- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 608.0 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909752312
- Publisher: Corazon Books (Historical/Saga) (25 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075MQSCBV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s a very personal collection of tales, In very few word you find yourself immersed like the events are playing out right in front of your very eyes. While it might be a quick read I found myself drifting in-between stories, rereading bits, contemplating events in my own life that seem so trivial now. It left a lasting impression.
It’s hard to pick a favourite from the collection but The Happy Island by Christopher M. Cevasco really hit me hard and I won’t forget it any time soon.
I challenge you to read this book and not be touched by it.
A major plus for this book is although this is a collective work by a number of authors it all fits together nicely. While the stories differ in setting the tone filters throughout the book to make it an easy flowing read.
It’s a touching collection of thought-provoking tales that I highly recommend.
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC copy of the book by Corazon Books to read but how could I read this and not buy my own copy..for me it was worth every penny.
What we each remember is subjective and this is a strong collection overall . A slim book but ample in content and much to be recommended. A really enjoyable read.
These range from S Pitt’s mysterious norse saga, Ice Bear, to The Hold Up, a cracking tale of highway robbery, which begins with flintlocks drawn on the road to Newmarket. Anne Aylor’s The Man with No Hands about the mindless brutality of the Spanish Civil War is given fresh impetus as Spain once more descends into political chaos.
Some are undoubtedly ambitious in structure. Take The Happy Island by Christopher Cevasco. Shanawidithit is a Beothuk native Canadian who loses her sense of time when she is shot early on in her life. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, leaves her with a somewhat confused grasp of the narrative of her own life and unfortunately this reader along with it.
The Innkeeper’s Banquet glimmers with menace. Lisa Kesteven’s 17th century Antwerp hostess with the mostest delivers course after lavish course to 10 gluttonous and ungrateful brothers, ladling the suspense generously until the final, epicurean denouement .
In the very wonderful Salt, Lorna Fergusson captures the unremittingly bleak lives of a bunch of Scottish girls, driven south by poverty to work gutting and salting fish. Her keen ear for dialogue, together with the bracing realism of her writing, make this a compelling and memorable tale.
Jeffrey Manton’s The Fat Lady Sings could not present more of a contrast, as it follows the headlong dash of the pampered Duke and Duchess of Windsor through Europe on the eve of the second world war. The viewpoint is that of the much-maligned Duchess and here she is every bit as superficial and spoilt as previous accounts have painted her. What Manton does so cleverly is weave her brittle self-absorption into the bigger picture. Off stage we have the colossus of Churchill, desperately trying to keep numerous plates spinning. Meanwhile, the Duchess suffers in tightlipped silence, as her craven husband wrings his hands apologetically for his failure to snag her an HRH while trailing cigarette ash in her wake. And the fat lady? Only someone who thought you could never be too thin or too rich could be that spiteful. Marvellous stuff.
Inevitably a subjective opinion but for me, the best were the clever evocation of Wallis Simpson's viewpoint in Jeffrey Manton's 'The Fat Lady Sings', 'The Happy Island' by Christopher M Cevasco - bringing to life a strange and distant time and culture and Jasmina Svenne's well-handled description of the tragic aftermath of WW1 for ordinary people.
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