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The Essex Serpent af Perry Sarah
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The Essex Serpent (original 2016; udgave 2016)

af Perry Sarah (Forfatter)

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I 1893 ankommer den unge enke Cora til landsbyen Aldwinter i Essex, hvor folk lever i skræk for et søuhyre. Den lokale præst udfordrer hendes natursyn og stærke følelser opstår.
Medlem:PenKease
Titel:The Essex Serpent
Forfattere:Perry Sarah (Forfatter)
Info:Serpent's Tail (2016)
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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The Essex Serpent af Sarah Perry (2016)

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    wandering_star: Something about the writing style of The Clocks In This House... really reminded me of The Essex Serpent, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then I saw a tweet from Sarah Perry saying how much she enjoyed The Clocks In This House... - so there must have been something to it!… (mere)
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Beautifully written, a joy to read, but the story rambled, went on unexplained side trips and petered out. There was some interesting tension building between science and religion, belief and proof, progress and conservationism but it was abandoned. ( )
  Richard_Cro | Feb 22, 2024 |
The beginning was intriguing but then the story went to a weird place. After the focus shifted to a mythical creature and a love triangle, I started losing interest. I was hoping more of the story was going to focus on Cora Seaborne's interest in science and quest for independence during the Victorian era. ( )
  Ann_R | Feb 7, 2024 |
Quite beautiful writing. Evocative. Rebuilding the whole Victorian world for me without seeming precious. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book...but did not love it. I thought Melmoth was a more complete outing.
Sarah Perry knows how to tell a story. The reader can smell this book. The geography...The sea, the marsh and the salted folks who live upon the land are VIVID. The plot of this book seems simple. In the end there is much more than meets the eye. A young widow and her son relocate from a bustling 19th century English city find themselves suddenly in the laid back marsh country of less than rural England. The inhabitants are colorful and memorable. While reading this story the reader might expect a slightly different and predictable ending. Well Perry is not going to let that happen. What happens is normal...at times too normal but The Essex Serpent is a novel of the heart and what makes it beat. While the stark realization that we can follow it and go one way but also choose to make careful steps and deviate from it allows us to still be content with our choices. ( )
  JHemlock | Jan 22, 2024 |
This wasn't a perfect novel, but it more-or-less lived up to its gorgeous William Morris cover.

The Essex Serpent is a loving homage to nineteenth-century literature. It follows Cora Seaborne, a woman reclaiming her independence after the death of an abusive husband. Cora wants freedom, but people keep falling in love with her (she's one of those characters). The characters wrestle with their own ambivalent hearts, and with the coming of a modernity which threatens to overthrow their clockwork Victorian universe. Oh, and maybe there's a giant sea monster? (But just to be clear, this is not genre fiction, and comparisons on the dust jacket to Susanna Clarke are wholly misleading.)

I quite liked the writing, which does a remarkable job evoking its source material without becoming too enamored of itself. The prose is clean, accessible, and quite beautiful - and if some of the symbolism is a bit on the nose, well, Thomas Hardy started it. The setting is masterfully rendered; you can practically smell the Blackwater estuary. I especially enjoyed the moments of horror, which are not so much gothic as surreal, as if our cozy historical novel has suddenly become a trippy 70s art film.

The characters are a likable bunch, although I wanted more time with some of them (seriously, give me an entire novel about Martha) while I felt that others were over-explicated by the standards of literary fiction. Over-explication is both a feature and bug of this novel - the plot is loose-jointed and organic, but it's also surprisingly tidy, with fewer loose ends than I would have expected from a story that deals with the ineffability of the universe and the human heart.

What this novel isn't is a Victorian tragedy - no maidens symbolizing rural England are sacrificed on hilltops, and even drownings in the chilly Blackwater are few and far between. Occasionally I suspected Perry of liking her characters too much to wholly disturb their universes. But I liked them too, and there are worse faults in a novel.
1 stem raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
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Volatility infects the politics of the novel: the narrative, moving restlessly between the city and the marshes, concerns itself increasingly with “the problem of London”, the relationship between governance, business and poverty summed up in slum renting, slum life – the endless, insoluble matter of how privilege can be persuaded to act outside its own interests, or even see beyond its own limits. In the tenement dwellers of Bethnal Green, Charles Ambrose – otherwise, we are led to believe, a decent man – sees “not equals separated from him only by luck and circumstance, but creatures born ill-equipped to survive the evolutionary race”. From this distance it seems impossible to give him the benefit of the doubt. Perry extends her considerable generosity not just to her characters but to the whole late Victorian period, with its fears for the present and curious faith in the future;
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I 1893 ankommer den unge enke Cora til landsbyen Aldwinter i Essex, hvor folk lever i skræk for et søuhyre. Den lokale præst udfordrer hendes natursyn og stærke følelser opstår.

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