On vacation in Paris some years back I found a book in the apartment and read the first chapter, I had always wanted to finish it but never managed to find it again until a few weeks ago. The side of the book somehow stood out from the bookshelves in the secondhand department. I was so excited to have found it again and started reading immediately. I promised there'd be a book review of the Thirteenth Tale and here it is!
Let's just start by saying I absolutely loved it! It had been a while since I truly devoured a book, but this one had me reading a hundred pages one morning in bed, because I simply couldn't resist.
The story is about a women who has grown up in her family's bookshop, she spent all her time reading and eventually writing a bit too. Then one day a letter arrives and she's invited to write a biography of the country's best selling author, who has never ever told the truth about her life before.
It's very mysterious and I like that as a reader the story unfolds simultaneously with the biographer-character. The fact that she has to fit some pieces together and has a storyline of her own made it more intricate and entertaining than it would have been if it where just the story of the famous and elderly writer.
There are lots of reverences to Jane Eyre and now I would really love to read it too, I'm a bit embarressed to say, but it's one of many classics I haven't read. Maybe I'll make up for it and read Charlotte Bronte's biography right after it too.