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Summary The Essex Serpent ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Sarah Perry ↠ 5 Summary London 1893 Cora Seaborne är fortfarande ung men har just blivit änka och nu förväntar sig omgivningen att hon ska snöra åt korsetten klä sig i svart och dra sig tillbaka med en knähund i famnen Men äktenskapet var inte särskilt lyckligt och rollen som viktoriansk societetsfru passade aldrig den eg. Sometimes I think I sold my soul so that I could live as I must Oh I don t mean without morals or conscience I only mean with freedom to think the thoughts that come to send them where I want them to go not to let them run along tracks someone else set leading only this way or that Frowning she ran her thumb along the serpent s spine and said I ve never said this before not to anyone though I ve meant to but yes I ve sold my soul though I m afraid it didn t fetch too high a price I had a faith the sort I think you might be born with but I ve seen what it does and I traded it in It s a sort of blindness or a choice to be mad to turn your back on everything new and wonderful not to see that there s no fewer miracles in the microscope than in the gospels You think you really think that it is one or the other your faith or your reason The Essex Serpent is a magnificent work that uses the form of the Gothic novel to explore real world and very human concerns It may be set in the late 19th century but it resonates with issues just as compelling as those of the 21st Superstition and faith versus science and fact The nature and limits of friendship the moral limits of medicine Sarah Perry has said What most interests me about the past is not its otherness but its sameness One manifestation is a concern with the housing horrors of the poor in 19th century London being sueezed by landlords and their residences being replaced by posh lodgings I wanted to portray a late nineteenth century which was in many respects modern rather than a sort of Victoriana theme park of pea soupers and smelling salts By the 1890s you could travel by Tube and walk along an Embankment lit by electric lights you could have a tooth pulled under anaesthesia join a union read the Times buy frozen lamb shipped over from New Zealand and so on I suppose the obverse of saying they were rather like us is to say and we are rather like them and I do fear that we are regressing to a decidedly Victorian state when it comes to housing and a tendency to think of those who live in poverty as in some way deserving it due to a lack of virtue rather than mere ill fortune Cora Seaborne lately and happily relieved of her unloving but controlling husband by virtue of a fatal illness is no one s idea of a damsel in distress uite the opposite She has a passion for learning and exploration 1893 in the final decade of Victoria s reign was an exciting time The World Columbian Exhibition opened in Chicago Wall Street suffered another stock crash Women voted for the first time in a national election in New Zealand Cora is eager to be a part of this new age of scientific growth Shedding her London home At Euston Suare and Paddington the Underground stations received their passengers who poured in like so much raw material going down to be milled and processed and turned out of molds and indulging her growing interest in paleobiology Cora along with her on the spectrum son Francis and his nanny Cora s friend Martha heads to Colchester in Essex They re finding fossils on the coastCora will be happy as a schoolboy there up to her knees in mud Strange News out of Essex a woodwork from the 1669 pamphlet It is while on a random explore in the rain and considering her oneness with nature It struck her that everything under that white sky was made of the same substance not uite animal but not merely earth where branches had sheared from their trunks they left bright wounds and she would not have been surprised to see severed stumps of oak and elm pulse as she passed Laughing she imagined herself a part of it and leaning against a trunk in earshot of a chattering thrush held up her arm and wondered if she might see vivid green lichen stippling the skin between her fingers that she first meets Pastor Will Ransome It definitely counts as meet cute when they neither knowing who the other is team up to retrieve an animal that had gotten stuck in the considerable mudThe pastor and the naturalist will form a beautiful bond as they engage in a dialectic of faith reason and respectful consideration and sometimes hostile confrontation The core of faith in tension with science is central Rumors of a serpent have been making rounds a return of a creature last reported in the 17th century Many of the locals indulge in superstition as fear spreads Will is determined to put an end to such notions but the naturalist Cora is hoping it might be a remnant of what had been thought a lost species a plesiosaur perhaps bringing to her scientific approach a considerable store of faith in the possible