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Bellman & Black: A Novel (udgave 2013)

af Diane Setterfield (Forfatter)

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Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black.
Medlem:Etosha_Taylor
Titel:Bellman & Black: A Novel
Forfattere:Diane Setterfield (Forfatter)
Info:Atria/Emily Bestler Books (2013), Edition: 1st, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:already read

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Bellman & Black af Diane Setterfield

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The cover and the blurb on the inside flap intrigued me to by this book. It had the sound of an unusual mystery. It turned out to not be what I expected, but it was an interesting read.

The story is of William Bellman and his life. An event from his childhood had a bearing on his life, but he didn’t know it.

Bellman was a hard worker who applied himself to anything he took on. This helped him to be successful in almost anything his whole life; personal and business.

He came from a low class level, but got a chance for a good job. Hard work, dedication and being a good learner took him to becoming the owner of the business.

He met a girl and was immediately taken with her and she with him A successful and happy marriage and family was the result, but an epidemic took all but one daughter.

During this down period he met a strange man dressed in black. Life was at a low point for Bellman, but after a conversation with the man, Bellman’s life took an upswing. It appears two have struck a bargain.

Over time, Bellman’s success is incredible but there is something in the back of his mind. He can’t quite remember any details of the conversations. There is nothing in writing regarding any contract.

The story is told in two voices; the narrator and a rook. The rook tells of life in the rook world — current and past. These are short, standalone sections. Some is history or legends and etymology These sections do tie into the story. The main theme is about thought and memory. How things in the past can have bearing on one later in life. How memory can be a factor in remembering these events and how they affect life.

A very interesting read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | May 29, 2021 |
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This is one of those books where you feel vaguely unsettled the entire book and when it is over, you sit there for a minute and think, am I interpreting the ending correctly? Am I interpreting anything correctly? [a:Diane Setterfield|22665|Diane Setterfield|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1255913779p2/22665.jpg]'s sophomore book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat but I'm left with so many questions causing me to wonder if I missed something or if the book is really left open to as much interpretation as I'm doing. It's definitely worth the read, even if it's just to tell me I'm crazy and the ending is clear and I have no clue what I'm talking about. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Best novel I have read in a time. Just don't go in expecting a particularly spooky ghost / horror story. ( )
  robert_goss | Apr 19, 2021 |
Bellman and Black captured me from the first word. I had expectations of unfurling a mystery like the author's previous book the "Thirteenth Tale." However, this book and the characters went nowhere, achieved nothing, and did not branch out. What you got was a well written piece of prose about death and how it is inevitable. I liked how well written this book was but there was no excitement to be found for me in reading it. I felt as if the author explained too much about the running of a retail business and left no room for introspection on the part of the reader. After reading this book I'm still wondering about actions and consequences. ( )
  Etosha_Taylor | Apr 12, 2021 |
Aren't folktales supposed to be short? Diane Setterfield's “Bellman & Black” (2013) may not be a long novel, but it is still a novel, yet it has the flavor of a folktale. It should begin with, "Once upon a time ..." It all seems like too much for too little.

As a boy William Bellman kills a rook with a catapult. Rooks, Setterfield tells us, never forget such things, and they will eventually get their justice.

Bellman grows up to become an uncommonly successful businessman, first in the textile business and then in the funeral business. Like Midas, everything he touches turns to gold, even though he no longer has any use for that gold after most of his family dies in a fever plague. He lives in his office, working practically around the clock. His surviving daughter gives up expecting him to visit.

The story takes place in England during a time when formal mourning lasted a year or more, funerals were lavish, and the sale of black garments, flowers and other accessories was big business. Bellman succeeds not just because of his timing and his bard work, but also because of a mysterious Mr. Black, who seems somehow responsible for Bellman's one surviving family member. Bellman makes Black a partner, even though he doesn't know why or who Mr. Black is or even if that is really his name. He seems to run into the man only when a death occurs. So is Mr. Black the Devil, Death itself or perhaps a human representation of those rooks that never forget?

“Bellman & Black” may disappoint readers who enjoyed Setterfield's first novel, “The Thirteenth Tale.” It just reads like a swollen short story. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Dec 3, 2020 |
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For my parents Pauline and Jeffrey Setterfield who, amongst other things, taught me everything I needed to know about catapults.
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