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  1. says:

    Goodreads tells me this is my 10th Ruth Rendell plus 3 Barbara Vine , so you can see that I m a fan But this one disappointed me Unlucky 13, maybe A common feature of the Baroness s suspense novels is a mundane urban backdrop that endows the plot with a gritty authenticity As the title suggests, Master of the Moor is set in hill country I should have taken heed of the amateurish sketch map at the beginning.Okay, anorkay I admit I spend too much time puffing up the Lakeland fells, but this novel s fictitious landscape and invented nomenclature just don t hang together Too often the moor is a hazy backdrop devoid of delineation, its physical demands lack tangible presence in turn the characters interactions with it lack credibility.There is some debate over whether writers should stick to what they know An eminent speaker at a literary conference I recently attended insisted this would make the world a most boring place But I think in this instance the author missed a trick I d bet a screenplay would swap abandoned mines for city sewers.The plot Well keeps you guessing kept me guessing, anyway and a certain sustained suspense pervaded by a rather unnerving question mark over the protagonist s sanity It s something of a murder mystery, really.So it was okay hence 2 stars, for me.


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    Even when Rendell s books don t grab me by the throat, they are still Wuthering Heights, for instance, did a better job of conjuring a moor in my eye so does Kate Bush s song based on Bronte s novel Yet, the twist is properly lied out, and still surprises the reader Nice way to spend a couple hours.Crossposted at Booklikes.


  3. says:

    A Psychological Thrillerthat follows no formula.Narrator Michael Bryant did ok.Not quite clean.


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    A Problem With GenreAs crime fiction goes, The Master of The Moor by Ruth Rendell is perhaps one of the subtle examples The action is set in a moorland community, presumably somewhere like North Yorkshire, though the book s place names are pure invention and geography is not defined There has been a murder, a fairly vicious affair where the young female victim perhaps a clich in itself has not only been stabbed but scalped as well The body has been discovered by Stephen, a large man, passionate enough about moorland rambling to write a regular column on the subject for a local newspaper, and thus is probably not unknown in the community The plot will not be spoiled if it is revealed that, primarily because of his intimate knowledge of the moor, coupled with his solitary nature, Stephen becomes suspect number one There is another murder and yet another in this small, apparently tightly knit place.Stephen is apparently happily married in an unhappy marriage We learn of his sexual dysfunction, as if it is advertised, while he questions his own birthright He has a confused elderly relative who lives in a care home There s a famous local novelist, now dead, famous for his moorland romances, a writer with whom Stephen feels a strong and special association.There is Dadda, meaning Stephen s father, a giant of a man who runs a furniture restoration business His son is an employee There is Nick, the man Stephen s wife is seeing And then, inevitably, there are policemen involved There has, after all, been a murder.Ruth Rendell s descriptive writing captures the landscape well and also communicates Stephen s life long love of the place, its history, its flora and fauna, and its uniqueness The plot eventually works its way through its own machinations and there is something of a surprise towards the end So why, then, is such a competently written, engaging and enjoyable book eventually such a disappointment The answer, surely, is that demands of the genre dominate and diminish the writer s ability to communicate And here are four ways in which this happens.Firstly, there is the all seeing person at the heart of the process the writer As previously stated, Ruth Rendell s book is very well written and is certainly much than competent when compared to almost any other form But the writer here is clearly not to be trusted There are ideas, facts and facets relating to almost all of these characters that the writer deliberately hides from the reader, merely so that they can be revealed when the plot demands This happens despite the God like, all seeing standpoint that the non participant narrator adopts and the shifting point of view where, apparently, we can be inside the thoughts of any of the characters at whim And still we do not know what they think In The Master Of The Moor, for example, Stephen apparently changes colour when he gets angry We only learn this some way through the tale Do we assume that this is a new phenomenon Has he never before been angry Has no one ever noticed this tendency, or remarked upon it in this small, tightly knit community Perhaps it is merely a convenient vehicle for the story teller, introduced with little warning to create a spicy moment Perhaps, then, it is disingenuousness of this type that prompts someone like Alan Bennett to confess that writers generally are not very nice people Secondly, there is the function of the characters in relation to the plot Throughout, the reader senses that the only reasons for identifying aspects of character is to link them to a linear plot that will eventually be resolved, with revealed detail functioning as either evidence or motive As the process unfolds, such details are revealed sequentially as clues to notice, like scraps of paper strewn on a forest floor to dictate the route to follow We know that these people only exist as mere vehicles, functionaries whose existence is to serve the illusion And the journey feels ever like being led by the nose.Thirdly, and by no means any less importantly, is the requirement that all belief be suspended, even within a setting that seems to rely upon establishing a sense of realism Genre fiction seems to be, in relation to this demand upon the reader, to be demanding than fantasy, horror or even opera In Master Of The Moor, for instance, we have a total of three bizarre murders in a small, rural community Not only are these crimes committed in a very short space of time, they are also in the public domain Meanwhile people in these small towns seem to go on with their lives without those recent events dominating their thoughts, conversations or actions There have been three murders, and yet it is the local police who are still doing the investigating Three murders, and still there is neither a plethora of imported reinforcements from even nearby forces, nor is there any invasion by researchers, presenters, technicians or temporary twenty four hour studios of national and international news gathering organisations Life, and death, it seems, just goes on There have been three murders, and apparently not even journalists from local or regional media are on the streets of this small place drubbing out a story There have been three murders, and yet people still do not have them at the forefront of their gossip There is no finger pointing There are no tearful press conferences, and little speculation And people still discuss furniture restoration, moorland grasses, old mines and out of date books before any of the three murders Reality, the currency of the genre, seems to be strangely absent.Fourthly, and perhaps most important of all, is the sense that everything presented is formulaic The victims are all young and female, of course, and men with sexual problems behave strangely Most people conform to social class stereotypes and anyone with an interest worthy of remark is a suspect.Master Of The Moor is a good read It is an enjoyable book But, via its form, prescriptions and preconceptions, it presents an at best two dimensional world Its plot and characters are truly one dimensional within that frame, mere lines that join up pre placed dots There is nothing wrong with the book, but, like its characters, it is imprisoned by the confines of genre and cannot transcend the imposed framework The experience it offers the reader is therefore limited Imagination, somehow, seem to be lacking.


