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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View all 51 comments. 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. Some characters are named: As a child she made an imaginary World so real that she could feel and taste it today.

Who can forgive him? Corrupt guards who turn a blind eye to violence and male rape. There are indeed monsters inside the stone walls, as drnfeld are monsters without, both drawn to the despoiling of innocence and beauty.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! It eene 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 Astonishing, original, terrible, and exquisite. This is a read I found myself putting down frequently to contemplate. As I write this, a Defendant who murdered his son the day before the child was to be christened on Easter Sunday, remains on death row after sixteen years.


Parts renf the ending felt like Paul Thomas Anderson co-wrote the book, and I’m honestly not completely sure I “get” everything I should have from the ending, but I loved it.

The wild horses are merely running around in his imagination. She also looks through the eyes of the warden and the guards, offering keen insight. I am now a ready and willing captive. Visit the official Harlequin book site.


I feared it might be too gruesome and enchantex off reading it for a long time based on that fear. Well I was so, so wrong. What makes The Enchanted such a good book is not just in its strange, dreamlike atmosphere, but in its humanising of those imprisoned and facing death.

In my cell, I rise from the floor, covered in dust, and I wipe my hands across my face to taste it. A surprisingly beautiful book set in one of the most depressing places in modern society–prison’s death row. What kind of books do you like to read? That, in effect is the crux of the novel.

Yet, these Every once in a great while, a book enters my life and quick like ivy, its words and images rise and twist around my imagination and intellect. I loved the golden horses and the little men in the walls which turned out to be in the narrator’s mind but were delightful anyway.

The result has been a killing of the imposition of the death penalty by inches. And so this beautiful book will not sit on my book shelf: It rwne wrong to him. Early on in this story, I couldn’t help but wonder what might be her inspiration for this job she has chosen.


The lady has a gift, and I hope she keeps using it. I vow to give it a try, remindi Rne horses galloping underground. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

‘A fascinating insight into the prison system’ – The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – Bookmunch

Thanks to Laura Webber for her high praise and wonderful review of this book. No on deserves death more than someone like York or Striker or especially Arden. It seems wrong to him. Open Preview See a Problem? Be the first to discover new talent! View all 26 comments. It also possess philosophical touche at every instances. And being inside the complicated, brilliant, but sick head of the narrator as he astutely fhe emotionally observes the prison and the people within it, is chilling.

While he offers what comfort he can to the inmates, who can really see him? First, I love stories about institutions like this. Rene has also been a foster parent for 20 years, and is the happy mother to several children adopted from foster care.

This is simply one of the most moving books I have ever read.