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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (23 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957158408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957158405
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lolephine on 9 April 2012
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This was the first novel I have read by this author and I look forward to backtracking....it was a very moving read.

Joe, who is just 14 yrs old when we meet him and engage with him at his Aunts place in Amsterdam, quickly endears himself speaking directly and openly to us. The relationship which develops between the reader and Joe inevitably becomes intimate.
As with a previous reviewer I made the assumption that Joe has autism (from various clues) but even later in the book this is never clarified. Is it important to know? No I think I agree with Fiona Robins. Labels can be insidious. I enjoy meeting this boy, who moves into manhood, with his own unique personality and without prejudgment. In my opinion this was the message of the novel. Joe is different but so are you and so am I. Let us love one another because of our differences - not in spite of them.

Fiona writes with great perception and sensitivity. Intense observational skills and an eye for detail kept my attention and interest.
You won't be disappointed!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mel MJ on 5 April 2012
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Finding the beauty in dysfunction is a hard task but Fiona Robyn has managed to achieve just that. Her characters are warm and engaging and I quickly grew very fond of Joe, in spite of (or maybe even because of) his imperfections. Now I've finished the book I find that I miss him.

The story unfolds languidly, which isn't to say that the plot is slow, more that there is a pleasurably relaxed flow to it. Indeed, I completely lost myself in it for some time, then "came to" and had almost forgotten that I wasn't actually a voyeur in Amsterdam.

There is a whole gamut of emotion here: tenderness, frustration, humour, anger, all cleverly captured in language that demonstrates clearly without being obvious. A classic example of show, don't tell. There are unexpected twists and the final reveal (and the reason for the title) had me in tears, mourning the loss of something that never really was coupled with regret that it could never be.

I loved this book. I will read it many more times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol on 5 July 2013
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I love contemporary fiction and I have to admit I didn't know whether I really liked this book until about 3/4 of the way through. It's worth reading to the end and not giving up if you feel this way. The writing technique is different, it gives you the minutes and doesn't cut to the action/emotion. It drags things out as real life does. Like a documentary only more honest. By doing this the impact is greater. There are no twists (well, none that you won't have guessed), no hilarity, no great emotion, except that which you will feel yourself, it ekes it out of you rather than manipulates it from you. It's very well done and I congratulate the writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KittyKate on 6 Jan 2013
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This is the second of Fiona's books I have read and it did not disappoint. Her ability to write the thoughts of another person with such detail and realism is truly engrossing and I will soon be devouring her other two novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on 3 Jun 2012
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The book arrived fairly promptly. I really enjoyed it. Characters totally believable and quite 'different'. A good story with unexpected twists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MH on 31 May 2012
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The Most Beautiful Thing does what all good novels should do: it explores an aspect of the human condition. The protagonist, Joe, is a young man who has been psychologically damaged by the actions of others, and the reader is invited to travel with Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the past. With well-drawn characters, some beautiful descriptions and great sensitivity, Ms Robyn has dealt with a difficult subject with insight and skill. The Most Beautiful Thing is a book which I am very glad to have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna S on 20 May 2012
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This isn't the sort of book that I normally read, being more a fan of historical fiction, but I was drawn to TMBT by the lovely cover and the engaging opening. I found Joe's story exquisitely told, with a beautiful sensitivity to feeling, and thoroughly believable characters. Though dealing with sadness, loss and illness, the story was full of humour and lightness. I didn't want it to end - and felt illuminated by the love in this book.
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