Perry plays these tensions like Itzhak Perlman on a Stradivarius Sarah Perry from The GuardianThe tension between faith and science is far from the only buzzing string here The connection Cora and Will make leads to battles of both the expected and surprising sorts and while the core of their words is beyond reproach their growing affection for each other excitement at intellectual challenge but also excitement at the very presence of the other makes for than a bit of discomfort While Cora is happily widowed Pastor Will remains smitten with his beautiful both in body and spirit wife Stella a star who would sparkle in any firmament Of course lustrous though she may be Stella is not exactly in the best of health Can Cora and Will s friendship sustain or will it transform into something else William Ransome and Cora Seaborne stripped of code and convention even of speech stood with her strong hand in his children of the earth and lost in wonder As for that beastie the notion for the story was a happy accident It was Sarah Perry s husband who told her on a car journey through Essex having spotted a sign to the village of Henham about the legend of a serpent Perry felt her scalp tighten the better to grasp the idea and keep it safe inside her head a feeling she has become used to when she thinks of something she knows will make a great book Immediately I thought if that beast came back in the Victorian era post Darwin when there was a trend for natural history and people were fossil collecting people would have a very different response from those in the 17th century who had seen this beast from The Guardian interview The structure of the core conflict came to Perry in a flash between myth and superstition and faith and reason and science and all of those clashing over this one potential beast But how best to orchestrate itThe Gothic form offered a welcome approach There are familiar elements sometimes reimagined The typical spooky castle finds an outlet in a natural setting a spot where civilization tapers off and the natural or supernatural picks up a marshland abutting the Blackwater River near an estuary the fittingly named World s End Darkness abounds there as do barely visible things and events that offer rich fodder for active imaginations In the darkness he grows afraid There s something there he feels it biding its time implacable monstrous born in water always with an eye cocked in his direction An atmosphere of mystery pervades Just what the hell is going on An ancient and obscure prophecy portends unpleasantness ahead Well folks thereabouts are persuaded that the promise of the serpent s return was being fulfilled Omens portents visions So many Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events Yep and some pretty outstanding natural ones as well High even overwrought emotion Fuh shoo uh Science minded free at last widow meets studly passionate intellectually curious cleric And plenty of raised voices beside But the high emotional level also extends to being dazzled by beauty Women in distress Well not the usual sort Stella is particularly unwell but seems less stressed than enthralled by it Cora is a modern woman so no poor weak thing act being performed There is plenty of the vocabulary of the gothic For example chapter one begins One o clock on a dreary dayThere is also the romantic element in the gothic approach The Will Cora connection has already been mentioned There are a few other connections of this sort that are addressed But the overwhelming connection throughout the book is of friendship even if the lines between where friendship leaves off and another kind of relationship picks up can be a bit murky and even if love is the beating heart of all sorts of friendships What I absolutely didn t want to do was to write a book about two people who madly fancy each other and at the end of the book they fall in love and they get married That s so tiresome and life is so much rich and complex and complicated than that I wanted to write about a relationship that is intimate and tender and exciting and even erotic but not a conventional boy meets girl and they re soulmates and they live happy ever after storyPerry aimed to write about as many different kinds of friendship love as I could find Ones which blur the boundaries between romantic love and friendship seeing sexual desire as something cathartic and benevolent even when it s not connected to any kind of romantic attachment I still maintain that Cora and Will are basically friends but that their friendship is capacious and different and subject to change as human relationships are from the Waterstones interview There are external elements throughout the book that buttress both nature and the sublime Perry has the eye of a naturalist She makes considerable and stunning use of this talent to breathe life into her landscapes When the rain set in she delved deeper between the trees turning her face to the featureless sky It was a uniform grey without shifting of clouds or sudden blue breaks