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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408809842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408809846
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thomas E. Kennedy is an

astonishment, and In the Company of

Angels is as elegant as it is beautiful,

as important as it is profound. A marvel

of a read'

(Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)

'The combination of subtle, beautiful prose and searingly painful realities make In the Company of Angels a story that lingers in the intellect as pervasively as in the heart. An astonishing, wise novel of our times' (Liz Jensen, author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax)

'Tragic, wise, comic, profound ... An epic of the human heart struggling for meaning and redemption' (Literary Review)

'A moving love story woven from a delicate web of emotions ... remarkable' (Time Out)

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A luminous love story and an internationally acclaimed masterpiece, published in the UK for the first time

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
All-encompassing in its themes and scope and sensitive to the details which make it come alive, In the Company of Angels is an exhilarating novel, however traumatic its subject. Author Thomas E. Kennedy takes a close look at Chile during the Pinochet government (1973 - 1990), focusing on Bernardo (Nardo) Greene, an "ordinary" Chilean teacher school teacher who was imprisoned and tortured for two years for straying from the assigned curriculum. Kennedy also, however, examines the similarities between government-sanctioned (and encouraged) torture and other forms of torture, including spousal abuse, the repression of women, and the inaction of people who ignore crimes.

Ostensibly a love story between Bernardo (Nardo) Greene, a widower whose wife and son were "desaparecido" during his incarceration and torture, and Michela Ibsen, a forty-year-old Danish woman, a victim of spousal abuse, the novel examines many themes related to love and death, freedom and confinement, and the worldly and the spiritual. Greene is getting treatment in Copenhagen at a center devoted to the rehabilitation of torture victims, and he wonders if he will ever be able to trust a human again. His psychiatrist, Thorkild Kristensen, dedicated to Nardo's recovery, has his own problems, unable to "leave the job at work."

Though the reader becomes totally consumed with the stories of these vibrant characters, Kennedy's novel is not "just" a love story. Nardo has survived his torture because at the moment that he might have given up, he is visited by angels who take him out of his imprisonment long enough to remind him of a happier life and tell him that he will one day be free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burgmicester on 13 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are like me in your reading habits, you are always looking for that one book that will make you think. Instead of the mass market, same old story, we are looking for a different plotline from a real artist that will touch us with human frailties laid bare before us. This is that story.

Thomas Kennedy wrote this book as part of the Copenhagen Quartet in 1995. He has written twenty books and they are now starting to find their way to the U.S. In this book, Kennedy introduces us to Nardo, a well educated common man (former teacher) that has had a run in with the government in his home country and has moved to Denmark to escape those events. A caring and obsessive Psychiatrist puts his family and wife aside to help Nardo to overcome these haunting images and barbaric methods of his torturous treatment in the hands of his previous government. Moving into the storyline is the beautiful, often misunderstood, guilt laden Michela, whose poor choice of men seems an enigma. Additionally, Michela also has to deal with a dying father (cancer) and a mother with dementia as well as the past that this little family unit has had to endure.

The story is not fun or action packed, but each of us can find pieces of it that are real life drama in our own lives or in lives of people we've known. It draws out the many issues we, ourselves have had to endure in our own lives. It helps us to see that others are fighting this fight and that life is always a struggle. But struggle we must. We must continue to hang on - even with one hand, even if balanced on a trapeze while holding on as long as we need to extricate ourselves from the burdens of this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a novel, at once quite disturbing and then again quite enlightening. It takes place inCopenhagen, after the survivor, Nardo had been tortured by Pinochet for teaching poetry. His wife and son are among the missing, and he has come to Copenhagen for rehabilitation. It seems, the author, Thomas Kennedy has first hand knowledge of torture victims, he has worked with them at one of Copenhagen's centers.

This is also the story of Michela, a woman who was abused by her husband. She is mourning her child who committed suicide. Nardo's torture was so terrible, so despicable, he betrays no emotion. He has a great deal of difficulty discussing his torture. When he does and the floodgates open, this is a very difficult part of this book. Nardo speaks in the third person when discussing his torture, but he does talk about angels who gave him hope. Michelangelo meets Nardo when she visits her parents. His tale of torture and the angels is so extraordinary that she falls for Nardo.

The book is difficult at times to bear. Some of the writing moves so quickly from one subject to the other that I would at times lose interest. It was not until the unbearable scenes expressed of Nardo's torture that I felt compelled to finish.

Violence, torture, spousal abuse, and the healing power of love are all part and particle. A novel that does not leave one easily.

Recommended. prisrob 04-09-13
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