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As well as a mystery for subseuent generations to unravel Walter's considerable acting skills keep the long process moving As most of the central figures are female her very feminine voice presents few gender problems She occasionally shows s. This is one of those rare gems of a book that I literally could not put down Ever tried washing dishes with one hand so you could hold a book with your other hand It s messy but it can workRuth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine is one of the most masterful storytellers of contemporary times This novel is so carefully plotted so meticulously and dare I say perfectly crafted that the sheer magnitude of what it must have taken Rendell to work out every small piece of the puzzle is just amazing And Rendell s other strong suit is her uncanny insight into the psychology of her characters They may not all be likeable but at least we understand their motivationsThis was a uick read for me but the story unfolded slowly I was not immediately riveted by the first chapter interested yes but the pacing I thought was a bit slow There were passages I at first dismissed as irrelevant but boy was I wrong I should know by now that nothing in a Ruth Rendell novel is irrelevant Every word is weighted Every word countsAlso there are a lot of characters to keep straight and several times I had to flip back through already read pages to remind myself of who was who However by the surprising and satisfying final chapter I understood and appreciated why each of these many characters was included and was awed by how each one no matter how minor was nothing less than essential to the storyOf the story itself I ll say little other than it contains lost then found diaries a disappeared child a murdered woman and the narrative alternates between turn of the century England and modern England When I read the last line earlier this evening I closed the book then closed my eyes exhaled and experienced my favorite part of ending a great book that moment of silence after the last word is read that moment when the complete story settles in And then the wishing that I could read it again for the first time

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Train with dialects but this is mitigated by her understanding of inner motivations Indeed it proves to be the personal uirks of the characters that both create and solve the mystery as denouement follows denouement to a surprising conclusion. Terribly boring and awfully hard work for a rather anticlimatic ending Too much bleak social commentary and not enough story which is fine but not on the fiction and entertainment shelves Redeemed by some interesting thoughtsFavourite uotes Hope is a horrible thing I don t know why these church people call it virtue it is horrible because it is so often disappointed P13 Hope deferred may make the heart sick at first later it leads only to boredomPleasire came laterInuiring about its provenance came much later p38 1988 In our society the extended family fast disappearing one sees one s cousins only at funerals and then very likely fails to recognise them p74 Love hasn t much chance of survival in a relationship where one person is always telling the other one what to do and bullying and preaching p 113

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Written by Ruth Rendell under the pen name of Barbara Vine the diary of a lonely Danish immigrant at the turn of the century became a bestseller in England Asta offers keen interest in life zest for storytelling and acerbic views of humanity. 71415 I ve listened to this several times over the past few months on audio superbly performed by Harriet Walter As many times as I ve read the book I m still hearing new sentences it seems I ve listened to several other Vines as well during this time and the same is true of them Ironically I was in the process of listening to this when Ruth Rendell was felled by a stroke in January and another Vine when she died in May72413 It s always interesting to get other readers take on a book it s almost as thought they read a different book Ironically some of the things others had a problem with are the very things that so impress me about this book102909 approximate This is my favorite novel by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine and at this point just about my favorite novel period I recently finished reading it for the eleventh time I much prefer the book s British title ASTA S BOOK for a character s name definitely influences how you envision themA famous diary that may provide clues to a brutal murder a present day narrative by the diarist s grand daughter and a trial transcript from these elements Rendell weaves together a spellbinding narrative about the search for identity In doing so she creates a world and characters that I hate to leave behind as she also does in A DARK ADAPTED EYE A FATAL INVERSION THE HOUSE OF STAIRS and THE BRIMSTONE WEDDING which is why I ve re read these books so many times It s also a very interesting look at the relationships between women mothers and daughters sisters aunts and nieces70510 Time for my annual re reading 112110 I took it very very slowly savoring a few pages most nights before bed after I d put aside whatever my current main book was Was this the 12th or 13th reading or the 14th I can t honestly say But I still turned the pages as eagerly as I did the first time120811 Just finished re reading my favorite book by my favorite author I ve had a bad case of reader s block for the past 2 months only managed 2 books apiece in October and November I hoped that re reading ASTA S BOOK would help me out of the reading doldrums I resisted temptation a couple of weeks ago only reading the opening page but last week decided Oh well what the heck And I did get lost in its spell once again120312 Just as good the 15th time And a welcome relief from some of the gloomy stuff I d been trying to read


10 thoughts on “Asta's Book

  1. says:

    Did Ruth Rendell consider the novels she wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine to be her best work? I personally think this

  2. says:

    In the early 1900s Rasmus Westerby moves his wife Asta and their two young boys from their native Denmark to LondonRasmus parks his family in the middling neighborhood of Hackney and leaves for long stretches of time trying to become a business success For her part Asta doesn't like Hackney disdains English people has little interest in her sons and has no love for her husband who she thinks only married her for the dowr

  3. says:

    71415 I've listened to this several times over the past few months on audio superbly performed by Harriet Walter As many times as I've read the book I'm still hearing new sentences it seems I've listened to several other Vines as well during this time and the same is true of them Ironically I was in the process of listening to this when Ruth Rendell was felled by a stroke in January and another Vine when she died in May72413 It's

  4. says:

    While this book does have the clever plotting twists and turns I've come to expect of a Barbara Vine title somehow it just didn't have the same force for me Perhaps it seemed to go on too long to have too many red herrings Yes I did enjoy the unwinding of the diary and current day story but it all seemed just too much st

  5. says:

    A lovely rich often complex historical mysteryfamily saga of which I'm tempted to say something like 'books like this don't get written any'; I'm sure they do of course they just rarely appear on my radar But this one did and for that I am thankful it's a cosy book something to abandon yourself to and written with the same impeccable elega

  6. says:

    This is one of those rare gems of a book that I literally could not put down Ever tried washing dishes with one hand so you

  7. says:

    Once again I try to read Ruth Rendell this time in her guise as Barbara Vine I wonder if there is something wrong with me?

  8. says:

    I was recently nudged toward this book by another Goodreader’s excellent review Apart from its rather complicated plots expanding outward through three generations of a Danish family between its transplantation to Britain shortly after 1900

  9. says:

    Terribly boring and awfully hard work for a rather anticlimatic ending Too much bleak social commentary and not enough story which is fine but

  10. says:

    Asta's book is classic Barbara Vine and I loved it almost as much as No Night is Too Long and A Dark Adapted Eye I just feel compelled to ask why on earth was Asta's name changed ??? And was some one employed to go through the whole book editing the change ? Or did American readers open the first page and then find out the name wa