Review of Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black

by Rachel Baker on December 12, 2013

Old Musty Books has a review of Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield, which was just released in November.

This is sort of how I feel about Bellman & Black. I couldn’t begin to tell you what its about. I didn’t really understand the whole ghost story that was referenced on the summary/book jacket; and if one wants to acknowledge this as a ghost story, one would have to say it was thinly veiled take on A Christmas Carol (which would make it an interesting coincidence that the publishing date is a month before Christmas).

If I think about the Quindlen quote, I have to acknowledge that well, maybe, just maybe, this is an extremely well written story. Honestly, because it is about a man who seems very unassuming and unemotional, it seems as if this is more of a character study than a full-on novel with a plot. We take a look at the guys life starting from when he killed a rook to the end. Its a study of how that one action may have affected his life and more specifically his mind and how he dealt with other things like death.

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