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The Blind Contessa's New Machine [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Carey Wallace , Aasne Vigesaa

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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441881344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441881342
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential prose floats over the world of the sightless 29 Aug 2010
By Holly Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Carolina, a newly engaged woman surrounded by the beauty of a 19th century Italian villa, revels in her daydreams until she realizes she is going blind. Her family worries if their villa's shady garden can sustain a grove of lemon trees while Carolina observes rather than fears her encroaching blindness.

Ironically, Carey Wallace's evocative prose is awash with images that invite the eye to retrace many a sentence. The author then masterfully invites us into the world of the sightless with descriptions of the other senses spilling over each page. "The woods chatter." "The insect's strong body beat against her eyelids." "Sugar. She lifted her finger from her tongue." Under Wallace's pen, Carolina experiences the world so clearly, we are stunned to discover that she needs a writing machine. I need not comment about the love story in the plot as other reviewers have. Frankly, plot was quite secondary in this reader's mind to the perception of how well Carolina lived in her dark world. When her other senses do not give her enough, she wills her dreams to take her to places where she can envision what she loves.

This extraordinary debut novel moved me with its insight and eloquence. I disagree with the review that cited blindness as being the central idea in the book. I found the novel remarkably illuminating and an absolute delight to read.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and heart-wise 3 Jun 2010
By N. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Timeless emotional resonance, well-drawn characters we can understand and care about, a unique sense of place and time in early 19th century Italy... The Blind Contessa's New Machine is a beautiful story, a psychologically elegant romance, and a deep pleasure.

I finished this slim volume (just over 200 pages) in one sitting, reading into the early morning hours. When I closed the book the first words that came to my mind to explain how I feel about it to others were these: "This book makes me believe in the power of art (literature) again."

While it took me a few hours to accept the conclusion, I now think the author's resolution of the story was true-to-life, more honest than the desires of readers like me.

An entrancing and heart-wise first novel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful fairy tale 6 Aug 2010
By Sara A. Pauff - Published on Amazon.com
A love story, based on the tale of how the first typewriter was invented -- which I thought was an intriguing concept and the reason I picked up the book at the library. The story has simple, fairy tale-like quality to it, especially in descriptions of the fantastical dreams the Contessa has after she goes blind. The writing is clear and poetic and only rarely descends into sappiness. The story's not terribly complex and therefore, might not hold up to a second read, but I could be convinced to pick it up again and would definitely pass it on to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget's Review 12 July 2010
By bridget3420 - Published on Amazon.com
Carolina's eyesight is growing dim. Neither her husband-to-be nor her parents acknowledge this fact, but Carolina has found a way to accept what has happened. When her sight is completely gone, she escapes the real world into a land of endless possibilities. She says goodbye to real life and enters a world where she can fly free. The only person who is truly there for Carolina is Turri. When he constructs the first typewriter, for her, they tumble into a passionate love affair.

I fell in love with this book! Turri is the kind of guy every girl wants - one that will do anything for her because he wants to, not because it's expected of him. I would say that this book rivals The Notebook. Romance fans everywhere will happily jump into Carolina's shoes because she may not be able to see the outside world, but she can see love in a way that most people never do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancers in the dark 16 Jun 2010
By Kieri - Published on Amazon.com
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A lovely first novel - bittersweet historical romance tempered with a hefty dose of magic realism. Hard to believe it is a first novel, as Carey Wallace weaves gorgeous mental tapestries with every word (the story clocks in at about 200 pages, and Wallace really does make every word work for its space). As Carolina's blindness progresses, the details become sharper - every last sight is documented, then every smell, every sound, every touch...

I would almost rather recommend this book to fantasy fans then historical romance fans. There's something very Patricia McKillip about this novel.
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