Songs of Blue and Gold
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"Evocative and beautifully written" --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Songs of Blue and Gold by Deborah Lawrenson brought the best of Corfu back me. This is the story about two women: Melissa, an unhappily married archivist, and her mother Elizabeth, who on her death bed presents her daughter with a startling and mysterious key to her past: a copy of Collected Poems by Julian Adie, Lawrenson's fictional version of Lawrence Durrell. On the title page an inscription by the author reads: 'To Elizabeth, always remembering Corfu, what could have been and what we must both forget.'
So begins Melissa's journey from England to Corfu to the South of France in search of her mother's past relationship with Adie as well as an internal exploration of her own unhappy personal life. Structurally complex, the novel moves from Melissa's investigations to passages of Elizabeth's time spent on Corfu with Julian Adie to fictional biography book excerpts detailing Adie's many lives and loves. A timeless character who seduces all those around him both in life and after death, Adie acts as a bridge between Elizabeth's past and Melissa's present.Read more ›
title: A sensuous literary mystery
Just occasionally you pick up a book on a whim and find hidden treasure. This is one of those. "Infused with the spirit of Lawrence Durrell" and set in one of his magical places, Kalami in Corfu, the novel begins with an inscription in a book. It is essentially a book about a life in books, but what comes out of it is an inspiring and moving novel about love and loss, the tricks and twists of memory, and the unreliability of biography.
The inscription is to Melissa's mother Elizabeth, whose memory is all but gone; the words are written by the womanising poet and novelist Julian Adie (loosely based on Durrell), and hint at a romantic relationship that Melissa knew nothing about. Weighed down by grief and her own husband's affair, Melissa travels to Corfu to blot out the present by delving further into her mother and Adie's shared past. What she begins to find is profoundly disconcerting.
Anyone who knows Lawrence Durrell's work will find many of his themes subtly reworked, starting with Prospero's Cell. (Although it really is not necessary even to have heard of him to enjoy this, as it is a compelling and psychologically acute story in its own right.) The places where he lived and wrote about are beautifully recreated, and the landscape given a shimmer of sensuous lyrical magic that is truly transporting especially in the pages featuring Adie and Elizabeth.
Romance and intrigue are enhanced by rather than sacrificed to the main theme, which addresses the pitfalls of biography.Read more ›
The story revolves around Melissa. Melissa is in her 30s and her life seems to be heading nowhere. Her mother Elizabeth recently died after suffering from dementia for some time. Elizabeth gave Melissa a book just before she died, from the inscription it is clear that she had spent time on Corfu in the early 60s. Melissa knew nothing about this and is drawn to discover more about her mother's secret life.
Melissa arrives on Corfu and tries to find out more about the mysterious author who obviously knew Elizabeth intimately.
Lawrenson describes the lush and beautiful island of Corfu perfectly, from the beaches, the plants and most especially the people. The friendliness, the nosiness, the generosity and the secrecy of the small village - all are beautifully drawn.
This is an engaging story, written so beautifully.
This is the story of Melissa, who goes to Greece in search of her mother's secret relationship with Adie. The way she also finds out about herself whilst reading Adie's biography keeps the pages turning. I particularly liked the past/present format and the way the author examines identity and uncertainty.
Julian Adie, the central character, is loosely based on Lawrence Durrell and I'm now inspired to read some of his books too. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BOUGHT AT THE SAME TIME AS MY NEW KINDLE, AND ALONG WITH GERALD AND LAWRENCE DURRELL'S KINDLE BOOKS. I HAVE YET TO READ IT.Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by in-the-book
I chose this because I liked the cover & I wanted to read a book set somewhere warm - not the most rational of reasons for choosing a book. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by CHuBBie Founder
just love this book, the writing is just fab, the story is told really well and you feel right there, the book is so good i did not want it to end.Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by nickyhar
Before reading this, I was more aware of the work of Gerald Durrell, the naturalist and conservationalist, than his brother Lawrence, on whom the main character of this novel was... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by DubaiReader
Having been very disappointed with Deborah Lawrensen's 'The Art of Falling' I nearly gave this book away without reading it. Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by Kate Hopkins
This novel is reminisant of the writings of the Durrells, my all time favorites, so I was delighted to read this. Read morePublished on 25 April 2012 by Wendy McFarlane