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Bellman and BlackDiane SetterfieldSetterfield's first book, Thir

Bellman and BlackDiane SetterfieldSetterfield's first book, Thirteenth Tale, was a wonderful story that I love and recommend but find hard to explain. With Bellman and Black,  she's done it again. The cover describes it as "a ghost story", but I'd have a hard ...
Bellman and BlackDiane SetterfieldSetterfield's first book, Thirteenth Tale, was a wonderful story that I love and recommend but find hard to explain. With Bellman and Black,  she's done it again. The cover describes it as "a ghost story", but I'd have a hard time explaining exactly who is haunting whom.William Bellman is a young man when his uncle takes him under his wing and begins grooming him to take over the family cloth mill. Thanks to skill, a little luck, and incredibly hard work, Bellman expands and eventually inherits the business. His personal life is likewise sucessful, until one day tragedy strikes. Mourning at the grave of his dearest loved one, Bellman meets a mysterious man named Black, who offers him an opportunity. Inspired, Bellman envisions a new business, which he names Bellman and Black. His business is successful beyond his wildest dreams- until one day, after years it suddenly isn't. On the downward slope from a peak of success, Bellman begins to wonder who exactly his invisible business partner is, and what kind of deal he has made.Rooks figure largely in this story (if there is any specific ghost, it is a rook.) Death is part of life in this story. Color and the many shades of black are also a focal point.Summed up, it Bellman and Blackdoesn't sound wildly compelling. Oh but it is! This is one of those books where the power of the story (and the beauty of the writing) is greater than the basic plot. Its true gothic Victorian-style horror- chilling exactly because so much is left implied. The descriptions of color, cloth and materials are especially lush. I lost myself thoroughly in the pages of description for Bellman's business.If you want a story that is compelling, frightening, and gorgeous all at once, pick upBellman and Black when it goes on sale this week. Maybe, in the end, its the story that haunts you....You might like: Tiger's Wife,Obrect. Bookman's Tale, Lovett.Thirteenth Tale, Setterfield.

posted by sams-kitten on November 8, 2013

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Dark Historical Fiction

Does one deserve all the good they receive in life? What would you pay for happiness; can you put a value on it? Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield explores this question in a haunting and intriguing way! We meet William Bellman as a child, who in a moment of less tha...
Does one deserve all the good they receive in life? What would you pay for happiness; can you put a value on it? Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield explores this question in a haunting and intriguing way! We meet William Bellman as a child, who in a moment of less than stellar thinking commits an act of cruelty resulting in the death of a black crow. Growing up, he becomes a man of integrity, a successful businessman with a loving family. When tragedy strikes his family and brings him to his knees, a mysterious figure enters his life. Mr. Black becomes his “partner” and we see him as a shadow-like figure, dark and ominous. Will this partnership be the ruin of William in the long run?

Diane Setterfield has created a stark tale, not quite Hitchcock, but still dark with a foreboding message within. The pace is not fast, it is to be savored and allowed to build within your mind as each scene unfolds into the next, clearly drawing the reader into William’s era in time. Ms. Setterfield kept Mr. Black in the dark, revealing little about him until the book begins to wind down, adding to the mystery. William was a good character, not overly fleshed out, but I lacked that “connection” I wanted with him.

There is no major build up to a climax, this isn’t that kind of book, it lends more to using your own imagination to create a Technicolor mood. The pace is slower, the attention to the detail of each scene is done with care as it crosses through the years in William’s life. I wanted to connect more than I did to this dark piece.

I received an advance review copy from Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on October 17, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Boring

    Hated this book

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    I have been reading novels for over 60 years and I think i have

    I have been reading novels for over 60 years and I think i have finally found it.  Bellman and Black is the stupidest book ever written.  Zero plot  and vapid characters.  She goes to great lenghts to describe every detail about the birds and the homes but when it comes toexplaining who Black is and what he has to do with this story, there is little to go on.  Just plain poor writing and construction. Do not buy this book.  David

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    I couldn't get into this book.  I loved the Thirteenth Tale, but

    I couldn't get into this book.  I loved the Thirteenth Tale, but this book just isn't good.  I spent 100 pages waiting for it to get good.  It feels like the author waits too long to introduce the real plot, so I have up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Depressing

    What did I summarize from this book: I wasted enough time reading/scanning story, that I will not repeat error writing a lengthy review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Boring, sorry Diane

    I wanted this to be a great book. However it was not. Endless discriptions of rooks and how to run a mill without even the most basic facts like the year. Characters introduced by name with the barest of discription, they died and I did not mourn them, and one may have been a rook. I am left unsure. Borrow this book from your library in case you feel as I do.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I agree with Anonymous, Posted November 7, 2013! Please post t

    I agree with Anonymous, Posted November 7, 2013! Please post the first chapter of THIS book!

    I loved The Thirteenth Tale. Really would like to see how Bellman and Black starts out :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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