The Enchanted: A Novel [Rene Denfeld] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world. “This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.” An award-winning novel set in an ancient stone prison, The Enchanted is viewed through the eyes of a. 8 Jan The nameless narrator calls the place enchanted, for the inmates are under the spell of death. Executions in the lethal injection chamber are.
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All people with dark happenings in their lives. Denfeld lifts a wet rock to reveal the maggot-ridden structure of unofficial prison governance, the corruption and cruelty that permeates this world, even with a fair warden nominally in charge.
It IS magical realism, but here I’m all in. When I touch my cheeks, I realize I have been crying.
I say mercifully short because it made my soul ache while reading, so could only read for ecnhanted periods of time. 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.
It is about surviving, but wishing death would come bringing a new beginning. X Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best enchhanted and opportunities. York spurns her attempts to find mercy.
The rumblings of tectonic activity become golden horses racing enchantd. Don’t take my word for it. There was a problem adding your email address. A little of that sun could have soaked into the pages I was touching.
The first sentence begins, “This enchantwd a What an extraordinary novel. It felt like The Handmaid’s Tale or Bird Box since it had that minimal, bleak tone throughout the story.
They might go months down in the dungeon between visits, even years. How odd it is, that the dead weigh more than the living.
Fiction Book Review: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Harper, $ (p) ISBN
I feel compelled to push it into everyone’s hands, saying, “You must read this. I see the secret basement warrens where rusted cans hide the urns of the dead and the urns spill their ashes across the floor until the floods come off the river to wash the ashes outside to feed the soil under the grasses, which wave to the sky.
There was love in these pages too, you end up caring about all of these characters, even the most horrific, as some of their background stories come to life. Not only does Denfeld address the lives of those on death row, she reveals the darkness of prison life. The language is lyrical, just beauteous, which instantly draws me in but instantly worries me too.
It’s about York, an inmate on death row who wants to die; the lady, who tries to investigate York’s case to get him off the death sentence; about a fallen priest in the prison. By that I mean the author was very revealing, yet restrained.
Thanks for signing up! York has lived on death row for so long he has lost any hope. Aug 12, Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing. View all 19 comments. They are on death row for doing unspeakable, gruesome crimes.
Some clutch their faith. There’s a lot going on in this book and the author writes in a way you don’t want to stop reading regardless of how difficult the scenarios are. Can there be redemption for the horrific crimes these condemned men have committed? March 24, March 13, bookmunch. Denfeld’s unique talent for poetic prose, here she also proved herself a magnificent magician in literature by making her readers feel compassion for someone so horrible.
And the book, this is why I always want to read real books. I hope this isn’t the last fictional book this author attempts bc she is truly a gifted fictional writer. It is clear from her very balanced portrayal of death row inmates that, indeed, as John Steinbeck said in East of Eden”There are monsters among us