Gold Medal Winner,
This review is from: The Church of Tango: a Memoir (Kindle Edition)
This book was a Gold Medal winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Author: The Church of Tango
Title: Cherie Magnus
The readers thought the cover was excellent and the blurb well-written, enticing them to read the book. A number of them felt it was one of the best covers in the awards this year with a strong, central image and fun, easy-to-read fonts. One reader put in his feedback: ‘’I loved the design of the cover, in particular, the way the title was designed. It looks fantastic..’
Our readers very much enjoyed this novel. They thought it was insightful, often dark and totally unputdownable! They enjoyed the fact it was not just a book on dance but covered many aspects of your life including the joy of your children and the heartbreak of cancer and Alzheimer’s. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This book was excellent. It’s not just a biography and it’s not just a book on dance; it’s also a travel book.’
The characters the author met were also very interesting, but it was the central character (the author) who was the most intriguing. ‘A lot happens to the author and most of it seems to be bad but she keeps her head up, keeps smiling and keeps dancing. I found her inspirational.’ Another reader wrote, ‘It is hard to image so many terribly things happening to one person: her husband dying of cancer, her mother getting Alzheimer’s, the loss of her home, but she always finds a way to battle on. It was her spirit that made this book interesting.’
A few of the readers felt there was little structure to the book and that characters come and go with little explanation, but they also though this was one of the reasons it was so good. ‘The Church of Tango is not a perfectly structured novel, it is a complex story of a woman and, as with any life, people come and go, some details are remembered and some are not. This realism, this lack of structure was perfect for a memoir of this kind.’
The readers thought the book was well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. One reader wrote, ‘I did not find any errors in the book but, even if there were, the story was too good to worry about them.’
The readers thought the writing style was wonderful and the author's ability to describe characters/setting was well developed. They also thought the author dealt well with dialogue, writing it in a ‘relaxed, realistic and easy-to-follow’ way. One reader put, ‘’Style-wise, I thought this book was very easy to read; content-wise it was often sad, often upsetting. The author did a fantastic job with speech and also in the lucud descriptions of foreign shores.’
Of the 32 readers:
32 finished the book.
21 felt the central character was the best part of the book.
9 thought the way you worked with dialogue was the best part of the book.
2 felt your descriptive style was the best part of the book.
32 loved the cover and blurb.
32 would like to read another book by this author.
‘The inspirational story of a woman who travelled the world and faced her demons, all with a little help from dance. A GOLD MEDAL winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
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Initial post: 6 Oct 2014 18:11:32 BDT
Cherie Magnus says:
Just to correct the impression that this book is a novel; it is not, it's a memoir in which every event and person are real, even if some of the names have been changed.
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