The Resource Bellman & Black : a novel, Diane Setterfield

Bellman & Black : a novel, Diane Setterfield

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Bellman & Black : a novel
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Bellman & Black
Title remainder
a novel
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Diane Setterfield
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Bellman and Black
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eng
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Review
  • /*LibraryReads Favorite*/ William Bellman is a happily married father with a promising future, until an event from his childhood comes to haunt him and everyone he loves. Beautifully written with a vividly enticing setting, Bellman & Black is a truly gothic tale that will you have entwined in its arms until the very end. -- Scott Lenski, Whitefish Bay Public Library, Whitefish Bay, WI. (LibraryReads, November 2013)
  • William Bellman is just ten years old when he commits an act that will haunt him the rest of his life—the killing of an innocent rook. In adulthood, William is building the perfect life for himself with a gorgeous wife and a brood of children, as he works his way up at his family's mill. But he and his family are stalked by creepy black birds. Tragedies slowly begin piling up—first friends and distant relatives, then his wife and children. At each funeral, he spies a man wearing all black. While waiting for his final child to die, William visits the grave of his wife and runs into the mysterious Mr. Black. William enters into a Faustian bargain with Mr. Black, saving his daughter and resulting in the development of Bellman & Black, a funeral emporium. VERDICT While billed as a ghost story, Setterfield's (The Thirteenth Tale ) sophomore effort seems more a gothic psychological study with the dark vibe of an Edgar Allan Poe tale. Lovers of true ghost stories may be disappointed, but fans of Setterfield's best-selling debut will snatch this one up. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/13.]— Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib. --Chelsie Harris (Reviewed October 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 18, p68)
  • (The following is a combined review for BELLMAN &#38 and BLACK)A boy hits the wrong bird with a slingshot, with lifelong consequences, in this second venture into gothic territory from Setterfield, author of the hugely popular The Thirteenth Tale (2006). The book begins in the mid-19th century, in an English village whose focal point is a textile mill. At age 10, William Bellman, showing off for two friends, shoots a rook with a slingshot. Two decades later, William is rising rapidly through the ranks at the mill. He is the nephew of Paul, the owner's son, however, William's advancement is due more to sheer diligence than to nepotism. He has mastered every aspect of the mill's operation when a series of unfortunate events advances his career prospects beyond his wildest dreams. The owner dies, apparently of old age, then Paul expires suddenly. Other deaths follow in quick succession, including those of William's mother and Luke, one of two witnesses to the slingshot incident. Only the reader is aware, due in part to the appearance of these birds before each death and intermittent segments detailing the mythology and lore surrounding them, that rooks are harbingers of doom. William is oblivious, although a stranger in black appears at each funeral, regarding him sardonically. By now, William owns the mill since the last heir, Charles, an artist, also suffered a rook-related death after William's artistically gifted daughter Dora showed Charles a drawing of her favorite black-plumaged bird. It isn't until most of William's family are wiped out by an epidemic that he suspects the strange Mr. Black's role in all this. Desperate to save Dora, he enters into a bargain with Black, the exact terms of which remain obscure, even at times to William, but it involves opening a Selfridge's-like London emporium specializing in the trappings of mourning and funerals. Although this novel succeeds in creating an atmosphere of creeping dread, the effect is attenuated by too much detail about the running of mills and department stores and also by a growing puzzlement over why an impulsive childhood transgression, never repeated, should exact such a terrible penalty. A gothic tale in which moments of tedium are relieved by morbidity.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2013)
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10219244
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Setterfield, Diane
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no index present
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PR6119.E86
LC item number
B45 2013
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fiction
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  • Consequences
  • Funerals
  • Strangers
  • Families
  • Interpersonal relations
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a ghost story
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Bellman & Black : a novel, Diane Setterfield
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24 cm
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328 pages
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9781476711959
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bl2013040298
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Bellman & Black : a novel, Diane Setterfield
Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
328 pages
Isbn
9781476711959
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bl2013040298
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9781476711959

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