- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 745 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Beehive Books (30 Sept. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005RDS02A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's written in an almost dreamy way, as if the author was writing it in an alternative state of consciousness. Like a river, the story meanders across different landscapes, and the journey is the important thing, not the destination. This does mean there are some unexpected plot-points, which I note that a couple of other reviewers struggled with, but having read several of Vivienne Tuffnell's books now, I have come to love the lack of contrivance in her work. She never manipulates the reader towards a certain point, the story just goes where it needs to go.
Recommended, especially for overwhelmed parents and artistic types feeling squeezed and needing some understanding. I benefited from my time spent with Isobel in her slightly creepy cottage.
There is part of the story which deals with Maggie, a local woman artist who has a chaotic and alternative lifestyle but there are no redeeming qualities and while she may have a symbolic part to play in the story, I found her a little two dimensional.
Guy, the disabled flautist, provides a new direction to her thinking and the breakdown becomes a breakthrough. He says, more or less, what I would have hoped someone would have said to Isabel in terms of background information. I am not so convinced about his concept of soul fragments but don't dismiss it.
Isabel was denying the fact of death and change and needed to withdraw into her self to make connections with those streams of consciousness which lie within and beyond our separate individualities. There is little growth until we embrace the negative (so-called) parts of our soul. She was prompted by the psychic forces or beings which inhabited the cottage.
Her clergyman husband had no idea what they were dealing with which, sadly, seems true of most, not all, of the modern churches.Read more ›
But then the author brings in another element. In the isolated cottage where Isobel goes to paint (art, not decoration!) strange things begin to happen...
Introducing the supernatural is not easy to do. It's one thing to have weird things occur in a story which is obviously fantasy or horror: but to bring these elements into a normal, everyday world without it seeming contrived or just ridiculous takes some skill. It's something that I as a writer aspire to myself: Vivienne Tuffnell shows how it's done. Through these events, Isobel comes to a deeper understanding - not so much of fairies (which are not at all what you might think) but of herself, and of the deep issues of grief and pain and creativity that she must confront and deal with.
The story is well structured and smoothly written throughout. My only (very minor) criticism is the occasional repetition of the same word in consecutive sentences, which broke the flow slightly, but didn't detract from my enjoyment of the writing. And 'Away with the Fairies' is much more than just an enjoyable story. It deals with some serious issues and does so with compassion, understanding and hope. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read 'Away with the Fairies' as a diversion from my usual science fiction or fantasy books and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Write SF
This is a marvelous, wonderful book -- "well written" doesn't begin to describe it. It affected me so strongly and I identified so closely with the main character that at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kayrs
The first book I've read for a while in which I became totally involved. The characters were believable to the point where at times I wanted to slap some of them and not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ailsa Abraham
An intriguing and different book with believable characters and a well-described setting. A refreshing change.Published 9 months ago by Amika
Unlike the other novels I have read by the author, it took me a while to get into Away With The Fairies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kitty Wilhoite
An absorbing and page-turning novel interweaving several elements which are of great personal interest to me. Read morePublished 16 months ago by S. Robinson
We all need to take time for ourselves. This book showed what can happen when emotional crisis happens and energy goes out the window. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Relly
This was OK - readable with an unusual theme, but the way the characters were presented was only just above the chicklit level. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Euphemia Black
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