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View all 50 comments. Crossposted at Booklikes. This book is the offspring of the Brontes, Cinderella, and the work of H. A good dose of Rebecca is added to the mix. It is a very gothic novel. Perfectly suited to Masterpiece. It is a very frustrating book. Helga is a child of mysterious circumstances and eventually finds herself married to her childhood love, Daniel, who despite his family history seems to be the brother of Heathcliff.
He is a fairy tale beast who seems destined to stay a beast in Crossposted at Booklikes. He is a fairy tale beast who seems destined to stay a beast in nature if not in looks. The writing style is gripping; the characters not so much. It is the atmosphere that sells this novel — not the plot or the characters.
The book has an amazing opening, the prolog set-up a fabulous tone, the settings gosh the use of the mist! I adore the fairytale theme s , and how the story takes the basic fairytale ideals and turns them on their head. I mean I can't resist books having to do with tales or fairytales, let alone one with a dream laden main character, fun twists and a slightly darker undertone. Oh and the book is an easy read, so fun, short and insightful without being heavy handed.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. House of Mist is a well written Gothic novel, and I enjoyed it until the second half. Unfortunately, it is another book where a put upon waif falls in love with a dark, brooding, and psychological abusive man. Daniel, the love interest, blackmails his sister, but it is excused because she an adulterer.
He gaslights the heroine, which is presented as heroic and loving. This is a well-written book, and a nice example of the genre - the genre being early twentieth century romance, with a touch of mystery.
And many of the descriptions of the landscape and such are very beautifully done. However, it's essentially a retelling of the Cinderella story, with a smothering dosage of gas-lighting. By the time I got to the end - it's not a long book - I was glad it was over; it left me feeling sick inside. Too much of this kind of romanticized female martyrdom has been lo This is a well-written book, and a nice example of the genre - the genre being early twentieth century romance, with a touch of mystery.
Too much of this kind of romanticized female martyrdom has been lovingly enshrined in breathless books. House of Mist and novels of its ilk are a form of sickly-sweet poison, lingering from an earlier era that we would all profit from leaving behind us.
I'm ambivalent about this Bronte-like transition toward Magic Realism. The verbatim recall to tie the plot together strains belief and everything's a little too convenient, but it's an interesting moment in literature's transition phase.
I enjoyed it very much. It does have the magical realism feel that I often enjoy reading. I don't think I've had more fun while reading a book. This was the best Telenovela novel that I've come across. I read aloud many of the pages because I was really getting into it. I recently read Mrs Dalloway and it has a similar theme but I truly prefer House of mist.
Early example of magical realism - greatly influenced by Kafka's ability to integrate the common everyday with the awesome and unreal. Feminocentric themes focusing on how women in patriarchal society can assert power - questions of mental health, perspective, oppression, and power. May 14, Amparo Garcia rated it it was amazing. A really fun short story, I was very intrigued with the plot and characters.
Loved it, really recommend it. Would not classify this as mystical realism or feminist. Sep 07, Brandon Douglas rated it liked it. Beautifully written, deeply troubled and sad. I will not read this again, but the language was marvelous. Apr 28, Josefina rated it liked it. Frustrating characters - I didn't know whether I wanted to punch Daniel in the face or fall in love with him.
Read this for a class about Latin American culture, and it was interesting reading about magic realism and seeing the cultural hierarchies in play in this story. If I didn't take this class, I don't think I would have appreciated this story very much. Definitely try to educate yourself on 20th century Latin American culture in terms of gender roles and societal n 4.
Definitely try to educate yourself on 20th century Latin American culture in terms of gender roles and societal norms before reading this - it's a great reflection and meaningful analyzation of the oppressed voice of women. The ending was super suspenseful.
It felt like the first half of the book was kind of slow. But the last few chapters definitely made up for it! One of the most fun readings I have ever had for a class. Basically a gothic romance novel, with enough elements of the uncanny to warrant the book jacket's mention of magical realism. The plot will be familiar to anyone who knows Jane Eyre or Rebecca: our heroine, a mousy orphan, grows up loving a man who is consumed by the memory of another.
In an odd twist of fate, she ends up marrying said man but is unable to gain his affection. Confused — should she be happy at her fate or bitter because despite everything, her husband does not love her? Things change abruptly when a magnanimous sister in law arrives and sets in motion a chain of events that puts the heroine's memory and desire to the test.
The book isn't terribly memorable, but deserves a few stars at least for the lush, beautiful writing. I've been rationing my books out, trying to survive my last five weeks without bookstores. Instead I read this in a single afternoon. Which isn't to say it's fantastic, but rather that it is absorbing and fun and well written with simple language. It also is going to be compared to other magical realism of South America, to which I'm going to say that this is an introspective tale.
It isn't going to be about politics or realities of Chilean life. It is going to be a mystery and a romance and is I've been rationing my books out, trying to survive my last five weeks without bookstores. It is going to be a mystery and a romance and is probably not going to make you stop and think. But you'll enjoy it anyways, and probably wish it had been taught in literature classes instead of Jane Eyre if I'm going to read about a girl who falls in love with a jerk guy, I'd rather the language and atmosphere of Bombal.
Oct 22, Adelaide rated it really liked it. I didn't know I was getting a collection of short stories until my "novel" abruptly ended.
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