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'A moving, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social world, its people and its values.'
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'Quirky, darkly comic, heartfelt and original.' --Sunday Mirror --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 506 KB
- Publisher : ORENDA BOOKS (15 July 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DFQ9SW7
- Best Sellers Rank: 203,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are perfectly portrayed too and as the book went on I became totally engrossed in the lives of Ben and Andrew. Even Ben’s dad, Will, started to grow on me by the end.
The book deals with some difficult subjects very well. It is a moving read which will stay with me for a long time.
The LGBTQ themes explored in this book are handled sensitively and very well. The fear and anxiety felt by Ben at the thought that his family will reject him will, I imagine, ring true with many LGBTQ, and non LGBTQ, readers.
This is beautiful and thought provoking book. At its heart it is a tragic love story, but dig deeper and it is so much more than that. It is a look at the issues surrounding sexuality, acceptance, deception and the emotional fall out from dealing with an earth shattering tragedy. If this is your first foray into the world of Louise Beech then welcome – there are three more books to discover. I envy you.
Louise Beechs' writing style is different in all of her books I've read and in this book I could almost feel the characters in the same room as me and for most of it just wanted to hug both Ben and Andrew (the main characters). I suppose as the storyline unfolds some of the turns are obvious yet at the same time they really took my breath away as being so unjust and unseen.
For me this story has "movie" written all over it and I just hope if it is made into a film they do it justice as its an absolutely fabulous book.
Her writing is exquisite, how anyone can convey such emotion with words is amazing, I'm blown away by it. For example, 'the words knotted Ben's stomach, like ribbons just too tight around a gift.'
Louise Beech is now one of my favourite authors ever.
Fate had an uncanny way of throwing together Ben and Andrew, normally because of some sort of accident but from the first time they met they were like a magnet and metal, impossible to keep apart. Set in the UK and Zimbabwe the contrasts are dramatic, with all my senses, not just sight, being constantly fooled on every page, the colours of the landscape and smells of the lion cub nursery, and the softness of the lion’s coat, all so expertly and vividly brought to life. While in the UK it was like a marathon of my emotions were being set alight, I am talking extremes, the everything that is ecstasy to the emptiness when you have nothing left. That is when Louise Beech’s writing jumped the barrier from being brilliant to having that extra pinch of pixie dust because it was pure magic!
The characters felt so real with their fears and secrets, their wishes and dreams. I loved the wish box which made me want to click my heels, close my eyes and chant I believe in magic because I wanted Andrew and Ben to be together forever, with every wish they made to come true. This is such a beautiful love story but don’t think for one moment that this is all sugar and spice because this is far beyond what you first think. This story knocked me on my butt so many times that in the end I wanted to curl up and stay there total traumatized.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a tremendous winner. A truly memorable read and in my top three books of the year. Breathtakingly perfect!