and no sign at all of the sun it was an unwritten sheet of paper and against it the bare branches were black It ought to have been dreary but Cora saw only beauty birches unfurled their strips of bark like lengths of white cloths and under her feet wet leaves were slick Everywhere bright moss had taken hold in dense wads of green fur swaddling the trees at their foot and fine pelts on broken branches that lay across the path There are plenty bits of this here Stella adds a particularly ethereal appreciation for the color blue both in its natural state and as manufactured Blue in fact tints the novel for a considerable swath in a way that is both beautiful and alarming Cora s son Francis has an interest in the natural world as well and offers some insights although he lacks the experience to be able to interpret what he observes There is a rich supply of secondary characters some of whom receive starring role treatment They serve to illuminate issues of the day One is a doctor on the cutting edge of his profession another a memorable local who will mar your dreams with visions of unspeakable fence decorations and resident earwigs Martha s social activism highlights the housing issues in London but also a sexual freedom that addresses the constraints of Victorian s Perry is not a satirist but she does offer a particularly delicious line from one of her supporting cast someone who dismisses notions of a returned monster I m uite religious you know no patience for the supernaturalAs for gripes blissfully few The vanishing of one young lass lacked a persuasive rationale I thought There was one scene late in the book that I found a bit off putting but it would be too spoilerish to note it here Neither of these imperiled for me the overall joy I experienced reading this book For me the notion of the bliss of the beautiful that permeates TES can be summed up in a line from Cora It was just the light she said up to its old tricks But how was my heart to know A wondrous read satisfying to both heart and mind The Essex Serpent is a spectacular achievement a masterpiece by a gifted writer at the peak of her powerReview posted 32417Publication May 27 2016 the original hardcover in the UK June 6 2017 by Custom House in the USA April 24 2018 trade paperNovember 15 2017 The Essex Serpent is named one of the top fifty notable works of fiction of the year by The Washington PostNovember 22 2017 The Essex Serpent is named one of its 100 Notable Books of the year by The New York TimesEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and Twitter pages You should know that as of the date of this post her personal site was still under constructionInterviews The Guardian The Essex Serpent author Sarah Perry Kids at school found me strange I didn t mind interview by Emine Saner FiveBookscom Sarah Perry recommends the best Gothic Fiction Interview by Beatrice Wilford December 1 2016 Waterstones The Book Perry Was Meant to Write by Sally Campbell December 10 2016 The Essex Serpent British Library On the trail of the Essex Serpent Perry describes her encounter with the original 1669 pamphlet that inspired the novelThe Gothic Novel A fabulous lesson This is where I got the list of Gothic novel characteristics I used for that part of the review Elements of the Gothic Novel A wonderful video from Studycom Gothic Novels Characteristics Examples it is limited though One must be a subscriber to see it all Still worth a lookFWIW In classical mythology Cora or Kore was another name of Persephone goddess of fertility and the underworld from nameberrycom Le città invisibili yes I ve sold my soul though I m afraid it didn t fetch too high a price I had a faith the sort I think Zuckerman Unbound you might be born with but I ve seen what it does and I traded it in It s a sort of blindness or a choice to be mad to turn Saturday Reuiem your back on everything new and wonderful not to see that there s no fewer miracles in the microscope than in the gospels You think Every Pretty Thing Darby McCormick #7 you really think that it is one or the other Cincuenta sombras de Grey / Fifty Shades of Grey (Trilogía Cincuenta Sombras) your faith or Escape your reason The Essex Serpent is a magnificent work that uses the form of the Gothic novel to explore real world and very human concerns It may be set in the late 19th century but it resonates with issues just as compelling as those of the 21st Superstition and faith versus science and fact The nature and limits of friendship the moral limits of medicine Sarah Perry has said What most interests me about the past is not its otherness but its sameness One manifestation is a concern with the housing horrors of the poor in 19th century London being sueezed by landlords and their residences being replaced by posh lodgings I wanted to portray a late nineteenth century which was in many respects modern rather than a sort of Victoriana theme park of pea soupers and smelling salts By the 1890s Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children you could