Burning Bright Paperback – 3 Feb 1995
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A story of terrible innocence...with openings of unexpected love and grace worthy of Graham Greene (The Independent on Sunday)
Burning Bright is a beautifully constructed and thought-provoking novel, with a freshness that makes it outstanding (Sunday Telegraph)
Helen Dunmore beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller - to make you wonder what will happen next...one goes on addressing the problems of evil which Dunmore raises, long after one has finished her electrifying book (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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`Dunmore's darkest rainbow' Independent
`A story of terrible innocence' Independent on Sunday
`A seductive narrative illuminated with instants of visionary clarity' Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The book is melodious in it's narrative and it's characterisation is clever. I do, however, have one criticism; Nadine is 16, yet has the emotoional dexterity of a woman much older. I didn't feel that her thought processes were akin to that of a teenager, albeit an intelligent one, and this spoiled the flow for me somewhat. Though it is clear that Nadine has had an interesting upbringing, I did feel that this still did not allow for such astute and creative observations.
This aside, I am sure you will appreciate this novel for what it is. I know I'll be searching out more of HD's work...
Nadine is a wilfully naive character and difficult to relate to despite being easy to read. How many 16 year olds are happy to sit and cross stitch the day away while their boyfriend works in a job they know nothing about, and accept such scant attention from them when they are home? Kai is portrayed as charmless from the start, so it is difficult to see where the attraction lies, except in the convenience of having a place to stay once her parents have left (but this is never suggested to be her reason for being there). She is one of those passive characters who things just seem to happen to without any suggestion of action or reaction on her part.
In the absence of her parents, the presence of Enid fills a convenient gap for Nadine; and Enid's stories of her unconventional life and love affair in pre-war Manchester are interesting, despite seeming like something of a diversionary tactic in an otherwise slow-moving story. She has the job of explaining to Nadine the implications of her affair with Kai, after a fairly obvious outing/meeting with Tony and a client (which one would think would have already made things fairly clear to her).Read more ›
spell binding. read it and you'll know what i mean!
And what about Enid an old lady with a fund of stories about the Manchester Ladies' Club and an old murder case that has resonance in a different way for the politician. Enid is a sitting tenant, but how long before the big boys lose their patience with her, and with Nadine?
This hypnotically readable novel is a humdinger of a book, ticking all the boxes: brilliantly characterised, really well-crafted as a story - this is scary, seductive, and gloriously fulfilling. Dunmore has seldom written to better effect, this might not have won any prizes, but it's a real winner in my estimation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is sooooo amazing!
I love the story line and I just could not put the book down.
Well done Helen.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the other Dunmore novels I have read but found this one deeply dissatisfying, because it is pretty clear where it is heading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Norman Housley
Couldn't put it down and would constantly look forward to the next chance I got to read more!Published 16 months ago by Amber
I couldn't put it down, was sucked in to the excitement and fear and hope of Nadine and Enid.wonderful writing.Published on 17 Mar. 2014 by Patrice
Helen Dunmore's inimitable style comes once again to the fore in this probing story about a young girl living in a small block of city flats; her loneliness, her vulnerability and... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2011 by Carly Killingbeck
Helen Dunmore writes some of the most exquisite prose of literature today in this tale of Nadine, an innocent young runaway who becomes involved with a corrupt Finnish property... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2011 by Kate Hopkins
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I can't believe how many typos there were in this book. Is it done by a weird robot? Read more