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    (FREE) [The Essex Serpent] AUTHOR Sarah Perry Late Victorian England Cora Seaborne newly widowed by a sadistic but wealthy husband and now free to follow her interests in palaeontology finds herself in the Essex village of Aldwinter where rumours of a sea serpent lurking in the always conveniently foggy bay have the locals in a superstitious tizz There sh

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    (FREE) [The Essex Serpent] AUTHOR Sarah Perry Sarah Perry Î 5 Free read The pendulum swings from one year to the next and there’s darkness on the face of the deepThe year is 1893 and something evil is lurking in the Blackwater Estuary in Essex England Nearly two hundred years prior a hideous winged serpent was said to rise from the waters and walk the woods and the commons terrorizing the villagers As uickly

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  • Hardcover
  • 422
  • The Essex Serpent
  • Sarah Perry
  • English
  • 07 September 2019
  • 9780062666376

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The Essex Serpent Free download  105 Sarah Perry's award winning novel set at the end of the nineteenth century and inspired by true eventsMoving between Essex and London myth and modernity Cora Seaborne's spirited search for the Essex Serpent encoura. Late Victorian England Cora Seaborne newly widowed by a sadistic but wealthy husband and now free to follow her interests in palaeontology finds herself in the Essex village of Aldwinter where rumours of a sea serpent lurking in the always conveniently foggy bay have the locals in a superstitious tizz There she meets local vicar Will Ransome and the two form an instant rapport despite their supposedly opposing views and despite the fact that the vicar already has a wife and children But then Will s wife coughs and instantly if you ve ever seen any costume drama ever you know what s going to happen to herI have to say that for me The Essex Serpent never really came alive as a novel It had potentially interesting characters but they were never uite convincing Perhaps because they were all too nice to one another Will s wife was way too understanding and the few tensions between them seemed like a failed attempt to liven things up rather than a genuine outgrowth of the characters themselves In her Author s Note at the end of the book Sarah Perry mentions Matthew Sweet s Inventing the Victorians for its challenge to the notion of a prudish era enslaved by religion and incomprehensible manners but I suspect it s that version of the Victorian Age readers want from a Victorian era novel so any author wanting to counter that view of the age really has to do a bit of extra work As a result Perry s Victorian age doesn t uite convince everyone was far too nice and understanding instead of being gossipy a married vicar carrying on with a widow disapproving and censorious Why else set the book in the Victorian Age at all Just for the costumesThat wouldn t have mattered had the book had a compelling plot or if it had explored any one of its incipient themes in detail I was expecting about the clash between superstition and rationality which was surely what was promised by the meeting of scientific Cora was she going to be the Serpent in this Essex Eden and religious Will but Will simply wasn t religious enough most of the time Or even had there been a genuine lingering air of weirdness or mystery about the serpent So for me the book never really turned into a novel but just remained a collection of characters bumping into one another In costume

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The Essex Serpent Free download  105 One another The depth of feeling that the inhabitants of Aldwinter share are matched by their city counterparts as they strive to find the courage to express and understand their deepest desires and strongest fear. Well this will certainly teach me about that old adage re books and covers I really love a Victorian floral in the William Morris mode and buttercup yellow endpapers charming In my mind this was going to be a gothic tale of serpents and maybe some Victorian sexual repression something along those lines Certainly serpents were mentioned people seemed flustered about it but the entire thing lacked any kind of narrative tension or gothic edge unless you count the odd fog Then there was the love uadrilateral I really stopped counting how many people were in love with Cora not by all accounts a great beauty or from what I could see particularly engaging So this epidemic of lovelorn people seemed puzzling to me Passions when they did very briefly arise were kind of neutered and odd This is certainly not a Victorian romance novel thenOne could read it for passing social commentary on the dire state of housing in Bethnal Green or perhaps for an interesting account of medical procedures of the era My point being this seemed like a novel struggling to figure out what it wanted to be There was some very picturesue writing on landscapes and scents and sounds but this only takes a novel so far I somehow missed something in this book that resonated with other readers perhaps one needed to fall in love with Cora as well In my opinion if you need to read a contemporary Victorian novel it has to be Faber s Crimson Petal and the White