travel by Tube and walk along an Embankment lit by electric lights Forsaking All Others Kimani Romance you could have a tooth pulled under anaesthesia join a union read the Times buy frozen lamb shipped over from New Zealand and so on I suppose the obverse of saying they were rather like us is to say and we are rather like them and I do fear that we are regressing to a decidedly Victorian state when it comes to housing and a tendency to think of those who live in poverty as in some way deserving it due to a lack of virtue rather than mere ill fortune Cora Seaborne lately and happily relieved of her unloving but controlling husband by virtue of a fatal illness is no one s idea of a damsel in distress uite the opposite She has a passion for learning and exploration 1893 in the final decade of Victoria s reign was an exciting time The World Columbian Exhibition opened in Chicago Wall Street suffered another stock crash Women voted for the first time in a national election in New Zealand Cora is eager to be a part of this new age of scientific growth Shedding her London home At Euston Suare and Paddington the Underground stations received their passengers who poured in like so much raw material going down to be milled and processed and turned out of molds and indulging her growing interest in paleobiology Cora along with her on the spectrum son Francis and his nanny Cora s friend Martha heads to Colchester in Essex They re finding fossils on the coastCora will be happy as a schoolboy there up to her knees in mud Strange News out of Essex a woodwork from the 1669 pamphlet It is while on a random explore in the rain and considering her oneness with nature It struck her that everything under that white sky was made of the same substance not uite animal but not merely earth where branches had sheared from their trunks they left bright wounds and she would not have been surprised to see severed stumps of oak and elm pulse as she passed Laughing she imagined herself a part of it and leaning against a trunk in earshot of a chattering thrush held up her arm and wondered if she might see vivid green lichen stippling the skin between her fingers that she first meets Pastor Will Ransome It definitely counts as meet cute when they neither knowing who the other is team up to retrieve an animal that had gotten stuck in the considerable mudThe pastor and the naturalist will form a beautiful bond as they engage in a dialectic of faith reason and respectful consideration and sometimes hostile confrontation The core of faith in tension with science is central Rumors of a serpent have been making rounds a return of a creature last reported in the 17th century Many of the locals indulge in superstition as fear spreads Will is determined to put an end to such notions but the naturalist Cora is hoping it might be a remnant of what had been thought a lost species a plesiosaur perhaps bringing to her scientific approach a considerable store of faith in the possible Perry plays these tensions like Itzhak Perlman on a Stradivarius Sarah Perry from The GuardianThe tension between faith and science is far from the only buzzing string here The connection Cora and Will make leads to battles of both the expected and surprising sorts and while the core of their words is beyond reproach their growing affection for each other excitement at intellectual challenge but also excitement at the very presence of the other makes for than a bit of discomfort While Cora is happily widowed Pastor Will remains smitten with his beautiful both in body and spirit wife Stella a star who would sparkle in any firmament Of course lustrous though she may be Stella is not exactly in the best of health Can Cora and Will s friendship sustain or will it transform into something else William Ransome and Cora Seaborne stripped of code and convention even of speech stood with her strong hand in his children of the earth and lost in wonder As for that beastie the notion for the story was a happy accident It was Sarah Perry s husband who told her on a car journey through Essex having spotted a sign to the village of Henham about the legend of a serpent Perry felt her scalp tighten the better to grasp the idea and keep it safe inside her head a feeling she has become used to when she thinks of something she knows will make a great book Immediately I thought if that beast came back in the Victorian era post Darwin when there was a trend for natural history and people were fossil collecting people would have a very different response from those in the 17th century who had seen this beast from The Guardian interview The structure of the core conflict came to Perry in a flash between myth and superstition and faith and reason and science and all of those clashing over this one potential beast But how best to orchestrate itThe Gothic form offered a welcome approach There are familiar elements sometimes reimagined The typical spooky castle finds an outlet in a natural setting a spot where civilization tapers off and the natural