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The Devil's Music [Kindle Edition]

Jane Rusbridge
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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'This intricately structured, brilliantly observed modern take on a family saga is both passionate and moving and the prose snaps, crackles and pops with gorgeous detail' Lesley Glaister 'Vividly and intensely written' Jane Rogers, author of Mr Wroe's Virgins 'Jane Rusbridge has a gift for evoking both characters and place - The Devil's Music was pure pleasure to read. Sensuously written and beautifully woven together, the various strands of the story converge in a heartrending - and heartwarming - climax' Kathy Page, author of The Story of My Face 'The Devil's Music is that rare thing, a novel that is as bold as it is subtle. It's a powerful and deeply affecting story of the bond between a mother and her children. It's also a sharp expose of the devastating effects of the taboos that govern motherhood Jane Rusbridge is a brilliant new voice. She evokes hearth-and-home in 1950s Britain with terrific delicacy. This story is fresh, vivid - and startlingly contemporary' Alison MacLeod, author of The Changeling

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It is 1958 and the Sputnik satellite has taken a dog up into space; back on earth, five-year-old Andy has a new sister, Elaine - a baby who, his father insists, is ‘not quite all there'. While his parents argue over whether or not to send Elaine away, Andy sleeps beside her cot each night, keeping guard and watching as his mother - once an ambitious, energetic nurse - twists away into her private, suffocating sadness.


Knots keep treasures safe, Andy's rope-maker grandfather tells him, and, as he listens to stories of the great Harry Houdini, Andy learns the Carrick Bend, the Midshipman's Hitch and the Monkey's Fist. Then a young painter, hired to decorate the family's house, seems to call Andy's mother back from the grief in which she is lost. But one day, at The Siding - the old railway carriage that serves as the family's seaside retreat - Andy is left in charge of his baby sister on a wind-chopped beach, where he discovers that not all treasures can be kept safe for ever.


Three decades later Andrew returns from self-imposed exile to The Siding, the place where his life first unravelled. Looking back on the broken strands of his childhood, he tries, at last, to weave them together, aided by his grandfather's copy of The Ashley Book of Knots and the arrival of a wild-haired, tango-dancing sculptor - a woman with her own ideas about making peace with the past.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (6 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074759869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747598695
  • ASIN: B002VQ7QB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ROOK 'conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages' Times Literary Supplement

'the Anglo-Saxon material is genuinely fascinating and the writing itself is really fine - often lush and ambitiously poetic, but always controlled' Daily Mail

'intense, atmospheric and beautifully written' Joanna Briscoe

'The Devil's Music ...is a sharp exposé of the devastating effects of the taboos that govern motherhood. Jane Rusbridge is a brilliant new voice. She evokes hearth-and-home in 1950s Britain with terrific delicacy.' Alison Macleod

'Vividly and intensely written' Jane Rogers

Nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award 2011

Jane Rusbridge lives near the coast in West Sussex with her husband, a farmer. They have five children in their twenties. Jane is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of Chichester where she has been Associate Lecturer in English since 1999. Jane is also the recipient of the university's Lord Wolfendon Prize, the Philip Lebrun Prize for Creative Writing, a Bridport Prize and a FIsh Prize. Her novels are published by Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Circus.

www.janerusbridge.co.uk

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought provoking first novel. 14 July 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This first novel by author Jane Rusbridge caught my eye because it starts with a Glossary of Knots! I put it on the To Read pile. Then I picked it up and read the first chapter; a bad habit. Then I had to read it.

The book is stylishly written with an attention to detail which put me right back in the late 50s/early 60s of my childhood. The construction of the novel is cleverly designed to draw you in; well, it drew me in.

The opening chapter details a moment of everyday ordinariness which turns, in a split second, into a moment of nightmarish, life-changing horror. That tiny fraction of time when a life changes for ever.

The book is composed in five parts. In the first part, apparently unconnected stories of different people in differing times and places are laid down. The second and third parts find these stories touching, crossing, connecting and becoming clearer. In the fourth part of the book, the beauty of the pattern of this story has emerged and in the final part all strands are joined in a satisfying and interesting way. Rather like the tying of a complex knot I guess.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters written from the perspective of a nine year old boy, reminding me of Dirk Bogardes wonderful 'Great Meadow'. How might you feel when faced with a plate of Spam, lumpy mashed potato and beetroot? Yuk!

Very British, pleasingly understated and written in an entertaining style, the book touches on issues of interpersonal relationships, obsession, social taboos even the borderline-autism of the male mind.

I was left with a slight regret when I finished the book and feel a little jealous of those who haven't yet read it. That's how I usually feel when I finish a great book.

Thus, five stars.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A beautifully written story that will take you back to the 50s; you'll be captured by lino, candlewick bedspreads and apple snow as much as the memories of days on the beach!

