Evesham & District

Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield

A tale with a magical, fairy tale quality set in Victorian times, when life was influenced by technological advances, with increasing knowledge about evolution, medicine and photography, for example. Traditions, folklore and storytelling have their part to play, along with the influence of the solstices and the river, and the possibility that other worlds may exist.

Some of our comments:

  • The best and the worst traits of humanity are captured.
  • The book can be read on different levels.
  • I liked the storytelling, which might be too Gothic for some.
  • Themes include the family, loss of a loved one, the influence of the river, advances in knowledge and science.
  • I would not have considered reading this book if it had not been on the Book Club reading list, but I’m glad I did!
  • I was left wondering who the girl really was, if she wasn’t Amelia, Alice or Ann.
  • A good read.
  • One member who had not read it was keen to borrow it.

Marks out of ten: the five of us who had read the book scored it as 8 out of 10.

Recommend to a friend: Yes x 5

November 2020