or supernatural picks up a marshland abutting the Blackwater River near an estuary the fittingly named World s End Darkness abounds there as do barely visible things and events that offer rich fodder for active imaginations In the darkness he grows afraid There s something there he feels it biding its time implacable monstrous born in water always with an eye cocked in his direction An atmosphere of mystery pervades Just what the hell is going on An ancient and obscure prophecy portends unpleasantness ahead Well folks thereabouts are persuaded that the promise of the serpent s return was being fulfilled Omens portents visions So many Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events Yep and some pretty outstanding natural ones as well High even overwrought emotion Fuh shoo uh Science minded free at last widow meets studly passionate intellectually curious cleric And plenty of raised voices beside But the high emotional level also extends to being dazzled by beauty Women in distress Well not the usual sort Stella is particularly unwell but seems less stressed than enthralled by it Cora is a modern woman so no poor weak thing act being performed There is plenty of the vocabulary of the gothic For example chapter one begins One o clock on a dreary dayThere is also the romantic element in the gothic approach The Will Cora connection has already been mentioned There are a few other connections of this sort that are addressed But the overwhelming connection throughout the book is of friendship even if the lines between where friendship leaves off and another kind of relationship picks up can be a bit murky and even if love is the beating heart of all sorts of friendships What I absolutely didn t want to do was to write a book about two people who madly fancy each other and at the end of the book they fall in love and they get married That s so tiresome and life is so much rich and complex and complicated than that I wanted to write about a relationship that is intimate and tender and exciting and even erotic but not a conventional boy meets girl and they re soulmates and they live happy ever after storyPerry aimed to write about as many different kinds of friendship love as I could find Ones which blur the boundaries between romantic love and friendship seeing sexual desire as something cathartic and benevolent even when it s not connected to any kind of romantic attachment I still maintain that Cora and Will are basically friends but that their friendship is capacious and different and subject to change as human relationships are from the Waterstones interview There are external elements throughout the book that buttress both nature and the sublime Perry has the eye of a naturalist She makes considerable and stunning use of this talent to breathe life into her landscapes When the rain set in she delved deeper between the trees turning her face to the featureless sky It was a uniform grey without shifting of clouds or sudden blue breaks and no sign at all of the sun it was an unwritten sheet of paper and against it the bare branches were black It ought to have been dreary but Cora saw only beauty birches unfurled their strips of bark like lengths of white cloths and under her feet wet leaves were slick Everywhere bright moss had taken hold in dense wads of green fur swaddling the trees at their foot and fine pelts on broken branches that lay across the path There are plenty bits of this here Stella adds a particularly ethereal appreciation for the color blue both in its natural state and as manufactured Blue in fact tints the novel for a considerable swath in a way that is both beautiful and alarming Cora s son Francis has an interest in the natural world as well and offers some insights although he lacks the experience to be able to interpret what he observes There is a rich supply of secondary characters some of whom receive starring role treatment They serve to illuminate issues of the day One is a doctor on the cutting edge of his profession another a memorable local who will mar Command Authority your dreams with visions of unspeakable fence decorations and resident earwigs Martha s social activism highlights the housing issues in London but also a sexual freedom that addresses the constraints of Victorian s Perry is not a satirist but she does offer a particularly delicious line from one of her supporting cast someone who dismisses notions of a returned monster I m uite religious Reunion young lass lacked a persuasive rationale I thought There was one scene late in the book that I found a bit off putting but it would be too spoilerish to note it here Neither of these imperiled for me the overall joy I experienced reading this book For me the notion of the bliss of the beautiful that permeates TES can be summed up in a line from Cora It was just the light she said up to its old tricks But how was my heart to know A wondrous read satisfying to both heart and mind The Essex Serpent is a spectacular achievement a masterpiece by a gifted writer at the