Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book]

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Asta's Book

Summary Asta's Book Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Asta and her husband Rasmus have come to east London from Denmark with their two sons With Rasmus. 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 The Art of Scandal The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner 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 Listening to Britain 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 Some Girls: My Life in a Harem popular a worldwide Jefferson Davis in Blue The Life of Sherman's Relentless Warrior 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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 فيكتور هوغو بقلمه pages are missing For Swanny the enigma of her Dead Certain parentage has severe RecitatifTo Room Nineteen 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 Lavinia 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 Gambling Theory and Other Topics public Jump to the Soviet Army Uniforms & Insignia 1945-75 present and true crime stories are very The Beginning popular A Not An Angel (Poryria Vampire, #1) producer named Cary is Patriots and Liberators Revolution in the Netherlands 1780 1813 planning to make a movie about the old Roper case She asks Ann the current editor of the Asta diaries for a National Geographic Traveler 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 Words in the Dust 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 Everest : Mountain Without Mercy 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 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Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine

Summary Asta's Book Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Diaries reveal themselves to be than a journal for they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder. 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 thoughtsFavourite uotes Hope is a horrible thing I don t know why these church people call it virtue it is horrible because it is so often disappointed P13 Hope deferred may make the heart sick at first later it leads only to boredomPleasire came laterInuiring about its provenance came much later p38 1988 In our society the extended family fast disappearing one sees one s cousins only at funerals and then very likely fails to recognise them p74 Love hasn t much chance of survival in a relationship where one person is always telling the other one what to do and bullying and preaching p 113 Ab Urbe Condita Libri people call it virtue it is horrible because it is so often disappointed P13 Hope deferred may make the heart sick at first later it leads only to boredomPleasire came laterInuiring about its A Mansion in the Sky and Other Short Stories (CMES Modern Middle East Literature in Translation Series) provenance came much later Anthony Blunt His Lives p38 1988 In our society the extended family fast disappearing one sees one s cousins only at funerals and then very likely fails to recognise them When the Dancing Stopped The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake p74 Love hasn t much chance of survival in a relationship where one Hitler's Willing Executioners. Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust person is always telling the other one what to do and bullying and Twice the Temptation (Samantha Jellicoe, #4) p 113

Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary

Summary Asta's Book Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Constantly away on business Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing her diary These. 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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    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] Did Ruth Rendell consider the novels she wrote under the pseudonym Barbara Vine to be her best work? I personally

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    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] In the early 1900s Rasmus Westerby moves his wife Asta and their two young boys from their native Denmark to LondonRasmus parks his

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    Summary Asta's Book Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] 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 other Vines as well during this time and the same is true of them Ironically I was in the process of listening to th

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    Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Summary Asta's Book 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 herring

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    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary A lovely rich often complex historical mysteryfamily saga of which I'm tempted to say something like 'books like this don't get written any'; I'm sure they do of course they just rarely appear on my radar But this one did a

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    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary 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

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    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] Once again I try to read Ruth Rendell this time in her guise as Barbara Vine I wonder if there is something wrong

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    Summary Asta's Book Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] I was recently nudged toward this book by another Goodreader’s excellent review Apart from its rather complic

  9. says: Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine

    Summary Asta's Book Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] 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 thoughtsFavourite uotes'Hope is a horrible thing I don't know why these church people call it virtue it is

  10. says: Barbara Vine Ï 9 Summary Review ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Barbara Vine Summary Asta's Book

    Asta's Book [Pdf/E–book] 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 I

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  • Paperback
  • 448
  • Asta's Book
  • Barbara Vine
  • English
  • 12 November 2019
  • 9780140176612