Beautiful writing but slow. I felt this way about The Essex Serpent as well. Melmoth is a doomed woman that wanders the earth witnessing terrible deeds done by people and then preys on their guilt and despair to join her as a companion.
I really liked this very atmospheric and creepy story written with great skill which absorbed me from beginning to end. Melmoth, a spirit, the woman who went to the open cave after the crucifixion denies seeing jesus and is doomed to wander forever drawing sinners to her. The bk, set in Prague, finds Helen drawn into the mystery of lost papers abt melmoth, +we see stories of crimes as well as helen's own mystery. A great rd for dark winter nights.
This was good! Gothic, sinister, sad. It felt historical despite being largely contemporary. A good story, well told; I loved the writing (ps my one complaint about library books; shiny covers!)
“Do you see her? Has she come?” Melmoth the Watcher is cursed to bear witness to the worst of humanity; be careful not to attract her attention, least you be doomed to join her. The descriptions of Prague are magical, the story one of sorrow and loss, is there hope for redemption?
This was not only a beautiful book to look at, it was also a beautiful book to read. It has such an air of melancholy but also a touch of hope, the kind of hope a drowning man clutches at to the end. The writing itself was almost dreamlike, poetic & lyrical. It‘s an adaptation of the story of Melmoth the wanderer, a woman condemned to walk the earth alone forever unless she can persuade the guilty to join her. Perfect for #SomethingWickedFall
FINALLY finished this! I don‘t want to say too much because there‘s still one #LMPBC‘er waiting to read it but it‘s a “Pick” for me. I get what others are saying about it being slow. It IS. Much of it‘s *painfully* slow, but it‘s an intentionally-set pace that matches the book‘s themes (dread, guilt, shame, history). I don‘t know if I always ”enjoy” Sarah Perry‘s books but I‘m always impressed by her craft. And there‘s real emotion to be found.
Testing out our new tent before our camping trip in a few weeks. I approve. 🙌🏻
I haven‘t posted for the #bookfitnesschallenge yet this week but I‘ve completed 2/4 walks!
I‘m failing horribly at my hydration challenge...but at least I‘m thinking about it??? 🤷♀️🙈 No more books finished yet but I‘m making good headway on the tagged book (“Melmoth” for #LMPBC) & my non-fiction audiobook, “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.” Oh, and I only have a handful of poems left in “Electric Arches“!
A strange book indeed. A damned soul/folk tale monster walks the earth as a witness to humanity's evil; she offers her hand to others to walk with her. Her story is told through the stories of many, including half through old letters and diaries from different periods around the world. In the present there is Helen, whose particular evil is a mystery until 3/4 of the way in. Gothic, uncanny writing about sin and redemption, mostly set in Prague.
This is deliciously gothic and spooky. Also very European (set in Prague with Czech, German, and British characters). I love the #audiobook narration!
Hooray - I‘m finally done with this book and can move on to a much better read. This book was definitely not for me. I don‘t want to say much because it‘s part of my #LMPBC
@monalyisha - sorry for the delay but this should be hopefully sent out to you soon! I‘m leaving for a conference so it‘s up to the hubby to actually mail it.
I'm still really processing my reaction to this novel, but what I do know for sure is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate. The language is absolutely beautiful, the concept dark and fascinating, but the creepy and the dramatic do not blend seamlessly in Melmoth, which is disappointing. It was interesting to learn that Perry wrote this while taking opiods to manage pain 🤔 I wonder if that's why it feels a little disjointed at times.
This book has gotten so many negative reviews that I almost didn‘t read it. It‘s a good reminder that I shouldn‘t be too led by others‘ bookish opinions. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the gloomy (gothic I‘ve read it described as) atmosphere. And I always love books with letters and diary entries.
I came home to a giant box waiting for me, all the way from New Mexico. I am totally floored!! Look at this amazing bounty of goodness. @Reggie you are too good and I don't deserve it 😭😭 A fantastic array of books and delicious chocolate, and a beautiful friendship bracelet, plus a lovely notecard. Thank you so much Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ I couldn't even fit everything into one picture.
I won‘t finish my current read today so this is what I read in January - from best to least favourite. Five of these were @Pricel101 picks for #newyearwhodis 🧡 I‘ll definitely take part in something similar again. #januarywrapup
I have said this one before. I was not a fan of Melmoth. It was a DNF for me. The plot was too slow and I never felt any connection to anything. A lot of people liked it and that is OK. I don't mind being the odd man out. Different strokes for different folks as they say. That is why there are so many choices out there. Someone once told me, "One size fits all, fits no one will."
I‘ve lost my momentum with this one. I like the writing style but I‘m just meh on the story and I‘ve got too much I actually want to read right now to force my way through it. 🤷🏻♀️
But what a gorgeous cover, amirite?
With all this snow that‘s coming in - do we think I can finish all four of my library books this weekend?
Throwing myself a little mini snow day readathon starting tomorrow at 6 pm.
This is the first book I finished this year and I loved it! This story follows Helen, a wallflower and translator who has stumbled upon stories of Melmoth the Witness, who to most seems like nothing more than a fairytale, but the more letters and history she delves into the more Helen begins to wonder if there is more truth to the stories than anyone wants to believe and what must she face herself to find the truth? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So, I‘ve seen very mixed reviews on this one and I have to go to the library tomorrow, so I decided to give it a quick once over to see if I should keep it or just return it and the next thing I know I‘m over 50 pages in and I can‘t wait to see what happens next. I was unable to get into The Essex Serpent, so I was not expecting to find this book so gripping so early. I LOVE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS. I don‘t think I‘m going to sleep anytime soon.
It's extravagant. Melodramatic. Wuthering Heights and mezzo-sopranos dying on stage. Tea-and-rainy-day moody. A bit like Byatt's Possession, only far more brief. It has all the atmosphere and setting of a book I love, so I'm especially crushed that I didn't love it! Too much unanswered for me, too light a touch on events.
Having a low key but busy Sunday cleaning, prepping food, and doing laundry. But now my chores are wrapped up, I am ready to dig into this book on my kindle. Today is a perfect day for being cozy as this weekend the temperature has drastically dropped (2 degrees F!). But at least everything looks pretty outside with all of the hoar frost!
Such a disappointment. I enjoyed The Essex Serpent - the rich language, the characters, and the folkloric storytelling . Melmoth is filled with such a sense of despair and guilt, I found myself relieved to reach the last page. The writing felt more forced in this book and I never truly cared about Helen, the main character.