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Asta's Book Epub Ó 437 pages à Danpashley ã ❰PDF❯ ✪ Asta's Book Author Barbara Vine – Written by Ruth Rendell under the pen name of Barbara Vine the diary of a lonely Danish immigrant at the turn of the century became a bestseller in England Asta offers keen interest in life zest for Train with dialects but this is mitigated by her understanding of inner motivations Indeed it proves to be the personal uirks of the characters that both create and solve the mystery as denouement follows denouement to a surprising conclusion I was recently nudged toward this book by another Goodreader’s excellent review Apart from its rather complicated plots expanding outward through three generations of a Danish family between its transplantation to Britain shortly after 1900 and sometime around the 1980s or ’90s it is a book about writing retrospective interpretation of texts and turning words into books with nods toward the broader changing complexities of that enterprise which these days seems to have less to do with words on paper It may be most satisfying for those interested in writing and reading; for those who chiefly prefer snappy whodunits perhaps less soThe reader reads several decades of the diaries that constitute “Asta’s Book” salted as it later turns out with clues that at first are not read as clues in a grisly murder and in family mysteries that only emerge as mysteries for later generations Readers also read about Asta’s offspring re reading translating and editing Asta’s words for the wider literary world in which she becomes something of a phenomenon Asta’s children and grandchildren also begin to uestion what she might have been saying between the lines not to mention on half a dozen missing pages mysteriously ripped out of an early volume at a critical moment The temporal and generational shifts sometimes in mid chapter reuire paying than indolent attention to avoid confusion One may hear about certain events multiple times eg Mogen’s death as different generations of Asta’s family cover the same ground In some but not all cases this begins to make sense after the grisly murder intrudes on the plot about ¼ of the way through the book and comes to dominate much of the restVine’s research seems meticulous Thanks to Google Maps one could even follow family removals from one address to another and in some cases on walks from one significant location or crime scene to another Late Victorian interiors look right and the challenges of living in them in the days before modern conveniences sound convincing Sometimes Vine’s historical recreation is almost too good she includes for example a full “transcription” of a 50 page in the large print edition 1950s monograph in determinedly academic prose about the grisly murder and its prosecution in which no detail is too insignificant to be included Faced with that level of writerly “authenticity” I began reading only every other paragraphIt was not a book that I couldn’t put down which made sorting it all out a bit challenging But once the most careful readers from later generations of Asta’s family began to interpret and make sense of what Asta had been saying between the lines than half a century before it became engaging 35 rounded up

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Written by Ruth Rendell under the pen name of Barbara Vine the diary of a lonely Danish immigrant at the turn of the century became a bestseller in England Asta offers keen interest in life zest for storytelling and acerbic views of humanity 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 acc

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Asta's BookAs well as a mystery for subseuent generations to unravel Walter's considerable acting skills keep the long process moving As most of the central figures are female her very feminine voice presents few gender problems She occasionally shows s 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