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  6. says:

    Ruth Rendell is one of my most favorite authors Her stories are dark and intriguing she s an excellent developer of characters Also, her characters aren t very endearing, but never repulsive She s been described as a modern Agatha Christie and I tend to agree I really enjoyed the twists of this novel Atmospheric and a creeping claustrophobia a good read on rainy evenings.


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    My opinion on my blog tulo O Senhor da CharnecaAutor Ruth RendellP ginas 194G nero PolicialOs policiais s o dos nosso estilos favoritos Ouvimos dizer maravilhas da autora Ruth Rendell, mas talvez tenhamos feito mal em come ar por este livro demasiado descritivo o que o torna muito ma udo Depois de lermos este livros s nos d vontade de comparar Ruth Rendell ao E a de Queir s pelas descri o infinitas.Hist ria Na bellissima Charneca, que muitos desprezam ,fora encontrada uma v tima jovem, lourao rosto encontrava se desfigurado e o cabelo rapado Aquela Charneca, que a verdadeira paix o da personagem principal, transforma se ent o num local onde todos centram a sua aten o muitos s o os que a visitam agora em busca de algum ind cio que ajude a resolver este crime ou ent o, simplesmente, por curiosidade Mas ser aquela jovem v tima apenas a primeira de uma s rie de homic dios Porqu mat la, e porqu na Charneca uma hist ria interessante, talvez n o dos melhores policiais que existem, mas sem d vida com um final surpreendente.Nota alguns livros desta autora encontram se sob o pseud nimo de Barbara Vine.Tamb m este livro foi adaptado para o cinema assim como outros Romances Policias de Ruth Rendell


  8. says:

    As often happens to me when reading Rendell, I was totally in love with her descriptions of places and sensations but not as thrilled with the direction her story went Still, when listening to it read by John Lee, what s not to like He is the perfect narrator for a novel such as this There are some surprises which I didn t see coming and that s a good thing Most of all, though, I ll always feel I have been to the moor where the novel takes place and that s worth a listen in and of itself.


  9. says:

    Another excellent story from the master of the twisted mind I love how Ruth Rendell conjures up these totally believable sociopaths I love how she keeps you guessing right to the end, and then, when you do finish, you think, Ah Of course.


  10. says:

    Psychologically disturbing and depressing I like Ruth Rendell, though Good writer.


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