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- Print Length: 288 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009UFEADE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,000,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Narrated by Stella, all events are filtered through her consciousness, but as seems to happen with Doolaege's novels, the POV character takes something of a back seat in order to turn the spotlight on other characters. There are some marvellous characters in 'Candlepower', though none more delightful than Rose. Of course, the other thing this author does so well is evoke the atmosphere of a Paris unseen by tourists, making the reading a satisfying, visual experience.
The question of who and what Rose is permeates the entire story. She's an ethereal being and I spent a lot of time wondering if she was meant to be real. She lives alone in a Paris apartment opposite Stella, teaching and playing beautiful music, creating exquisite patchwork quilts by candlelight (she shuns electricity) and talking to the birds.
It is when Stella's canary, Topaz escapes through the window that Stella first meets Rose. Unable the resist the attraction Rose has over all living creatures, Topaz leaves his tree and flies into her hands, and that's the beginning of a rather haunting friendship.
There is a beautiful poignancy about the way this story unfolds around the two almost-tragic females who find friendship in a world in which they are both slightly out of kilter. Bilingual Stella escapes from an overbearing mother, academic father, not-too-loveable brother and an unhappy love affair, into a Paris apartment she purchases with her beloved grandmother's legacy.Read more ›
In this novel, a young girl named Rose has a unique affinity with birds, who seem to be similarly entranced by and flock to her. However, there is something unexplained about her as well, as some people don't seem to like her. Is it envy that she has this unique connection with birds? Is it jealousy that she has her own private life and doesn't engage with others? Stella, the narrator of the story, tries to find out more about her, and the more she discovers, the more uniquely disturbing the story becomes.
I loved this story - the author is a very good raconteur.
The reader is intrigued by Rose, who lives an old-fashioned existence without electricity and the modern amenities that affords. She sits by candlelight and stitches beautiful quilts. Birds cannot resist her. They fly in at her window and when she walks down the street they follow her and sometimes alight on her shoulder. She is mysterious, never revealing anything about her own life or her family. And it seems it’s not just that she doesn’t want to join the modern age, but that electrical items actually break when she is near them. Not unsurprisingly, many of her neighbours regard her with a kind of superstitious fear.
The reader is also pulled in by the relationship Stella pursues with a man to whom she’s strongly drawn to and yet isn’t quite sure why and she can’t quite work out how he feels for her. There also seems to be something strange going on between him and Rose, but were they ever together? Is Rose bothered by the relationship?
This is a very well-written book with just the right amount of tension and intrigue. I just would have liked more of a concrete ending for Rose. You are left wondering a little.
Set in Paris France, Stella is a bit of a social outcast. She meets her neighbor Rose. Stella is fascinated with Rose and the unlikely pair become friends. Rose is a bit mysterious, some find her (Rose) a bit odd. But not Stella, she is captivated by her "uniqueness".
Rose does not believe in modern luxuries, such as electricity. But she does have a love of birds, and making quilts. As the two become friends, Stella faces some of her inner struggles, and even falls for a young man.
A well written fascinating story, told from Stella's point of view. I really liked Stella, she has some inner feelings she must comes to terms with. Rose is very likable. The more I read about her the more I liked her. And I loved the "mystique" around Rose.
I don't do spoilers so I won't say too much more. The story is very original, the prose flows with perfection on each page, and the atmosphere drew me in. Set in Paris added "charm" I really liked, the setting.
Overall I feel that Candlepower is a definite five star read and book lovers (or all genres) will greatly enjoy this fascinating, captivating, magical tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book,the author has such a marvellous way with words,conjuring up vivid word pictures in my minds eye with her wonderful power of description . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rose buck
Janet Doolaege created a mesmerizing spell of narrative in A Paris Haunting. But she has surpassed that novel with the magic of her story and characters of Candlepower. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barry W. K. Joe
Janet Doolaege conjures up the atmosphere of Paris so skilfully I found myself wondering exactly which is Stella's street and which metro stop she uses. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Queendido
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a page-turner, as was her first, A Paris Haunting. Doolaege seems to write effortlessly, enticing the reader in from the beginning. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs J D Pink
Doolaege does it again! A beautifully written tale, depicting the complexity of human relationships, interwoven with a hint of the occult. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pink
This book left me with mixed impressions. This is the very first book I’ve ever read that’s set in Paris and I really enjoyed learning all the bits and pieces about daily life... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Effrosyni Moschoudi
I loved this story. I have always loved Paris and Janet Doolaege conjures up the atmosphere so well. Read morePublished 19 months ago by jennytwist
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