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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld


The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062285508
Buy from Indigo

Description: "This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do."

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality


Random Thoughts
  • Haunting and heartfelt
  • Makes you think about those we judge without knowing of their pain and the world they were raised in
  • At times I was mesmerized by the authors prose. His words are thoughtful and lyrical
  • The jumping around between points of view is very jarring at times and quite frankly I was often confused (but hey that is more me and my lack of intelligence) Currently re-reading the story to see if I missed a few things
  • A truly perfect book for a class discussion or book club (Redemption, nature vs. nurture, prison, reform, evil, and way too many more to mention)
  • Could not put the story down even with the issues I had with it. The writing is too magical and the story so fascinating. Reminded me a little of The Green Mile
  • Raw and heartbreaking - bawled my eyes out
  • Wanted more background and answers, but again this is just me, the story works beautifully without background and answers. I'm just needy and want to know everything, though lets face it in this case I think the details would just make me feel hatred
  • Insightful and shows a true knowledge of the penal system (which after reading Denfeld's bio I can totally understand)
  • Loved the passages about books and the power they have to help one escape
  • Interesting that one of the most despicable characters is a guard
Memorable Quotes

"The bull chain is in case he tries any funny business. The funny business never ends up very funny, I have noticed."

"Such men are like diseased dogs or demented animals. You can bemoan what made them killers, but once they are, the best thing is to put them down with mercy."

"It seems wrong to him. No one deserves death more than someone like York or Striker or especially Arden. And yet those are the deaths that others will say are unnatural, not that of his dear sweet wife, a woman who raised three kids and never did anyone a wrong pass."

"Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen - to hear - so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes. Then maybe we can stop men like me from happening."

4 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins as part of the Indigo Insiders program and am in no way required to review or promote

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