The Most Beautiful Thing Paperback – 23 Feb 2012
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The story unfolds languidly, which isn't to say that the plot is slow, more that there is a pleasurably relaxed flow to it. Indeed, I completely lost myself in it for some time, then "came to" and had almost forgotten that I wasn't actually a voyeur in Amsterdam.
There is a whole gamut of emotion here: tenderness, frustration, humour, anger, all cleverly captured in language that demonstrates clearly without being obvious. A classic example of show, don't tell. There are unexpected twists and the final reveal (and the reason for the title) had me in tears, mourning the loss of something that never really was coupled with regret that it could never be.
I loved this book. I will read it many more times.
Joe, who is just 14 yrs old when we meet him and engage with him at his Aunts place in Amsterdam, quickly endears himself speaking directly and openly to us. The relationship which develops between the reader and Joe inevitably becomes intimate.
As with a previous reviewer I made the assumption that Joe has autism (from various clues) but even later in the book this is never clarified. Is it important to know? No I think I agree with Fiona Robins. Labels can be insidious. I enjoy meeting this boy, who moves into manhood, with his own unique personality and without prejudgment. In my opinion this was the message of the novel. Joe is different but so are you and so am I. Let us love one another because of our differences - not in spite of them.
Fiona writes with great perception and sensitivity. Intense observational skills and an eye for detail kept my attention and interest.
You won't be disappointed!
Fiona Robyn really brought the characters to life and I wanted to find out what happened to all of them. . . .I couldn't believe it when I thought one of the main characters had died - fortunately a false alarm. I enjoyed watching Joe grow up and beginning to make sense of the adult world and reading Robyn's description's of his adolescent struggles.
I am already looking forward to the next book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is something self-conscious and pretentious about this book and its blurb. There is an 'evangelical' flavour to the author's patronising notes in the back pages... Read morePublished on 24 April 2013 by Tilly Thumb
The Most Beautiful Thing was tough at first I must admit, but the good reviews I had read spurred me on to give the book a real chance. Well..... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by Victoria Adams
This is the second of Fiona's books I have read and it did not disappoint. Her ability to write the thoughts of another person with such detail and realism is truly engrossing and... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by KittyKate
This is a fantastic book, I could not put it down. It was a compelling story, beautifully written. I highly recommend this.Published on 13 Dec. 2012 by LPness
This is the second book I've read by Fiona Robyn. I loved "The Letters" and "The Most Beautiful Thing" is even better. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2012 by Kate Bacon
The book arrived fairly promptly. I really enjoyed it. Characters totally believable and quite 'different'. A good story with unexpected twists.Published on 3 Jun. 2012 by Maureen
This isn't the sort of book that I normally read, being more a fan of historical fiction, but I was drawn to TMBT by the lovely cover and the engaging opening. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by Anna S