This book: a small dark gem, full of horror and beauty, death and life.
I picked this up because I loved the title and beautiful black and gold cover art. It was not what I expected. Devastating, brutal and haunting stories emerge from the setting of a corrupt stone prison — and yet the writing is gorgeous, poetic, hopeful and supremely imaginative. Denfeld makes you feel the humanity of men on death row without minimizing the horrors of what they have done. I can‘t stop thinking about this book.
So Litsy is throwing a fit about me posting a picture that had my review of this book. To summarize: beautiful writing, but didn‘t make sense with the story. Nor did the POV. So disappointing, and I DNF-ed at 68 pages. Only the 10th book I‘ve ever DNF-ed :(
Denfeld has serious credibility as a journalist and nonfiction writer. Plus her day job is investigating death penalty cases. But this book is clearly fiction / magical realism, which is one of my favorites. The Enchanted‘s story is told by a nameless death row inmate with a quirky imagination. He devours books, and has a unique vision of the old stone prison in which he and the other inmates live.
Full review posted at www.TheBibliophage
Started this one the other day as a combo audio/ebook read. I‘m using it for one of the #ERMadLibs challenge prompts. And wow—it‘s quite a book to follow When They Call You a Terrorist, which has so much to do with mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.
#scribd #kindle #audiobook
This book is brutal. It‘s a story of broken systems and broken people. Set in a prison, we meet death row inmates, a woman hired to help try and get death sentences commuted, the warden, a fallen priest. No one is whole and all are human. I think the author‘s choice to leave most characters nameless is a powerful one. And all of it is told in such beautiful language. I suspect this one will truly stick with me.
I think I shall give this one a go. It‘s been on my tbr for quite a while now.
This book has many admirers. I didn't love it, but I did appreciate its prose. I think I have a hard time connecting to books with characters with broad names like The Lady and The Fallen Priest because I'm so averse to allegory and that feels like an element? Who knows. Nevertheless, if books about prisons and the death penalty in fiction are up your alley, add it to your list.
This book is so beautifully written. It is so surprisingly
lyrical considering it is set in a prison. It is clearly written by someone who understands the justice system. It is also heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed this book, although I did put it down and almost walk away from it a little ways into it because the whole “enchanted castle” aspect was a bit too flighty at first. I understand the poetic aspect of it but in the beginning it honestly felt out of place until it gains momentum as the characters narrative etc. once that occurs it really picks up and gets hard to put down :) I‘m really starting to enjoy this authors style
Nothing like finishing a book parked outside the library on the day it's due. I don't think saying whether you "like" or "dislike" a book is appropriate in many instances but especially with this. I can already tell I'll be thinking about this book for weeks. All I want to do right now is research what death row in the U.S. really looks like. The Enchanted, for me, was hauntingly beautiful.
I finished this book a few days ago and honestly haven't known what to say about it. It was odd to have main elements never revealed, like names. Yet, it worked. The main story was so sad, yet the stories within had an element of hope, growth, and learning to let go. Such a depressing story; one that was elegantly and beautifully written.
Depression has suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks clouding even the things I love most like reading 📖😞... I must've read the same sentence so many times & the normal joy reading brings forth just wouldn't come forth-so I'm going to dive under for a bit & try to pull myself out of it the next couple of days...& at least scratch the surface of this read
This book was so mesmerizing! It's such a unique story and it is so beautifully written, I'm having a hard time describing it. The characters were fascinating and I loved the prison/death row setting. I chose the audio route and the narration was perfect!
I read 28 books in July, which may be a PR! My favorite was the one I tagged. I also read the first 8 or so Sookie Stackhouse books, which are fun! I am looking forward to allowing myself more time to read during the school year this year, and I'm so happy I have this community of beautiful people who ground me in my love of books!
And I bought that mug today. Obviously.
Well this was just exceptional!! As beautiful and light as its prison-life subject matter is ugly and dark. It's not very long at all but it's impeccably written and sure does pack a punch! Magical Realism the way it should be. Color me impressed that this was her debut novel ??
"I imagine he knows magic, if he is reading books. The book itself doesn‘t matter. It‘s that he found another world in it."
I also finished The Enchanted today as an audiobook and I adored it. It was beautiful, aching, and poignant. Magical realism at its finest.
I do wish I had been reading along with the text because it has lots of lines I'd love to reread. And I might be late on this but the Libby app is awesome!! So much better than the overdrive app.
And now, #booknbeer!
This audiobook was recommended to me by @BethFishReads a while ago (and probably more than once). Probably more than once. I'm finally listening. It takes place on death row and I think I'm going to really enjoy it. Jim Frangione is a very engaging narrator.
Wow, just wow. This book was sad and brutal. But in the end, there was a kind of peace about it. It's hard to face the truth that the story depicted here is the reality for some. So harsh. But well worth reading. 4/5⭐️ #24in48
1. @Liberty on a podcast!
2. Wunderlist app and physical shelves (my GR got ridiculous)
3. ALL of them (pretty edition, used, audio, ebook, all the words)!
5. Yes and failed hard
6. A Dance with Dragons (this was before the show started, George needs to write faster)
7. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
8. The Expats #currentread
9. The Enchanted (tagged bc everyone should read it)
10. How did I get here?
Awesome e-book deal today. This book is sooooooo amazing!!!
This is a gritty and brutal debut novel. Set in the death row block of an ancient prison, and told from the perspective of a mute inmate, about York, an inmate nearing execution who wants to die, The Lady, whose job is to investigate special cases, a fallen priest, and a kind warden. Lyrical prose and dark material, definitely worth picking up.