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Lovesong Paperback – 6 Sep 2002

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330372939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330372930
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lovesong is a lovely, lyrical creation that has melody and melancholy aching through its sentences... bewitchingly good' Elle, Book of the Month

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Lillie has come a long way from the shimmering heat, big skies and rocky mountains of her home. A long way not just in terms of distance, but in terms of experience. For it is here in England, a land of cold, scuffed and tumbling streets, that she finds the love she has needed for so long. Lovesong is a romance, but it is also a tightly woven thriller, a sumptuous and truly extraordinary work. Drawing on the themes of displacement and home that threaded through her previous novels, Gemmell has crafted a gripping plot, peopled it with sympathetic characters and enfolded it in language of startling originality and beauty. ‘Lovesong is a lovely, lyrical creation that has melody and melancholy aching through its sentences . . . bewitchingly good’ Elle, Book of the Month ‘A strange and lovely novel . . . The plot, carefully wrought, surprising but utterly convincing, rushes the protagonists across the world and back, through layers of innocence, love, guilt and sacrifice, to the ultimate end – and beyond – to the hope of a new generation’ – The Times ‘An arrestingly strange love story . . . it’s punchy but poetic and above all, heartbreaking’ Glamour, Must-read of the Month ‘One of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time’ Time Out, NY

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Format: Paperback
Wonderful to read.
Lillie, the main character in the book, is a troubled youth trying to find life from one continent to another.
It's romantic, yet displaced characters can be often identified with....A mother, uprooting herself from the country of her birth, to fall in love with a man from America and stay there, her daughter, Lillie, being sent to stay with her Grandfather, back in England, a man set in his ways, but with a rebel understanding in his heart....an aunt, so utterly British, A man, who uses women, another desperately in love...all entwined with the main character, who's lost in herself....and wants to discover life.
A novel haunting, intense and beautifully written, different and set apart the author conveys this in her style of writing, that's so addictive.
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Format: Paperback
This book was absolutely amazing. The writing style is superb and draws you in and made me not want to put the book down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a book which is not instantly forgettable but stays with you. Fantastic. I will definitely be reading other books by Nikki Gemmell.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Love Song is the third novel by Australian author, Nikki Gemmell. It is narrated by Lillie Bird, a young woman who has lived in a cloistered community all her life. For the final eight years she has been kept in virtual isolation by her parents due to an incident when she was just thirteen. All she knows of the outside world is what she reads in books and magazines, and hears on her short-wave radio, brought by a visiting librarian. When she reaches adulthood, she is impatient to gain her freedom, find love and truly start her life: her parents send her to stay with her grandfather in England. The narration takes the form of an expectant mother writing down her story for her unborn child (thus creating intrigue: who is the father? Where is he now?). It switches continually between first and third person and lacks quotation marks for dialogue, both of which can be irritating and confusing, so Gemmell is making the reader work for the pleasure of reading the gorgeous, often sensuous prose. “Like an orphan I could veer from loving too much to not loving at all: opening out like an anemone that’s softened in the tide’s silky swirl and then jamming up tight if anything prodded, got too close” and “The day’s finding its feet, behind a first scrim of cloud there’s a higher heaven and I smile at the optimism in the sky and it dawns on me then, as the train slows through the city that’s never clean, that this freedom should be seized and not worried at” are two examples. Gemmell gives the reader characters with depth and appeal (or occasionally repellence) and her plot has a few twists to keep it interesting. The story is quite slow-moving at first, but perhaps this is meant to give the reader a taste of the impatience that Lillie feels. Exile, self-sacrifice, freedom, love, heartbreak, independence, confession, grief and a fundamentalist religious community are all part of this beautifully written love story.
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By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
"A mesmerising read about the triumph of the human spirit, but there's no mushy sentimentality - Gemmell's third book has the heroine Lillie Bird discovering joy and pain in her new life. It's punchy but poetic and, above all, heartbreaking."
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