Thursday, March 3, 2011

Review: The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

Published September 3rd 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 2005)
Paperback, 228 pages
sbn: 0747589364
Source: This was a gift from a friend
You can also buy it at Bookdepository for $11.57

"Following the enormous success of 2004 bestseller and critics' favorite Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke delivers a delicious collection of ten stories set in the same fairy-crossed world of 19th-century England. With Clarke's characteristic historical detail and diction, these dark, enchanting tales unfold in a slightly distorted version of our own world, where people are bedeviled by mischievous interventions from the fairies. 

With appearances from beloved characters from her novel, including Jonathan Strange and Childermass, and an entirely new spin on certain historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, this is a must-have for fans of Susanna Clarke and an enticing introduction to her work for new readers. Some of these stories have never before been published; others have appeared in the New York Times or in highly regarded anthologies."



This collection of Fairy Tales was quite a treat! Each one was so different yet pleasing. I went on several adventures in this novel and felt like each one was told at exactly the right length to keep one entertained with just the right amount of leaving you wanting more.

One of these fascinating stories is a retelling of Rumplestilskin and one of the stories is set in Neil Gaiman's town of Wall!

Brilliantly written in a period style these stories will tickle you leave and you enchanted!

"Magic, madam, is like wine and, if you are not used to it, it will make you drunk."
Susanna Clarke (The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories)

"The governess was not much liked in the village. She was too tall, too fond of books, too grave, and, a curious thing, never smiled unless there was something to smile at."
Susanna Clarke (The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories)



Audra said...

Need this book, now! The cover is gorgeous, too -- I love the typography and the sort of block-print feel -- the whole package is so appealing!

Niecole said...

Hey Lu! Glad you liked it, now I just have to read it... Audra, I picked out the book especially for the cover, fell in love with it!

Thanks for the great review Lu!

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