Friday, January 21, 2011

her fearful symmetry.

I read a book famously known as it made its way to being made a film, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. And I really enjoyed it; so much that I decided to give her second book, Her Fearful Symmetry a try.

Remember this post?

Well, right now I can blissfully say I've just finished reading the book. (I don't usually take that long to finish a book, but FYP had been tormenting me lately that I have to prioritize)

And once again, Audrey Niffenegger had me.

From Instagram app - Been using phone apps to transfer photos from phone to computer because I'm just too lazy to use the traditional-USB-cable way.

"The endurance of love animates this gothic story set in and around Highgate Cemetery, in London. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her estate, including an apartment overlooking the graveyard, to the twin daughters of her twin sister, from whom she has been estranged for twenty years. When Valentina and Julia show up to claim their inheritance, they soon discover that Elspeth is still in residence, in ghostly form. Niffenegger’s writing can be wearyingly overblown, but she has a knack for taking the romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secrets to be found in Elspeth’s diaries and the lengths to which she will go to reunite with her younger lover. It’s no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected." - The New Yorker


I can safely say, now that I've read the book, I don't ever want a twin sibling anymore.

This book primarily describes what it would be like to have a twin, and as much as I've always thought it'd be fun, it is actually scary. Personality is all that matters; once you lost that you can never get it back. I finally understood why my twin friends always seem to be the opposite of each other all the time.

I am thoroughly in love with this book! Audrey's writing is superb, this book basically proves that The Time Traveler's Wife wasn't a fluke. She's got style, baby. I like how she puts element of suspense on every corner and still got me going (I don't like mystery books, hence you'll never see me holding a Sidney Sheldon book).

It's refreshing to read such a different book from usual; I think this book is just what I need to escape from reality (lab, FYP, lab, FYP) these days.

The one thing I realized, though - is how she likes to play with death scenarios, just like her previous book. Of course, it's only fictional so you ought to have a very good imagination skills to adapt with her.

Am not going to say any more since some of you might yet read the book, so go and have the read of your life. It might start a bit slow, though (if you haven't read for a while, like me).

Next book.



I remember buying this book at my uni's coop during my second year here - just for the sake of getting more points on my student card.

I'm such a geek.

3 comments:

  1. Sigh, being an Archi student mmg susah nak spend time reading novels or magazines and I miss all of thatttttttttt, okay jealous esok juga beli buku banyak2 ! HAHA

    Nanti sila bagi review on the Tiffany's please ?

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  2. I love Breakfast of Tiffany's, but I've never read the book. Now that I see it, I want to read it!

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  3. @uted : I know, I've to allocate some time between dinner and sleep cause there's NO EXTRA time to read! can't wait for this final year to be over..sigh.

    OK insyaAllah :)) good book, so far. seriously.

    @jenkakio.com : you've seen the movie? I loved the movie! and Audrey Hepburn :) I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I find it hard to even put it down..so that's a good sign :)

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