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The Rest is Silence by [Guelfenbein, Carla]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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As Carla Guelfenbein demonstrates in this intricately woven novel, the pursuit of individual fulfilment and happiness can lead ineluctably to tragedy. Subtle, clearsighted, and compassionate. - J M Coetzee
A beautiful novel - Grazia
From foreboding beginnings, The Rest is Silence progresses to a tragic climax ... a bleakly emotional novel. - *** Tina Jackson, Metro
[Written] with a refreshingly guileless passion... Guelfenbein is a steely truth-teller. - Adrian Turpin, Financial Times
In Guelfenbein's tender story, the unravelling of memories is a potent force... but as well as examining the role of memory in dealing with loss, The Rest is Silence is also about the redemptive power of love. - Lucy Popescu, Independent
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About the Author

CARLA GUELFENBEIN was born in Santiago, Chile, and lived in England for 11 years, where she took degrees at the University of Essex and Central St Martin's. Returning to Chile, she worked as Fashion Director for the magazine Elle, until she decided to become a full-time novelist and screenwriter. After a very successful first novel, Alma's Dreams, her second novel, The Woman Of My Life, was at the top of the best-seller for several weeks in Chile and translated in 12 languages. This is her third novel, but her first to be in English.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846272319
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DI9EE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It took me a while to get my hands on this one. So I could not wait to get started on it. From page one Guelfenbein manages to drag you into her story. This author has the rare gift to make every line she puts down on paper matter. It is a story woven together delicately with very well chosen words. The protagonists are constantly searching for that one thing that many of us would love to hold on forever. It also makes you reflect about the things that matter in life. The link to Hamlet is for sure very fitting.
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The Rest is Silence wasn't really what I expected. I expected the discovery of suicide to be an important plot point which sustained throughout the story. In fact it was more of a spark that starts a fire. It was referred back to, but it wasn't as much of a key point as I had anticipated, and actually the story may have worked without it (although it would have suffered somewhat if it was taken out).

The story switched through different voices. Tommy, the young boy, Alma, his stepmother, and Jaun his Father. The time also jumped around a little, especially in Alma's chapters. This was most obvious at the beginning of the story, and it made things a little confusing, and it did make it harder to get into the book.

There were, in effect 3 (or maybe 4) stories running through the novel, one for each character, but another where all the stories interlinked. It was interesting to see the different sides of a story, and the ways the stories deviated showed the fractures in the family.

I enjoyed Alma's story best, and I think I liked her best too. There was something quite strong about her, but she almost wanted too much control over her life, she didn't ever seem to just let things happen. Possibly I shouldn't have liked her, but there was something very easy to like about her. I think part of it was that Juan was shown as having quite a hard exterior, and although we saw his softer side he never seemed to understand that sometimes you have to show you're soft side and at others it's better to remain strong. We saw the contrast between the ways he and Alma interacted with people, and Alma came off better.

Tommy's story should have been the most interesting, but his voice didn't really work for me. Sometimes it felt like a child's voice, but most of the time it was a bit too adult, without and common sense.
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I bought this for 99p and I am so glad I did. It was well written and I really cared about all the characters. When the boy in hospital had his heart op and his life was hanging in the balance I really wished him to survive - I won't tell you what happened. I could emphathise with the points of view of all characters. A really good read.
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This book is about a young boy, Tommy, who is living with a hear defect.
It is written in chapters each of which narrated in the first person by either Tommy, his father Juan (a heart surgeon), or step-mother Alma. Therein was the first issue I found with the book, especially at first. It took me a while in the early chapters to cotton on to this approach, and once I had, I would still be several paragraphs in before I recognised which of the narrators I was listening to. This made it a little jarring at times.
I also felt there was quite a lot of side-stories going on which weren't all necessary. For example, there's a lot of detail about a case at the hospital which Juan is dealing with, which I'm not convinced was really necessary.
It's a good concept though, if perhaps not fully successful. I got this reduced to 99p over the Christmas 2012 period, and it was a bargain for that, but whether I'd feel the same at a full price I'm not so sure. So, worth a stab at a good price, but there are probably better at full price.
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Well written, this book draws you into the lives of the characters as they all search for solutions to their problems, in particular young Tommy.

The author describes how he deals with his heart problem and resulting isolation from a normal childhood. He is the central character surrounded by mystery and intrigue, in that there is a wall of silence regarding his mother's death.
Despite his disability he sets out to solve the mystery..

I couldn't put the book down.
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This is a delightfully written funny, sad book; the ending, while inevitable, left me shaken.
It was impossible not to empathise with each of the characters and wish they could open up to each other - had they found each other in time, they could have been spared so much pain and loneliness.
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When I read the blurb I was really taken with this book and was thinking of suggesting it for my book club. Whilst I did enjoy it it was slow going and didn't really grip me like I was expecting. It is very well written
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I really enjoyed this book and I thought the structure worked well for the different characters and their voices. It remains hauntingly with you long after you finish. I got it because it was the daily deal and would never have found it otherwise. So pleased I did. What a fine Chilean writer.
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