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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There weren’t pages of character development or paragraph after paragraph about the setting of each scene. I do not recommend it for survivors of victims of violent crimes. And being inside the complicated, brilliant, but sick head of the narrator as he astutely and emotionally observes the prison and the people within it, is chilling. View all 53 comments. When the visit ends and they are led defneld chains back to the dungeon underground, where they spend their days trapped in a six-by-nine cell with no window and no fresh air, a flat cot and open toilet with an endless circle of dark brown in the bowl and a flickering lightbulb in a metal cage, they can remember that scrap of sky.

First the book is set in an ancient stone prison somewhere in America and to begin with I was drawn into the story until the author introduced the magic realism aspect of the tale and I was completely thrown and just disconnected denfepd the book completely.

After reading this book I had the same reaction, I put the book down, stopped and thought about it and am still in fact thinking and processing. What does it mean to be human? When I hear them talk, I think of rain and water and crystal-clear rivers, and when I hear them pause, it is like a cascade of water over falls. He is the prison’s most notorious death row resident, but his crimes remain untold.


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

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

I never seemed to get a sense of time or place from the novel and couldn’t identity with the story as a result. Those left behind by the brutal murders hold on to the belief that justice will bring closure in a reasonable period of time.

The reader should never think that Denfeld perceives her clients as blameless, or innocent. Denfeld is an author who writes what she knows. I am now a ready and willing captive. There are indeed monsters inside the stone walls, as there are monsters without, both drawn to the despoiling of innocence and beauty.

She has written a novel about identity, understanding, the roots of crime, the reality of prison life, the possibility for redemption, and the ability of people to use imagination to rise beyond the purely material to the transcendent. There are moments in this novel of absolute beauty, and some great writing to boot. I could see her, lying in a sundress on faded rose-printed cotton sheets, the book splashed open in the sunlight. Our narrator chooses to read voraciously and live in a fantasy world.

Sometimes, when reading a book, I would think of the other people who might have touched it before it was donated.

It felt almost like being in a trance, her writing is just mesmerizing, and even though much of the book is dark and occasionally heartbreakingly unpleasant, her writing is so beautiful that it lends compassion, breaking the spell of any ugliness.

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Can there be redemption for the horrific crimes these condemned men have committed? Many of the inmates and guards get by renfeld because they succeed in remaining unseen. But it is here. Our narrator uses books at first, “I know that when I read books about love, they are telling the truth. It is a critical examination of mass incarceration, violence, and the meaning of justice and hope.

Fiction Book Review: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Harper, $ (p) ISBN

My tears taste like salt, like blood, like the inside of a vast ocean” Like many people I had been putting off reading this book largely because I don’t really go for depressing literature and what could be more depressing than a story set on Death Row. Are they as pretty as a sound inside my head? Yet, I am mindful of the reasons Denfeld wrote this book and the manner in which she chose to tell it.

Joshua Yamamoto I e-mailed the Author and she said that she believed there were little men in the walls of her home when she was growing up.

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