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The Essex Serpent The Sunday Times bestseller One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade Sunday Times Let THE ESSEX SERPENT wrap itself around you this summer London When Cora Seaborne s husban

  • Title: The Essex Serpent
  • Author: Sarah Perry
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  • The Sunday Times bestseller One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade Sunday Times Let THE ESSEX SERPENT wrap itself around you this summer London 1893 When Cora Seaborne s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife AccompanieThe Sunday Times bestseller One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade Sunday Times Let THE ESSEX SERPENT wrap itself around you this summer London 1893 When Cora Seaborne s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife Accompanied by her son Francis a curious, obsessive boy she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter s vicar Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other s lives in ways entirely unexpected Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

    The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry May , Sarah Perry wove a fantastical Victorian tale that is rich in symbolism view spoiler On a literal level, the Essex serpent is an ancient creature, a living fossil Cora Seaborne, a recent widow freed at last from an unhappy marriage to pursue her interest in paleontology, is the voice of Science. The Essex Serpent A Novel Perry, Sarah The Essex Serpent is a wonderfully satisfying novel Ford Madox Ford thought the glory of the novel was its ability to make the reader think and feel at the same time Ford Madox Ford thought the glory of the novel was its ability to make the reader think and feel at the same time. The Essex Serpent A Novel by Sarah Perry, Paperback Apr , At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvellous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart It is so good its pages seem lit from within. The Essex Serpent The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry Hardcover Jun , The Essex Serpent is a wonderfully satisfying novel Ford Madox Ford thought the glory of the novel was its ability to make the reader think and feel at the same time Ford Madox Ford thought the glory of the novel was its ability to make the reader think and feel at the same time. Book Review The Essex Serpent, By Sarah Perry NPR Jun , Those wings belong to the titular Essex Serpent, a water serpent terrorizing the village or according to William Ransome, just rumor a born The Essex Serpent Summary Study Guide SuperSummary The Essex Serpent is a novel by Sarah Perry, released in Set in , it tells the story of Cora Seaborne, a recently widowed woman with a burning interest in the natural sciences Escaping London, she visits a small village in the Essex countryside. THE ESSEX SERPENT Kirkus Reviews Jun , THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry RELEASE DATE June , The unlikely friendship between a canny widow and a scholarly vicar sets the stage for this sweeping th century saga of competing belief systems. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry review a compulsive Jun , The Essex Serpent, by contrast, is fully acted out Fertile, open, vocal about its own origins and passions, crammed with incident, characters Strange sightings in Essex The Spectator Jun , It takes place over a single year in the s, in an Essex village where if the rumours are to be believed a monstrous sea creature skulks in

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    1. ‘Sometimes I think I sold my soul, so that I could live as I must. Oh, I don’t mean without morals or conscience—I only mean with freedom to think the thoughts that come, to send them where I want them to go, not to let them run along tracks someone else set, leading only this way or that…’ Frowning, she ran her thumb along the serpent’s spine and said, ‘I’ve never said this before, not to anyone, though I’ve meant to: but yes I’ve sold my soul, though I’m afraid it didn’ [...]

    2. ‘’Come tomorrow, if you like, to the grave. I said I’d go alone, but perhaps that’s the point; perhaps we are always alone, no matter the company we keep.’’This novel is as complex, as beautiful and mesmerizing as its cover. It is astonishing, an exciting, majestic literary journey. It deserves all the recognition it gets and then some. It is plain and simple one of the most beautiful, unique novels I’ve ever read. There will be no ‘’but’’ or ‘’or’’ in my review. [...]

    3. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.After the death of her husband, the intelligent young widow, Cora Seaborne, abandons her society life in London and departs for coastal Essex, accompanied by her neurotic eleven-year-old son and his nanny. Cora's plans to recuperate are derailed when she learns of a rumor about a mythical serpent taking the lives of villagers further up the estuary. Feeding her interest in natural history, she journeys to le [...]

    4. (4.5) This exquisite 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 [...]

    5. 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 childr [...]

    6. We are cleaved together - we are cleaved apart - everything that draws me to you is everything that drives me away.How I loved holding this book in my hands, with the gorgeous William Morris cover and the soft, uneven deckle-edged pages. While perusing this lovely volume, I revelled in the gothic atmosphere. I looked forward to the intimate letters and notes sprinkled throughout the narrative. I was intrigued by the mystery of the serpent, the palpable fear of those in the damp, mossy, seaside v [...]