With vivid portrayal of relationships and a brilliant ability to bring to painful life the contrasting realities of their experience; this writer still leaves you with a sense of hope.

This is an amazing first novel and one that is hard to put down. It's depth is enthralling - don't miss it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous summer read 5 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
An enthralling tale- I really cared about the characters and their intense relationships.The threads of the story were woven together so cleverly building to a thrilling climax.
Jane Rusbridge has written a novel which has a central theme of knots, quite unique in my reading experience. Beautifully worded descriptions evoked strong nostalgia for the seaside holidays of my childhood.
This is story telling at its best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Story in knots 4 Jun 2013
By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A family in 1950's Britain who have a daughter, Elaine, who is classed as mentally deficient. Andy the elder brother remembers a tragic accident on a seaside holiday and soon afterwards his mother disappears. The book is narrated by Andy as a child in the first person and also by himself 30 years later as an adult the mother's voice is narrated in the second person. Although I can see the reason why Jane Rusbridge chose this medium to tell her story I found it difficult to truly engage with her emotionally despite the tale she was telling being a tragic one.

I really enjoyed Andy's childhood narration, his fascination with knots and his deep relationship with his `Grampy' were both authentic and touching and his childhood fears were understandable given his father's irascibility. I also loved the front pages with illustrations of the knots that Andy learnt to tie at his grandfather's knee which went hand in hand with his childhood obsession with Houdini.

I didn't like Andy's adult voice though; he has become a wanderer leaving his younger sister to shoulder the burden of his father's death without his support. For me he became an unsympathetic character.

The author raised the stakes with her ending which I thought extremely fitting that certain conclusions are left to the reader to imagine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Music. 5 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
From the opening tragedy and the melancholy of an English seaside in winter, this story draws the reader in. The strands of the tale are told from two alternating viewpoints - which are subtly drawn together and then spliced with finely wrought detail. The two principal characters, a mother and her son, are portrayed when he is a nine year old in the late 1950s; and again, thirty years later. Tension is built up almost imperceptibly throughout the story until events unfold into final gnosis and then catharsis.

This a beautifully put together novel which revels in almost photographic detail in its human interactions. The story is both powerful and gloriously sensual and leaves the reader unable to put it down until it is finished. We hope for more from Jane Rusbridge.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Tale of Difficult Choices 13 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Devil's Music

Jane Rusbridge writes with great skill - revealing the deep and often dark secrets of a family that must struggle with more than its fair share of difficulties, tests and choices. The characters are finely drawn and fully developed so that we are allowed to see their trials from their perspective as she takes turns letting them carry the story forward. She brings events and moods to life in a painterly fashion, her control of language and its nuances being really quite exceptional.

The novel explores family tensions and turmoil in a vivid and often troubling manner as the adults wrestle with demons and disappointments that disrupt the lives of the children. Years after the horrific events of the first chapter, the children, now grown, are still trying to manage the emotional damage that ensued. Rusbridge reveals their adult difficulties with compassion while gradually revealing some surprising twists to the family's story that settle some of the mysteries that have hovered throughout the early chapters.

I look forward to more novels by Jane Rusbridge. She has a rare talent for character, psychology, mood and scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting layering
I enjoyed this book a great deal and enjoyed the way it was written with each character recalling the events from the past.
Published 18 days ago by Keggas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Great story, but a limitless difficult at the start of each chapter to tell who's narrating. Would defo recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Helen Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the past.
Andy facesup to his past when his sister summons him home. The narrative that alternates in flashback between his mother and his ten year old self shows how perspective is so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. ROBINSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, tender and sad ...
Beautifully written book, with well crafted characters and a heart rending story line, showing how one moment in time can change the destiny of all those involved - but is that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SunnyB
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book.
if your drawn to books about looking back as well as onwards, the way childhood effects life and relationships, you will enjoy this book.
Published 2 months ago by BLOORBABE
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing beautiful book
This was a fabulous book which really drew you into the story, and all the storylines swirled around to really keep you in the world of Andy and Susie without an excessive amount... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lady Flashhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and funny - compelling throughout
An insight into the mind of a young man with Asperger's and the tale of a complex family. All very well told indeed.
Published 3 months ago by moorlander
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely never again
I thought Rook was bad enough, but this? It's so much worse - flitting here & there, with people you wouldn't want to know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by musiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devils Music
Thge book is crqfted in a way that keeps you on your toes. the characters are v interesing & the plot is great a real page turner
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Alison Marchant-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
I loved the relationships and really cared about the outcomes. So many unanswered questions and sub-plots - my kind of book. My childhood days well represented.
Published 5 months ago by Ann David
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