peak of her powerReview posted 32417Publication May 27 2016 the original hardcover in the UK June 6 2017 by Custom House in the USA April 24 2018 trade paperNovember 15 2017 The Essex Serpent is named one of the top fifty notable works of fiction of the No Mean Glasgow year by The Washington PostNovember 22 2017 The Essex Serpent is named one of its 100 Notable Books of the Going Too FarThe Old Girl Network Omnibus Edition year by The New York TimesEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and Twitter pages You should know that as of the date of this post her personal site was still under constructionInterviews The Guardian The Essex Serpent author Sarah Perry Kids at school found me strange I didn t mind interview by Emine Saner FiveBookscom Sarah Perry recommends the best Gothic Fiction Interview by Beatrice Wilford December 1 2016 Waterstones The Book Perry Was Meant to Write by Sally Campbell December 10 2016 The Essex Serpent British Library On the trail of the Essex Serpent Perry describes her encounter with the original 1669 pamphlet that inspired the novelThe Gothic Novel A fabulous lesson This is where I got the list of Gothic novel characteristics I used for that part of the review Elements of the Gothic Novel A wonderful video from Studycom Gothic Novels Characteristics Examples it is limited though One must be a subscriber to see it all Still worth a lookFWIW In classical mythology Cora or Kore was another name of Persephone goddess of fertility and the underworld from nameberrycom

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Summary The Essex Serpent ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Sarah Perry ↠ 5 Summary Ensinniga och frihetstörstande CoraHon bestämmer sig för att lämna storstaden för landsbygden i Essex tillsammans med sin socialistiskt orienterade väninna Martha och sin mycket speciella son Francis De hamnar i den lilla staden Colchester där rykten om ett mystiskt odjur har skapat masshysteri hos lo. 45 This exuisite work of historical fiction explores the gaps narrower than one might think between science and superstition and between friendship and romantic love The Essex Serpent was a real life legend from the latter half of the seventeenth century but Perry s second novel has fear of the sea creature re infecting Aldwinter her invented Essex village in the 1890s Mysterious deaths and disappearances are automatically attributed to the Serpent that dwells in the depths of the Blackwater This atmosphere of paranoia triggers some schoolgirls to erupt in frenzied delusions as in The Crucible It is unclear whether the Church should tolerate a source of mystery or dismiss it all as nonsense after all there s a winged serpent carved onto one of the pews at the parish churchIn a domestic counterpart to all these supernatural goings on we gain entry into two middle class households Cora Seaborne s abusive husband Michael has recently died of throat cancer leaving her to raise their odd autistic I wondered eleven year old son Francis on her own She has an amateur interest in fossils to rival Mary Anning s so when she hears of a cache near Colchester she leaves London for Essex bringing along Frankie and her companion Martha Mutual friends put her in touch with Will Ransome the vicar of Aldwinter sure that he and his family consumptive wife Stella and children Joanna James and John will be able to show her around the coastDespite an inauspicious first meeting which sees Cora and Will still unknown to each other hauling a drowning sheep out of a lake theirs soon becomes a close easy friendship Cora feels she can speak her mind about the faith she lost and the new marvels she finds in natureI had faith the sort I think you might be born with but I ve seen what it does and I traded it in It s a sort of blindness or a choice to be mad to turn your back on everything new and wonderful not to see that there s no fewer miracles in the microscope than in the gospelsShe holds her own in cerebral debates with Will as he deplores his parishioners fantasies about the Serpent Is there really such a big difference between his faith all strangeness and mystery all blood and brimstone Cora teases and the Serpent legend In seeming contradiction to his career path Will is suspicious than many of the other characters of things he doesn t understand and can t explain away like hypnosis and a Fata MorganaThe novel s nuanced treatment of faith and doubt is enhanced by references to Victorian science including fossil hunting and early medical procedures Dr Luke Garrett Michael s surgeon is one of Cora s best friends back in London she calls him The Imp In one of the most striking passages of the entire book he performs rudimentary heart surgery on the young victim of a stab wound Perry fills in the novel s background with a plethora of apt Victorian themes including housing reform and London crime For a book of 440 pages it has a large cast and a fairly epic scope Although there are places where subplots and minor characters might