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The Essex Serpent Free download  105 Ges all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement At the same time the novel explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the allegiances that we have to. 45 This exuisite work of historical fiction explores the gaps narrower than one might think between science and superstition and between friendship and romantic love The Essex Serpent was a real life legend from the latter half of the seventeenth century but Perry s second novel has fear of the sea creature re infecting Aldwinter her invented Essex village in the 1890s Mysterious deaths and disappearances are automatically attributed to the Serpent that dwells in the depths of the Blackwater This atmosphere of paranoia triggers some schoolgirls to erupt in frenzied delusions as in The Crucible It is unclear whether the Church should tolerate a source of mystery or dismiss it all as nonsense after all there s a winged serpent carved onto one of the pews at the parish churchIn a domestic counterpart to all these supernatural goings on we gain entry into two middle class households Cora Seaborne s abusive husband Michael has recently died of throat cancer leaving her to raise their odd autistic I wondered eleven year old son Francis on her own She has an amateur interest in fossils to rival Mary Anning s so when she hears of a cache near Colchester she leaves London for Essex bringing along Frankie and her companion Martha Mutual friends put her in touch with Will Ransome the vicar of Aldwinter sure that he and his family consumptive wife Stella and children Joanna James and John will be able to show her around the coastDespite an inauspicious first meeting which sees Cora and Will still unknown to each other hauling a drowning sheep out of a lake theirs soon becomes a close easy friendship Cora feels she can speak her mind about the faith she lost and the new marvels she finds in natureI had faith the sort I think you might be born with but I ve seen what it does and I traded it in It s a sort of blindness or a choice to be mad to turn your back on everything new and wonderful not to see that there s no fewer miracles in the microscope than in the gospelsShe holds her own in cerebral debates with Will as he deplores his parishioners fantasies about the Serpent Is there really such a big difference between his faith all strangeness and mystery all blood and brimstone Cora teases and the Serpent legend In seeming contradiction to his career path Will is suspicious than many of the other characters of things he doesn t understand and can t explain away like hypnosis and a Fata MorganaThe novel s nuanced treatment of faith and doubt is enhanced by references to Victorian science including fossil hunting and early medical procedures Dr Luke Garrett Michael s surgeon is one of Cora s best friends back in London she calls him The Imp In one of the most striking passages of the entire book he performs rudimentary heart surgery on the young victim of a stab wound Perry fills in the novel s background with a plethora of apt Victorian themes including housing reform and London crime For a book of 440 pages it has a large cast and a fairly epic scope Although there are places where subplots and minor characters might have been expanded upon Perry wisely refrains from stuffing the novel with evidence of her research Indeed it s a restrained book overall yet breaks out into effusiveness in just the right places as in Stella s mystical adoration of the color blueDescriptive passages and the letters passing between the characters give a clear sense of the months passing yet there is also something timelessly English about the narrative Dickensian in places Our Mutual Friend and Hardyesue in others Far from the Madding Crowd I especially loved this picture of the June countrysideEssex has her bride s gown on there s cow parsley frothing by the road and daisies on the common and the hawthorn s dressed in white wheat and barley fatten in the fields and bindweed decks the hedgesCross this cozy pastoral vision with the Gothic nature of the Serpent craze and you get uite a uniue atmosphere The vague unexplained sense of menace didn t work for me at all in Perry s previous novel After Me Comes the Flood but here it s just rightIt was no doubt true in the late Victorian period that men and women can t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way as famously declared in When Harry Met Sally No one is uite sure what to make of a sexually available self assured female like Cora The different kinds of Greek love from philia to eros keep shading into each other here Like the water that forms the book s metaphorical substrate the relationships ebb and flow Yet there s no denigrating any connection as just friendship in fact friendship is enough to rescue one character from suicide Like Hanya Yanagihara s A Little Life the novel asks whether love is ever enough to save us and gives a considerably optimistic answerThe fact that I have an MA in Victorian literature means I m drawn to Victorian set novels but also highly critical about their authenticity While reading this though I thoroughly believed that I was in 1890 Moreover Perry adroitly illuminates the situation of the independent New Woman and the uandary of science versus religion which were the joint subjects of my dissertation women s faith and doubt narratives in Victorian fictionI m delighted especially having seen Perry speak at Bloxham Festival in February see my write up for on her background and the inspirations behind this novel to have liked The Essex Serpent three times as much as her debut It has an elegant evocative writing style reminiscent of AS Byatt and Penelope Fitzgerald Something holds me back from the full 5 stars too diffuse Too much staying on the surface of things Not uite intimate enough especially about Cora s inner life but I still declare myself mightily impressed The Essex Serpent counts as one of my favorite novels of 2016 so far You can see why Serpent s Tail how perfect is her publisher s name rushed this one into publication a few weeks early Expect to see it on the Booker Prize shortlist and any other award list you care to mention With thanks to Anna Marie Fitzgerald at Serpent s Tail for the free review copyOriginally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck