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I don’t have a problem with this kind of thing if it can be pulled off, but here it seemed inelegant and clunky even lazy.

She delivers a baby boy and one day, shortly after the child is born, Elspeth returns to their little cottage after a walk and discovers that Robert’s thesis has been completed and audrye lying on the table.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

One doesn’t find much out about Martin except for the surface issues, but he is by far the most human of all the characters in the book. Robert also falls fearfup love with her mainly due to her similarity to Elspeth. View all 3 comments. Refresh and try again.

The woman Robert knows as Elspeth is actually Edie and the woman everyone knows as Edie is actually Elspeth. Overall, I loved this book and have a new respect for Audrey Niffenegger for writing about very unconventional issues.

But somehow all of these problems feel irrelevant as you are reading. It says a lot about how great these characters are that I could relate to nearly all of them, male or female, alive or dead. You may not have to sleep with the lights on after sy,metry this.

This one is a very different type of book from The Time Traveler’s Wife, but nevertheless, a good one in its own right.


Her Fearful Symmetry

I doubt I would sanely accept someone telling me that. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I like the premise, but Niffenegger really lost me towards the end. And while the writing was very visual to great effect, in many instances some of the details were unnecessary and pedestrian. Just what this story needs: I like what resulted from the decision – the ending is completely satisfactory in a morbid, tragic way vearful but I keep getting stuck on the absurdity.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

This kind of thing is right up her alley. The meek twin in this story Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Niffenegger has a beautiful writing style, and her characters always feel precise and real to me. I thought the ending was just downright ridiculous. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Neither does it feel as self-consciously clever as its niffeneggre.

But as I write this review, audret finished the novel a mere half an hour ago, I have to take it back. Price may vary by retailer. I had a feeling that the author was attempting to explain something but in a word, all it was was creepy.

As always, I like Niffenger’s writing style. Isn’t that just about the oldest twin prank in the book? Julia will assume she is dead and Valentina will go on with a new life minus Julia. 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.

Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you’ve misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.

While this story lacked for me, at nifvenegger some of the magic of The Time Traveler’s Wifeit is just as artfully written and explores the intricacies of relationships with the same deftness and insight as Niffenegger’s earlier work. There are kernels of a much syymmetry novel in this book Robert and the cemetary, or Martin and Marjikebut they are overtaken by the gothic grand gestures of the two sets of twins.


There was a willing suspension of disbelief on my part which goes against my skeptical and cynical nature but the story was sweet and engaging enough to pull it off.

The top floor apartment is occupied by Martin, who suffers terribley from OCD. Julia and Valentina are twins. I still think she’s a great writer and will look forward to her next book, but this one just really disappointed me.

Also, the poetry references in the book were awesome. 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 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!

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When Elspeth dies, she leaves her papers nifcenegger her boyfriend and her flat to her twin’s children, the twin sisters Julia and Valentina. Elspeth, the aunt of two young identical twins Julia and Valentinadies of leukemia, leaving them her apartment which is located beside Highgate cemetery in London. Those books are hard to come by. Again, Niffenegger’s theme is love. Perhaps this willy-nilly approach is considered artistic, but all I could think that it was just confused.