Frank, I've always liked your reviews. Hope your Thirteenth Tale review addresses some of the points raised here:http://7decade.blogspot.com/2006/07/thirteenth-tale-by-diane-setterfield.htmlWhat Jane Eyre has that The Thirteenth Tale doesn't have is a passionate statement of social criticism and a main character with a passionate nature tempered by reason and a sense of what is fair and what is right.Thirteenth Tale is beautifully written, but what does it mean? Reading is important? Yes, and possibly that needs to be said at this moment in time, but it doesn't seem enough to make a book a classic or a "best" book of the year. I enjoyed the novel for what it was: a traditional gothic. I thought the characters were poorly developed and mainly forgettable.