    7. You might say The Essex Serpent is about the strivings and fears of the child within. When we’re children we have no problem whatsoever believing that a huge winged beast might live in the dark waters behind the marshlands if that’s what we’re told and what legend believes. And as children we’re always struggling to forge a bond with some companion we single out as being a kind of annunciation angel. Everyone in this novel possesses a restless heart. Everyone has a deep sea monster lurki [...]

    8. A snake of doubt winds its way through their lives, forked tongue flicking, a subtle sneaking menace. It slithers through the villagers' minds, bringing their faith low, raising their superstitions high. It slips through chinks in the vicar's armor, built so carefully over a lifetime. It slides into our heroine's life and into that of her friend, the doctor, whispering into their minds when they are at their weakest. Its brother serpent, a snake of indifference, has already claimed its victims: [...]

    9. "STRANGE NEWS, they'd say, of a monstrous serpent with eyes like a sheep, come out of the Essex waters and up to the birch woods and commons"I know I'm going to love a book when I find myself growing very fond of the characters early on. A mere fifty pages into this engrossing story, I was absolutely charmed by the most captivating of casts and wanted to know everything about them. And on the final page, I felt utterly bereft as I bid them farewell.Cora Seaborne is the beating heart of this nove [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. A completely unexpected treasure! This has everything I look for in a book - lovely writing that you can get lost in, rich dialogue, memorable and lively characters, an imaginative and unusual plot and tons of atmosphere. Goodness! Read this!!

    12. The Essex Serpent is a beautifully written work of historical fiction, absolutely immersing you in 1890s Victorian England, and has a fantastic cast of characters whose attitudes, ideas, and actions are the best parts of the novel. Though I found the plot itself could have been a bit tighter and my attention would occasionally wane during some of the subplot portions, and it may not have engaged me as much emotionally as it did in spades intellectually, this is overall an absorbing, interesting [...]

    13. Something Severed, and Something JoinedThen it carried me in spate to the Essex shore, to all the marsh and shingle, and I tasted on my lips the salt air which is also like the flesh of oysters, and I felt my heart cleaving, as I felt it there in the dark wood on the green stair and as I feel it now: something severed, and something joined.This is from a letter written near the end of this miracle of a novel by its heroine, a young widow named Cora Seaborne. It is an extension of her earlier rem [...]

    14. This novel is classified in my mind as "A damn good read". Set in Victorian England in the 1890's, it juxtaposes religion, superstition, and science in equal measure, and makes you believe in all of them at the same time. A little bit of Dickens mixed with Wilkie Collins mixed with Sarah Waters, it combines beautiful writing with great characters, a setting both lovely and sinister, and ideas and emotions that are foreign and familiar at the same time. I recommend The Essex Serpent for anyone wh [...]

    15. I was wavering between a one and a two star rating, but my disappointment landed on a one. I hoped, and was led to expect, that this would be a tale of Victorian cryptozoology. That there would be an independent and interesting woman, recently widowed Cora, hunting for a creature while being hampered by the local pastor. Turns out the serpent barely features. I didn't feel I got to know Cora, and I didn't particularly like any of the cast. This was more of a love triangle than anything else, alt [...]

    16. 3.5I liked this novel quite a lot, but I didn't love it and I somehow felt a bit disappointed about that. The glowing reviews had made me expect more. It started off really strongly, but by the time I was past the half way mark I started to feel restless and to plan what I'd read next. Not a good sign!I liked the depiction of the Blackwater Estuary, an area I know well from living near Maldon for several years. It's a good choice of setting as even now it can be bleak and eerie on a winter's day [...]

    17. Random notes while reading: - I just love the ambiance of this book!- Mmmm do we have a curmudgeon on our hands? Reverend William Ransome, Rector of Aldwinter Parish forbids his children entry to his study; escapes by window when they're at the door; threatens them with bread and water when they're disobedient; detest the pagan celebration of an old shipwreck by the children of the town; "Aside from the church’s curiosities – which were in truth a minor embarrassment to each successive incum [...]

    18. I was a little apprehensive about reading this because the plaudits it gained when published last year and its subsequent popularity made me suspect that it would disappoint. Such thoughts were groundless - within a few pages I was engrossed in this page-turner set in the 1890s. I should have known that Perry was a promising writer since I read her debut novel After Me Comes The Flood, which was memorably atmospheric if rather more elliptical.The central characters of this book are Cora Seaborne [...]

    19. Standing at the shoreline on a calm, moonless night, you can hear a low-pitched roar. Some say it’s just the waves; others claim it’s a winged monster swimming through the watery depths. But it’s actually the sound of thousands of fans cheering for “The Essex Serpent,” an irresistible new novel by Sarah Perry.Last month, “The Essex Serpent” won the British Book Award, and it’s already sold more than 250,000 copies, which should convince any skeptic that this slippery beast is rea [...]

