Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“And now, dear reader, the story is over. It is time for you to cross the bridge once more and return to the world you came from. This river, which is and is not the Thames, must continue flowing without you. You have haunted here long enough, and besides, you surely have rivers of your own to attend to?”
“There are stories that may be told aloud, and stories that must be told in whispers, and there are stories that are never told at all.”
Wow. Just wow. A story about stories. I just added this to my list of all-time favorite books. First of all, the writing is absolutely exquisite. There is nothing like the writing of Diane Setterfield. I read The Thirteenth Tale years ago and fell in love with her beautiful prose. In this book, you will get swept away by the magic, mysticism, stories, and folklore. The characters are a quirky, colorful, and well-developed crew. Universal themes of love, bereavement, family, fertility, storytelling, and righting what is wrong draw you in and keep you there. You will wander the fine line between reality and myth over and over. The plot is slow and sweet, you will want to savor every last word. Most importantly, it is just a beautiful story. This book is going to stay with me for a long time.