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Bellman & Black As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforseen and terrible consequences The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man blessed by fortuneUntil tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre businessAnd Bellman Black is born I d have to say it s rather difficult to describe my emotional state after finishing BELLMAN on the other, it did have ghostly elements, but when I picture a ghost story, this isn t exactly what I have in mind It sof a literary ghost story where you realize the ghosts are there, but they h I d have to say it s rather difficult to describe my emotional state after finishing BELLMAN BLACK A GHOST STORY On the one hand, this was a well written, slowly developing story that caused me to contemplate the consequences of all my actions, not just the major, life changing experiences on the other, it did have ghostly elements, but when I picture a ghost story, this isn t exactly what I have in mind It sof a literary ghost story where you realize the ghosts are there, but they hover above the playing field and never really step out onto the grass It also develops this phrase in narrative form Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it Which proves an interesting expression to ponder for a novel, but I never felt like I was fully invested in this tale.The dialogue proved a bit pretentious for me with many characters never really becoming enad with contractions While William Bellman was certainly an interesting and intriguing character, he never grabbed my attention the way I hoped he would He was stiff and aloof andthan a tad bit prickly, rigid, and distant And the pace often proved a bit too leisurely for my tastes It wasof a meandering jaunt in a field of lilies than a race in an open field But the writing often sung a soprano solo in the middle of December, I just found myself only half listening.In the end, I wanted to enjoy this story, and even though I tried a bit too hard at times to do so, ultimately I just wasn t the right audience Since I received THE THIRTEENTH TALE in my Bouchercon book bag, I ll take it for a spin on the merry go round, but I ll do so with a bitcareful consideration I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads If you loved The Thirteenth Tale, as I did, Bellman and Black will feel like it wasn t even written by the same author I stayed with it through page 161 That s over half the book, so I gave it a fair shot, and wayof my time than it deserved What is the stinking point of the story Nothing happens A lot of people die, but Setterfield doesn t make you care about them If you want to read a boring novel about the textile industry, this is exactly the book you ve been waiting for. In the few minutes since the boys had left the place, rooks had come They circled above the oak, fifteen or twenty of them More were arriving from all directions They stretched across the sky, loose skeins of dark marks, converging on this place One by one they descended to alight in the branches of the tree Ordinarily such a congregation would be accompanied by the noise of strong chatter as the birds flung sound at each other like gravel This gathering was different it took place iIn the few minutes since the boys had left the place, rooks had come They circled above the oak, fifteen or twenty of them More were arriving from all directions They stretched across the sky, loose skeins of dark marks, converging on this place One by one they descended to alight in the branches of the tree Ordinarily such a congregation would be accompanied by the noise of strong chatter as the birds flung sound at each other like gravel This gathering was different it took place in intent and purposeful silence Every bird on every branch was looking at his direction First things first This novel is the very definition, the epitome of the Victorian Gothic story It is the child of a contemporary Dickens, a dark masterpiece by one of the finest writers of our times Diane Setterfield has a knack for the haunting, the mysterious Bellman Black is a book that requires you to think and try to explain It doesn t give you tailor made answers It demands to be read with an open mind, to accept the impossible and investigate That s what brains are for, anyway William Bellman is an intelligent, hard working young man with a bright future ahead of him He has been blessed with perception and immense organizing skills and with a beautiful family But soon, Fate strikes and strikes again A black clad man seems to follow him in the darkest moments and William becomes convinced that a bargain should be made This is how Bellman Black, a truly macabre and fascinating endeavour, is created But William cannot understand that the past is a prison no one can escapeThey used to put the dead out on stone platforms for their bones to be picked clean by the rooks Did you know that Long time ago Before our crosses and spires and prayer books In my opinion, this is the darkest book by Diane Setterfield I ve read and adored all three, each one so different and so complex but they all have one thing in common a sharply accurate perception of the human soul and the external forces that shape and define a great number of the choices we make In Bellman Black, the themes are many, all profound and relevant Death is our greatest fear, whoever states the opposite is a lying fool who thinks we re idiots William starts seeing and breathing Death and decides to exorcise it by setting up an enterprise of mourning and ceremonies He wants to honour it by providing the very best of services in an attempt to rescue the only treasure that matters His child And then, his aim becomes an obsession Where are the boundaries if there are any, that is Where does one begin to understand that he is actually a victim of a strange desire On the other hand, how can a human being, even one as gifted as William, battle against forces that are so much stronger than us What about the past How can a good life that aims in helping others atone for an act of violence How can we escape the whims of Fate that haunts our steps Can there be a second chance to make up for the horrible fault of a child We often talk about revenge against each other What can we do when Nature is set on taking revenge against us These are only a few of the questions that this book poses on the reader And if we read books, we do so because we want to think and question If we approach books as we approach the items in a supermarket, then novels like this are not for usThe tree still stands Even now you can go and see it yes, right now, in your time but you will not see a single rook alight in its branches They still know what happened Rooks are made of thought and memory They know everything and they do not forget Setterfield creates a foreboding atmosphere, honouring the vast British tradition of Gothic Literature and elevating it to new standards Visions, nightmares Churches and graveyards And the crows, the rooks, the ravens are always at the heart of the action They define the course of the characters They observe And they punish There are chapters with outstanding trivia on crows, with Huginn and Munnin, Odin s spies, as the sovereigns of the species that is greatly loved and feared in British culture Apart from the natural or supernatural world, the writer takes us into the secrets of the textile industry with brilliant information on the craft of the colours and the life inside the workshops of the Victorian era And, obviously, our next stop is the industry of Death, the business of mourning, from the organizing of a burial to the fashion and the window display reserved for those who stay behind Waiting for their turn In outstanding prose, beautiful dialogue, shuttering imagery and in the company of a very memorable main character, Setterfield creates a dark tale, a Death fairy tale of the fears, misfortunes, and choices that set our course in life How much of it is our own doing How many of our choices are actually dictated by a severe hand of a power we cannot defeat Read this Gothic work of Art and draw your own conclusionsAll stories must come to an end This one Everyone s Your own The rook is a great lover of stories He has been harvesting them for as long as there have been stories to harvest, which means for as long as there have been gods and men and rooks And he has a good long memory for them My reviews can also be found on After reading Once Upon a River, I decided to check other novels by Diane Setterfield Bellman Black is did not disappoint me with its Gothic atmosphere and beautiful writing style I somehow enjoyed the first part of the novel , probably because it is so very much Victorian and I am not that much into horrors, however part two with its creepiness and the black colour omnipresent did give me some shiversI believe Diane Setterfield is one of those authors whose every next book is bette After reading Once Upon a River, I decided to check other novels by Diane Setterfield Bellman Black is did not disappoint me with its Gothic atmosphere and beautiful writing style I somehow enjoyed the first part of the novel , probably because it is so very much Victorian and I am not that much into horrors, however part two with its creepiness and the black colour omnipresent did give me some shiversI believe Diane Setterfield is one of those authors whose every next book is better than the previous one

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