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Songs of Blue and Gold Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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"Evocative and beautifully written" (Katie Fforde)
A timeless love story set in a lush, richly imagined Corfu, Songs of Blue and Gold is the gorgeous new novel by the author of The Art of Falling.See all Product description
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I ordered this book years ago from Amazon for holiday reading, but once I received it, I felt it was going to be too lightweight and romantically sentimental for me and I have, until now, put off reading it. Having finally got around to it, I'm sorry to say that I was right in my assumption - but I can't explain more fully without revealing too much of the story and spoiling it for those who have yet to read it. In addition, the author makes a point of stating at the beginning of her book that although she based Julian Adie on Lawrence Durrell, she has "played fast and loose with his chronology… to give an impression of the author's life without providing in any way an accurate portrayal" - which made me wonder why she didn't just create her own character and left herself even more free to go wherever she wanted to with this story. That said, Ms Lawrenson's descriptions of Corfu and the south of France were beautifully done and parts of this novel were enjoyable to read and for those looking for a light, undemanding holiday read, this might just fit the bill.
A daughter visits Corfu to find out about her mother's time there and discovers 1960's life in Corfu, questions her mother's relationship with a famous writer - (based on Lawrence Durrell), and at the same time deals with problems in her own marriage. Also dealt with are the subjects of aging, celebrity & truth.
I found the story line was intelligent and the characters well developed - more than your typical holiday read.
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