Then she moved to Evanston, Illinois and has since spent a majority of her life in Chicago. Niffenegger completed her undergraduate degree at the Art Institute of Chicago where she worked on becoming a visual artist. A at Northwestern University. She is an alumna and board member of the Ragdale Foundation. She started making books herself by using processes such as intaglio and letterpress. She also wrote many novels which were produced on an offset press.
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Shelves: set-in-england , mysteries , most-unattractive-characters-ever This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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!
Why anyone would want to read such a thing is beyond me, but there it is. Much later, we find out what it is. Wait while my head explodes… Elspeth, of course, returns as a ghost. Am I supposed to like her or hate her? Was she good or bad? I GET it! A more ineffectual character you will never meet. He also leads cemetery tours. So he stalks them for what seems like a few hundred pages. Robert finally begins to get over Elspeth, thanks to his growing attraction to Valentina, though Valentina of course looks like Elspeth.
Oh, big secret is revealed…. What the….?! But at this very interesting part of the book, it ends! Totally a side story—but I loved them. The flats where all of them were living seemed a lot more creepy than the cemetery!
Barbara Vine. This kind of thing is right up her alley. Just add vampires.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Shelves: set-in-england , mysteries , most-unattractive-characters-ever This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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! Why anyone would want to read such a thing is beyond me, but there it is. Much later, we find out what it is. Wait while my head explodes… Elspeth, of course, returns as a ghost.
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Plot summary[ edit ] Elspeth dies of leukemia. Her apartment, located beside Highgate cemetery in London, is left for the daughters of Edwina, her estranged twin sister. They move to London and take up residence in the flat. Robert works as a tour guide in the cemetery as a way of learning more for his thesis on the cemetery. Valentina begins falling in love with Robert and he reciprocates, mainly due to her resemblance to Elspeth.
Her Fearful Symmetry
See how this article appeared when it was originally published on NYTimes. 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.
Attempting to tell a haunting ghost story about immortality and history with metaphysical overtones, all she manages is theosophy. In a note to the reader, Niffenegger candidly, if perhaps unwisely, admits before the novel begins that her story was full of false starts. Then it was about twin girls whose aunt dies [. Instead of abandoning these notions, Niffenegger thriftily stitched them all together, and the result is the patchwork it sounds. She manoeuvres them into the flat, gives them sufficient funds to be useless, sets a rule that says they have to stay there, and then asks us to see this as a metaphysical state of entrapment and possessiveness, rather than an egregiously clumsy narrative contrivance.