have been expanded upon Perry wisely refrains from stuffing the novel with evidence of her research Indeed it s a restrained book overall yet breaks out into effusiveness in just the right places as in Stella s mystical adoration of the color blueDescriptive passages and the letters passing between the characters give a clear sense of the months passing yet there is also something timelessly English about the narrative Dickensian in places Our Mutual Friend and Hardyesue in others Far from the Madding Crowd I especially loved this picture of the June countrysideEssex has her bride s gown on there s cow parsley frothing by the road and daisies on the common and the hawthorn s dressed in white wheat and barley fatten in the fields and bindweed decks the hedgesCross this cozy pastoral vision with the Gothic nature of the Serpent craze and you get uite a uniue atmosphere The vague unexplained sense of menace didn t work for me at all in Perry s previous novel After Me Comes the Flood but here it s just rightIt was no doubt true in the late Victorian period that men and women can t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way as famously declared in When Harry Met Sally No one is uite sure what to make of a sexually available self assured female like Cora The different kinds of Greek love from philia to eros keep shading into each other here Like the water that forms the book s metaphorical substrate the relationships ebb and flow Yet there s no denigrating any connection as just friendship in fact friendship is enough to rescue one character from suicide Like Hanya Yanagihara s A Little Life the novel asks whether love is ever enough to save us and gives a considerably optimistic answerThe fact that I have an MA in Victorian literature means I m drawn to Victorian set novels but also highly critical about their authenticity While reading this though I thoroughly believed that I was in 1890 Moreover Perry adroitly illuminates the situation of the independent New Woman and the uandary of science versus religion which were the joint subjects of my dissertation women s faith and doubt narratives in Victorian fictionI m delighted especially having seen Perry speak at Bloxham Festival in February see my write up for on her background and the inspirations behind this novel to have liked The Essex Serpent three times as much as her debut It has an elegant evocative writing style reminiscent of AS Byatt and Penelope Fitzgerald Something holds me back from the full 5 stars too diffuse Too much staying on the surface of things Not uite intimate enough especially about Cora s inner life but I still declare myself mightily impressed The Essex Serpent counts as one of my favorite novels of 2016 so far You can see why Serpent s Tail how perfect is her publisher s name rushed this one into publication a few weeks early Expect to see it on the Booker Prize shortlist and any other award list you care to mention With thanks to Anna Marie Fitzgerald at Serpent s Tail for the free review copyOriginally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck

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Summary The Essex Serpent ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Sarah Perry ↠ 5 Summary KalbefolkningenCoras teori är att det rör sig om en oupptäckt art som hon är fast besluten att hitta och klassificera Hon finner en oväntad vän och intellektuell jämlike i traktens präst William Ransome Tillsammans söker de svaret på gåtan samtidigt som Will och Cora oundvikligen dras till varandr. Well this will certainly teach me about that old adage re books and covers I really love a Victorian floral in the William Morris mode and buttercup yellow endpapers charming In my mind this was going to be a gothic tale of serpents and maybe some Victorian sexual repression something along those lines Certainly serpents were mentioned people seemed flustered about it but the entire thing lacked any kind of narrative tension or gothic edge unless you count the odd fog Then there was the love uadrilateral I really stopped counting how many people were in love with Cora not by all accounts a great beauty or from what I could see particularly engaging So this epidemic of lovelorn people seemed puzzling to me Passions when they did very briefly arise were kind of neutered and odd This is certainly not a Victorian romance novel thenOne could read it for passing social commentary on the dire state of housing in Bethnal Green or perhaps for an interesting account of medical procedures of the era My point being this seemed like a novel struggling to figure out what it wanted to be There was some very picturesue writing on landscapes and scents and sounds but this only takes a novel so far I somehow missed something in this book that resonated with other readers perhaps one needed to fall in love with Cora as well In my opinion if you need to read a contemporary Victorian novel it has to be Faber s Crimson Petal and the White


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