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, β€œHer 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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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Overall, I loved this book and have a new respect for Audrey Niffenegger for writing about very unconventional issues. Instead of saying, “I only read business books” or “I only read romance” or whatever it is that people think they read, it would be nice if everybody would graze more widely.

Unfortunately, it also describes the story. 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.

Audrey Niffenegger on Her Ghostly New Novel

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: Julia discovers the body and is devastated. As in The Time Traveler’s Wife, fearfil one thing I struggled with in this book was the ease with which the symmwtry accepted that which is not normal. Or maybe the sex scenes were supposed to be scrubbed out and it was intended to be a young adult novel?

So maybe that’s what will happen to books. I read Niffenegger’s first novel before the days of GR; and I remembered when I decided to rate it, I wavered between 3 liked it and 4 stars really liked it.

When one of the twins gets her father a cup of coffee, I was half expecting it to be something like the following: Unfortunately, The Right Book isn’t from a specific genre, or by a specific author or set in a certain period in time.

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The story opens with Elspeth succumbing to leukemia in a London hospital. As a novel of love, I am reminded: If you come to the book looking to be freaked out, you will be disappointed, for this is a strangely unspooky ghost story.

Her writing remains a delight. Sure, I know there are a lot of people who believe in ghosts. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina.

Symmftry book is excellent on so many different layers and levels, my head is still considering them all. The twins new neighbour, Robert, was their Aunt’s lover and his feelings of loss for Elspeth are painful to read at times. Views Read Edit View history.

I felt completely absorbed in this book and I have to admit that I never saw what happened in the last 50 pages coming at all! There are some well drawn characters that add to the story particularly the OCD neighborbut after this long set up, the story just devolves into absurdity. Julia calls her “Mouse” because of her fearful attitude toward everything. But nope, just because the variables were there it didn’t mean the equation was in balance.

But the twins’ problems are specific to twindom β€” they are so inseparable that they are rendered infantile to the point of idiocy β€” which makes it impossible to draw any universal conclusions from their so-called troubles, except that arrested adolescents are universally tiresome.

However, it is this complexity of choice that has fascinated me about Neffenegger’s writing. Aunt Elspeth, of course, is the ghost in the flat, and Niffenegger works extremely hard for almost pages to construct a story out of this assemblage of inklings, trying to make it about identity in addition to “the delights and inconveniences of mental illness and immortality”, as the reader’s note tells us.


Nov 20, Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves: Martin creates crossword puzzles and performs anthropological research but while he is blessed with intelligence and charm, he is afflicted with a severe case of OCD.

They attempt to trap it by leaving food and milk on the balcony, but the kitten refuses to come inside. As always, I like Niffenger’s writing style. However when we came to the American side of the story, the description of the twins was more than just a bit odd.

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’m vascilating between three and four stars. But the story, which started out strong, lost its way long before the weak ending. All the variables were there, there were creepy mirror twins, cooky neighbors, a spooky cemetery, a mystery to be niffenegge and even a ghost in residence.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I can easily say that this is the best new book I’ve read this year. It almost felt like she wrote part of it with a movie in mind. London is literature’s Victorian ghost-story capital. My strongest complaints, though, are with some of the writing. Her Fearful SymmetryNiffenegger’s follow-up to her time-hopping best seller, is a Audry ghost story set in the present that’s more in tune with her creepy “visual novels” The Adventuress and The Three Incestuous Sisters.