Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden

by Elizabeth Engstrom

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ISBN-13: 9780998846682
Publisher: IFD Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 588,567
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Lizzie Borden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about Lizzie Borden over the years. None were as interesting as this one. I literally could not stop reading, once I had started it. The author has given new life to historical characters, that had become old and dusty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Borden buff ever since learning about it from my father, when I was, yes, 4 years old. I was married at Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast museum, and have read just about everything imaginable about Lizzie. But this book is my favorite fiction Lizzie book. Once I picked up this book, I was unable to put in down. Dark and suspenseful, it was really different from any Lizzie book I have ever read before. And, I recommend this book to all Lizzie buffs because it is such an interesting and fun read. 5*****,
olleharr More than 1 year ago
What an interesting and thrilling way to weave facts into fiction. This story has so many twists and turns that I would have never thought of. The author did an amazing job breathing life and dimension into these characters. I had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just couldnt get past the part where she turns into a "ghost" to murder her parents. Just a tad far fetched for my tastes. I read the whole thing though.
shoop1 More than 1 year ago
I have always been interested in Lizzie Borden, and this book really let me into her life. I learned things about her that I never thought about. Anyone who wants a full disclosure of Lizzie Borden's life, and family should purchase this book. I definitley would buy other books by this author. Definitley a book for book discussions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book I've read. It provided a few days diversion, but not worth paying over $2.99 for.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing 9 hours ago
Using factual references regarding the infamous murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, Engstrom weaves a compelling and disturbing and unflattering portrait of the complicated and very dysfunctional lives of those living in the small, tinder- box, explosive house in Fall River Mass.Engstrom effectively builds the tension and heat leading up to the sweltering August day when lives were taken and freedom was gained..at a price.If you, like me, are captivated by this mystery, then I recommend this book. The writing is creative and in 2009 I'll read more by this author.
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STVessels More than 1 year ago
Both as literature and historical fiction this is an excellent novel. My knowledge of the history is limited; I can only say that, for me, the evocation of period and place was thoroughly convincing. For a tale destined to end in woe it is told with extraordinary compassion and sensitivity. Engstrom plays apologist for each member of the Borden household, including those with whom one might sympathize least, letting circumstances be seen through each of their eyes so that they all can be understood. She portrays their interior lives and motivations with meticulous and penetrating clarity. A couple of reviewers have suggested that the protagonist’s sexual orientation is the foremost revelation of the story. It struck me as more of a surface matter. Engstrom’s Lizzie has affairs with women, yes. (From what peripheral reading I’ve done that doesn’t seem much of a leap.) Is that the result of nature or nurture? It’s irrelevant. The underlying issue is how love and affection can become cancerous when bound to fear, obligation, and social expectation. Engstrom’s Lizzie is repressed in many ways, not just one. Load repression of personal freedom onto repression of individuality onto repression of potential onto repression of sexuality, sensuality, what have you, not just in that order but in multiple overlapping layers, one may as well park oneself on a bomb. That’s the portrait painted here, not only of one person but of a family dynamic. Engstrom illustrates, without resorting to heavy-handed gestures, how such a dynamic might evolve. Her examination is itself layered, tracing her protagonist’s psychological, emotional, sensual and spiritual development. In the latter respect she introduces an element of metaphysical chicanery that I found wonderfully effective: Lizzie is given a book, by a friend, that contains teachings reminiscent of Theosophy. What results demonstrates how playing with one’s mind can be a perilous business, particularly if one’s mind is under great strain. Engstrom’s Lizzie Borden has distinguished literary sisters. Charles Dickens’ Honoria Dedlock, Edith Wharton’s Lily Bart and Kate Chopin’s Edna Pontellier come readily to mind. One might nominate Victor Hugo’s Fantine, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Hardy’s Tess as first or second cousins. Unlike these relatives, Lizzie survives her ordeal with oppressive circumstances in a male-dominated society. Engstrom gives us much to reflect on in that distinction. What, for instance, constitutes self-defense? What circumstances justify and/or require it? Such questions are not posed outright, but rise, ghost-like, from the margins of the tale. But this is not a pretentious or ponderous novel. It read like the wind, drawing me along relentlessly, even against my will. A beautiful and insightful work of art. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was way too slow. And a liyylr far fetched for the story. I was so far into the book i had to finish the story, though i would have gladly put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!!
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This book I did put down. I did not know about the family but the reviews were good. This book was too slow and the best part of the book the author did not spend enough time on it. Not my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very riveting. I do plan to continue to read more on this subject. I recommend it highly.
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lizzie borden took an axe, went to her mother and gave her 40 wacks, and when she realized what she had done, she went to her father and gave him 41