeral, Robert removes the body from the coffin and takes it to the flat so Elspeth can place Valentina’s soul back into her body.


Books by Audrey Niffenegger. My initial reaction was that I really disliked this book. 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. Where I felt a bit let down by this book was that I could see the ending coming.

View all 8 comments. Naturally, the dead came to mind. I don’t even know where to start with this book. I love Audrey Niffenegger’s writing style.

In each set, one twin wants freedom and the other wants the status quo. There was a beautiful scene early on, of children playing in the graveyard, and it was obvious even at that point that these children are ghosts. And their downstairs neighbor is When Elspeth dies, she leaves her papers to her boyfriend and her flat to her twin’s children, the twin sisters Julia and Valentina. They make it look as if an asthma attack killed Valentina.

Where is that line drawn?

But the story, which started out strong, lost its way long before the weak ending. If I could ner it more stars in the rating I would.

A decision that’s akin to burning down your house to get rid of all the dust rather than just picking up a dust rag. She asks for a ride on his motorcycle, and later it is made obvious that they are dating.

They are two entirely different kinds of symmetty. Dec 03, James rated it really liked it.