The Thirteenth Tale Book Club Discussion



Good morning book lovers! Today, the CSLJ Book Club begins its discussion of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I hope you have enjoyed the book as much I have and I am really looking forward to chatting with you about it.

To join in the conversation, simply leave a comment on this post with your thoughts and opinions about today’s discussion question. I’ll add new discussion questions about the book tomorrow, and on Sat. Nov. 14th, and Tues. Nov. 17th. You can also sign up here to receive an email when new discussion questions have been added.

— Discussion Questions —

Day 1: What did you think of The Thirteenth Tale? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not? Was there any particular character or part of the book that you especially liked or disliked? Why?

Day 2: Books play a major part in the story and specific books – like Jane Eyre – are used as recurring themes and symbols in the plot. What are your thoughts about this? Do you think the bookish motifs Diane Setterfield used in The Thirteenth Tale enhance the story?

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One Response to The Thirteenth Tale Book Club Discussion

  1. Hello again. I know that some of our book club members had to back out of this month’s read due to family and work issues but I am hoping that we may have a couple of people who are still able to join in the discussion, so I thought I would write up my responses to today’s question.

    As always, I really enjoyed reading The Thirteenth Tale. There’s a real book lover’s sensibility to the book that never fails to draw me in and I love how specific books and stories (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Woman In White, as well as several fairy tales and folk stories) are incorporated into the plot.
    It’s hard to pick just one favorite character. I love the Missus and Aurelius but I think the most vivid, interesting character is the enigmatic story-teller, Miss Winter. As a life-long lover of stories (and an occasional writer of them), I really appreciate how much her stories and the stories she loves shape her identity. One of my favorite lines in the book is when she tells Margaret that “when I was born, I was no more than a sub-plot” and I think it is so telling that she even thinks of herself as an element in a story.

    So with that said, I am going to say good night. I will be back tomorrow to post another discussion question and give some folks a chance to join in the conversation. Hope to see you then!

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