E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine

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Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read Review  Asta's Book ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 dowry of 5000 kroner As it happens Asta is pregnant again characters in this book have no concept of birth control and is desperate to have a girl So when little Swanhild Swanny is born in 1905 Asta is thrilled A few years later another daughter Marie comes along and the family is complete Asta is a conventional and conservative woman of her time but she s well educated and loves to read especially Charles Dickens in Danish To assuage some of the loneliness Asta feels in the alien environs of England she keeps a diary In the journal Asta talks about many things daily activities thoughts feelings people children husband friends relatives servants neighbors acuaintances etc food clothes homes furniture ornaments parties gossip newspaper stories and so onanything that pops into her head Asta s diary entries spanning than sixty years are interspersed throughout the book which goes back and forth between past and presentAfter Asta s death in her eighties her oldest daughter Swanny finds the diaries Swanny has the first couple of volumes translated from Danish to English and publishes them as a sort of lark To Swanny s surprise the diaries become wildly popular a worldwide phenomenon In time additional volumes of the diary are published and Swanny as the editor becomes a celebrity in her own right There are meetings with publishers book signings public appearances photos in magazines and world travel After Swanny dies her niece Ann Marie s daughter a professional researcher takes over as editor of the remaining diaries As the story unfolds a couple of mysteries are revealed Swanny s conundrum When Asta is widowed she moves in with Swanny who has a rich successful husband and a lovely large house Asta loves to socialize and for her own 83rd birthday arranges a lavish chocolate party at Swanny s home On the day of the party Swanny receives an anonymous letter that says You are not your mother s child or your father s They got you from somewhere when their own one died Swanny who always knew her father didn t like her intuitively believes this She confronts her mother who or less admits Swanny is not her natural born child but refuses to say anything ever Swanny is devastated and haunted by this revelation and desperately tries to discover her origins When Swanny and then Ann get custody of the diaries they study them for clues to Swanny s origin but several vital pages are missing For Swanny the enigma of her parentage has severe psychological conseuencesThe Roper murder In her 1905 diary Asta briefly mentions that her maid Hansine has become acuainted with Florence the servant of a family called the Ropers Hansine asks permission to invite her new friend Florence to tea and Asta agrees Soon afterward Lizzie Roper is murdered and her toddler daughter Edith disappears Lizzie s husband Alfred Roper is accused of murdering his wife and the trial is avidly followed by the public Jump to the present and true crime stories are very popular A producer named Cary is planning to make a movie about the old Roper case She asks Ann the current editor of the Asta diaries for a peek at the yet unpublished diaries to see if the Ropers are mentioned again This leads to a loose collaboration between Cary and Ann as they look for information about the Roper affair Asta s Book is both a novel of psychological suspense and the story of Asta Westerby and her family Asta s story is uite compelling As Rasmus s fortunes rise and fall she goes from lower middle class to prosperity to struggling once again before moving in with Swanny I enjoyed the diary entries about Asta s fashionable clothes Danish foods blekage and kransekage household trappings love for Swanny crush on her driver and so on KransekageI also liked the description of the dollhouse Rasmus made for Ann called Padanaram This masterpiece took years to complete and was a faithful reproduction of the Westerby s posh home at the time I would have loved to have this dollhouse as a child LOLThe mystery portion of the story is also uite engaging I wanted to know about Swanny s heritage and was intrigued by the various theories proposed by different characters I was also eager to discover whether Alfred Roper was guilty or innocent of murdering his wife Asta s Book published in 1993 has the vibe of an old fashioned mystery It moves slowly and thoughtfully contains provocative red herrings and has no graphic violence except for one slit throat The book would appeal to a wide array of readers including fans of literary novels psychological suspense stories and traditional mysteries Highly recommendedYou can follow my review at

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Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read Review  Asta's Book ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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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Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read Review  Asta's Book ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB 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. 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 I just can t take to her writing in either personification In this case I could not like AstaAnna at all I found her best selling book not credible and she came across cold arrogant and cruel apart from the early part of the book where she simply seemed unhappy and a bit spitefulAnyway it hasn t changed my mind about the writing I find Rendell somehow uninvolving and cold and drizzly


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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine Review ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read Did Ruth Rendell consider the novels she wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine to be her best work? I personally think this is than likely Much missed by her many fans since her death in 2015 Ruth Rendell was a very prolific and highly regarded crime writer with over sixty books to her name She won many award

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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine 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 s

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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine 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

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    Free read Asta's Book E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read 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

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    Review ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine A lovely rich often complex historical mysteryfamily saga of which I'm tempted to say something like 'books like

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    Review ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read Free read Asta's Book 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 metic

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    Review ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ö 7 Free read E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine 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? I just can't take to her writing in either personification In this case I could not like AstaAnna at all I found her best selling book not credible and she came across cold arrogant and cruel apart from the ear

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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine Review ó eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Barbara Vine Free read Asta's Book 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 and sometime around the 1980s or ’90s it is a book about writing retrospective

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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine 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 thoug

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    E–pub/E–book [Asta's Book] ✓ Barbara Vine 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

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  • Asta's Book
  • Barbara Vine
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  • 03 November 2019
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