The Minotaur

The Minotaur

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Kerstin Kvist accepts a job at Lydstep Old Hall in the English countryside in order to be closer to her boyfriend. While she struggles to figure out the dysfunctional family who lives there, a stranger moves into the village, setting the family on the course to self-destruction.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143052074
0143052071
9780143052081
014305208X
Branch Call Number: VINE
Characteristics: 310 p.

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Mar 03, 2015

I really enjoyed this book with all it's colourful characters.
lots of twists and turns in the plot and a good ending.

xaipe Jun 18, 2014

Modern Gothic set in a gloomy countryside mansion in a remote part of Essex. The story takes place in the 1960's. The narrator, a Swedish woman named Kerstin Kvist whose first name is pronounced "Shashtin" (?), is a trained nurse who accepts a position caring for John who is most probably profoundly autistic in an era before this was a diagnosis. Other characters are the pathologically domineering matriarch, 2 middle aged love-starved sisters who vie for the local vicar's and local artist's attentions, and a third sister who has a mysterious background and whose paternity is questionable. Add a vast library which is constructed like a labyrinthine maze where John loves to hide and you have "The Woman in White" and "Jane Eyre" to complete the Victorian genre. Barbara Vine's sly observations of British mannerisms and customs make this a very stylish novel. In other less capable hands, it would have been a potboiler, but it was fun to read even though there were no ripped bodices.

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