    20. 4.5/5 stars. What a beautiful novel! On the outside as well as on the inside. For some strange reason, I though that this was going to be a really dense book to get through. I imagined that it would be written in an intricate language and that the magical realism would be hard to follow. However, I'm now happy to say that that was not at all the case. In fact, the language was beautiful, and the dialogue was easy to follow. I'm not entirely sure you would apply the term 'magical realism' to this [...]

    21. What a surprisingly charming book!Nominated for both The Women’s Prize and The Costa Book Award, The Essex Serpent is a beautifully written book. Set in 1893 Essex, England, we meet Cora Seaborne, recently and happily widowed and William Ransome, the town vicor, who is dealing with rumors and superstition of a returning mythical Essex Serpent. Cora, an amateur naturalist, develops such an interesting friendship with William Ransome. At odds with each other and always with opposing views (scien [...]

    22. A beautiful cover on a beautiful book. The author writes so well it would be a pleasure to read even if there were no story and the characters were boring, which is far from the case.The main character, Cora, is recently widowed and free at last from a controlling man. Our sympathies are with her at first but in her first flush of freedom she becomes very careless with other people's emotions and causes many problems along the way. Another very interesting character is Luke Garret, a promising s [...]

    23. An exceptional piece of writing, deftly linking current concerns with those of its chosen time frame via one of the most engaging female protagonists since Wilkie Collins' WOMAN IN WHITE. I loved it

    24. What to say about The Essex Serpent? It seems much easier to think about, to mentally inhabit this novel than to write about it. It's a rich and indulgent piece of historical fiction that draws many-layered contrasts between science and faith, and depicts a love story that is centred on, and continually circles back to, a friendship. At its heart is Cora Seaborne, a lovingly crafted character who, as the overquoted line goes, contains multitudes; she is surrounded by an equally charming supporti [...]

    25. Oh my. It has been a while since I’ve devoured a novel this magnificent. In Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry hasn’t just crafted a novel. She’s created a world.It’s a world ruled by reason and order, a touch of faith, and fantastical beings that have no explanation. Set in Essex – not coincidentally, a location where a mythical winged serpent scared locals out of their wits in 1669 and where infamous witch trials were held – the novel jumps forward to the end of the nineteenth century. It [...]

    26. Cora, you cannot always keep yourself away from the things that hurt you. We all wish that we could, but we cannot: to live at all is to be bruised.Something sinister stirs in the marshes along the Essex coast. Hysteria ripples through the village of Aldwinter in dread of it. It's a serpent-monster, they say - a winged leviathan that once roamed this county just north of London more than three hundred years ago. And it's come back to steal the breath of children and the reason of adults. Sarah P [...]

    27. I can see why The Essex Serpent would make publishers’ eyes light up. It’s a rich old fruity Dickensian plum pudding of a novel, full of generous dollops of Victorian-novel-of-ideas ingredients (Darwinism and the rise of science vs faith; early Marxism; early feminism), mixed together—if I haven’t overstretched the culinary metaphor already—in a highly digestible form.If this sounds faintly sardonic, it may be the result of disappointment. At the outset, I thought Sarah Perry’s bests [...]

    28. If I'm honest, this is fading fast from my memory and if I had to describe what actually happened, I'm not sure I'd remember in a few months time. That being said, it was one of the best newer releases I've read in a while. I enjoyed the whole reading experience and couldn't put the book down for a couple of days, until I was finished. I loved the writing, pacing, characters, plot, all of it. The only thing that stops me from giving it 5 stars, is that I don't quite feel the same intensity of lo [...]

    29. In November I cast this aside after a few pages, and never expected to be so enchanted when I returned to it. On the coattails of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the prose had felt clumsily modern, unable to evoke the time of its setting adequately, although the author was clearly trying. The prologue was a scene I’d have expected to grab me from the first, the words looked like something I’d go for, but it was mysteriously ungrippable; muddy as its setting; and it remained so two months la [...]

    30. 4.5Yes, I’ll admit that the first thing that attracted me to this book was the incredible cover! I mean, as you can see, it is a work of beauty. Luckily, the interior is of the same quality.Perry has an amazing writing style, very lyrical without being heavy or convoluted. On the contrary, it flows, meanders, while completely spellbinding you. "Light picked out channels cut in crystal glasses and glossed the wood of the polished table, and Stella's forget-me-nots bloomed on their napkins.”Th [...]

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