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Ghost Music [Hardcover]

Candida Clark
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4 Aug 2003
An English spa town in 1935 is made famous by an American novel: a love-story. Three years later, a young married actress travels there alone and finds the love-story itself, as she falls passionately in love with a young English man. Then, in the present, history seems to repeat itself when an English girl, haunted by the novel, visits the town and falls in love with a young archaeologist working there, and the tragic secrets of the pre-war love-affair are finally revealed.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (4 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755301021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755301027
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,068,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clark displays a rare sensitivity: she creates delicate emotional shades, and the rural sounds and smells of June...are startlingly fresh (Telegraph)

'The novel is a sort of dream fugue - a hypnotic treatise on nature, memory and desire...The landscape - peaty and sinister - has the force of a conscious presence' Time Out

'Pastoral sublime...I don't think I've ever read a better representation of the opposing loneliness, or separation, and total intimacy of romantic love, of a love affair...impressive how you track emotional perception and physical reality together, each embedded in the other. I wish I could do that...superb scene descriptions' Tim Pears

A haunting tale told in an original way (Vogue)

Candida Clark is justly known for stylistic virtuosity, for melancholy rhythms and mysterious evocativeness (Independent)

Hauntingly beautiful (Prima)

A serious and thoughtful work, exploring its complex themes with considerable sophistication and a delicate intensity...Ghost Music has its own undeniable resonance, continuing to echo powerfully in the mind after the last page has been turned (Guardian)

This moving novel confirms Clark's status as one of the best young writers of today (Sainsbury's Magazine)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 15 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had read some really great things about this book in various papers and magazines - quotes from which make up the blurb.
However, I was disappointed. There were too many similies, metaphors and other literary devices designed to enhance the language of the work, evoke images, create atmosphere etc which some of them did ( her acknowledgement of Seamus Heaney's 'Bog Queen' proves that she attempted to follow in the footsteps of a master). Most of the time, though, they just got in the way of the actual story which, when you got down to it, was relatively simple although interesting enough in itself to keep me reading, where otherwise I would have given up.
I have never read any of Clark's work before but have heard great things about her and am determined not to be put off by this novel. Recommended for holiday reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegaic and loving 5 Dec 2007
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This is a book worth persevering with. Written in three different present tenses, based around a town we actually learn very little about, this is a love story capable of captivating you until the last page. Clark has a light but beautiful touch and her characters' emotions are painfully real. I highly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Music 2 Oct 2008
By Mandy
This is a complicated and labourious read. I only persevered because it was a book club title. It is cluttered and overwritten. Far too many adjectives, metaphors and dreadful similies.
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