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When one of the twins gets her father a cup of coffee, I was half expecting it to be something like the following: There are two love stories at the heart of this novel: Valentina forms a strong friendship and then a more-than-friends relationship with Robert, another parallel. Her writing remains a delight.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: review – Telegraph

I just found Niffenegger’s ghosts so unappealing and their habits so not right and the whole soul-removing thing too bleh. He decides to read the diaries and letters that Elspeth left him when she died. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. A decision that’s akin to burning down your auddrey to get rid of all the dust rather than just picking up a dust rag.

For context, I adored Time Traveler’s Wife to pieces, and I normally keep my distance from anything that even hints of romance. In order to join his story with the twins whose aunt dies, Niffenegger expediently places the aunt in the flat below Martin’s in Highgate, overlooking the cemetery.


What is striking about this novel is the peculiar magic it works, so that you get caught up in its often improbable aurey. However, it is this complexity of choice that has fascinated me about Neffenegger’s writing.

As always, I like Niffenger’s writing style.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: review

This book is excellent on so many different layers and levels, my head niffengeger still considering them all. Monday 31 December If you want a book that populates your mind with quirky, needy, devious and certifiably insane people, grab this one right away.

Having heard feafrul of mixed reviews about this one, I wasn’t sure how I would find it. I can’t say the ending was totally a surprise — I could see it coming a few chapters in advance, especially coming as it did on the heels of so many characters’ questioning and extrapolating.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

But what kind of story would that be? But, after all, Henry James wrote ghost stories so maybe this would get better. 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. You may not have to sleep with the lights on after reading this.


Price may vary by retailer. Suspenseful, surprising, and beautifully written. They move to Sussex, where the relationship between Robert and Elspeth deteriorates with Robert ignoring her most of the time.

So damn it, I wanted this to be more than it was. I found this question come up many a time in the relationships of both sets of twins.

As she’s also left them millions β€” Elspeth is a rare-book dealer, obviously a far more lucrative profession than I realised β€” and one of the twins, Julia, doesn’t much feel like going to university or getting a job symmetgy doing anything except boss her twin Valentina around, this is convenient. Open Preview See a Problem? The twins also wander into the life of a crossword puzzle maker that’s so OCD that he auddrey leave his own flat he accidentally washes a hole through the twins’ ceiling.

You can kind of see this is going to tearful to one of the geniuses thinking: But I’ve been desperately seeking The Right Book.

Widely hailed as wonderfully original, this device essentially reworked Kurt Vonnegut’s conceit in Slaughterhouse-Five of becoming “unstuck in time”. I still think sh The beginning of this novel was lovely The particular incident literally left me shell-shocked and, to use the expression, gasping for air.