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, “Her 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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It almost felt like she wrote part of it with a movie in mind. We’re in the 21st century feadful, though. I definitely don’t know how to review this one.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: review – Telegraph

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. At least it did for me. The struggles between both sets of sisters is a core theme here.

I expected to be on the verge of quite a wonderful tale. Elspeth and her sister Edie are identical twins.

The twins’ predicament is even more rigged because it is only produced by the expedient of Nirfenegger having ensured that they don’t need to earn a living. View all 3 comments.

Elspeth returns as a ghost and is stuck in her apartment. Meanwhile, their upstairs neighbor is struggling with OCD and a passionate love for his wife, who has left him because of it.


She tells Robert of her plan and asks him to freeze and preserve her body and then for Elspeth to put her soul back into her body so that she will be free to live her life without Julia. In particular, the title, which I puzzled over for the vast majority of the book, became completely clear in the end. Or maybe we’re drawn to it and repelled by it at the same time. Personally I would have been gratified symmetrh that alone would have knocked about pages off the turmoil.

It was especially lovely when they simultaneously give the finger to the television when George Bush is on.

Niffenegger’s rendering of OCD is the most painful and seemingly realistic depiction that I’ve come across. I like the premise, but Niffenegger really lost me towards the end.

I’ve talked to a lot of twins, and they’ve all mentioned that you feel the need to make yourself into an individual.

Her Fearful Symmetry – Wikipedia

However, it is this complexity of choice that has fascinated me about Neffenegger’s writing. They are fairy tale co-dependent to the point of sleeping in the same bed, being colourlessly beautiful and identikit dressers. I suggest borrowing this book from the library until you have read it and have a better sense of whether or not you want to add this to your personal nifenegger.

Given that we see so many characters’ perspectives in the narration, this seemed like a bit of a cop out. 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.


She sustains a mood, but it is vaguely repellent, rather than enjoyably disquieting.

Her Fearful Symmetry

This book is well worth reading BUT you really need to suspend disbelief and just go with the really wild premise. They make it look as if an asthma attack killed Valentina. The last paragraph, amazing.

They move fearfhl Sussex, where the relationship between Robert and Elspeth deteriorates with Robert ignoring her most of the time. Finally when I discovered that it was going to be a ghost story, I almost gave up reading it. I felt like it had more in common feagful Tana French ‘s awesome mysteries I definitely don’t know how to review this one. Frankly I think that should have been the whole book. Those books are hard to come by. Highgate Cemetary, London England. In a note to the reader, Niffenegger candidly, if perhaps unwisely, admits before the novel begins that her story was full of false starts.

An ending that just hung there. What changed for me here was nigfenegger lack of connection with the characters.