Saturday, October 05, 2013

2013 book 260

Jeannette Winterson's The Daylight Gate
I have a really hard time taking seriously any book that takes actual historical witch trials (here, the Pendle witch trials of 1612) and claims the women actually were witches, doing absolutely grisly things. Maybe that's the history major in me talking, but I really had a problem with it. My bigger problem, however, was with how much rape there was in such a short book. That, unfortunately, is probably more historically accurate, but is much harder to read. Everything is described as crudely and creepily as possible, which makes it good Halloween reading, I guess, but isn't really my thing. B/B-.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released on October 21st.

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