- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (29 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749938978
- ISBN-13: 978-0749938970
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Star Gazing Paperback – 29 May 2008
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This was a joy to read from the first page to the last...Romantic and quirky and beautifully written (Lovereading * 'Shamelessly romantic tale set in Scotland with a blind woman.Her ability to 'see')
through music is beautifully handled. A fascinating love story (The Bookseller * 'A story of love, music, and nature...very engaging...an enjoyable novel by a reliably good writer')
"A read for diehard romantics with a bent towards environmental issues."See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Linda Gillard's writing seems to have so much feeling to it and I really cared what happened to Marianne and Keir. There's also Louisa and her relationship with the much younger Garth the Goth.
Because the main character is blind, there's a lot of description of Edinburgh and Skye, two wonderful settings. And the things Keir does to be able to describe surroundings to Marianne are very touching.
A lovely book, and one which I highly recommend. A 5/5 for me.
Linda Gillard is a fearless and inspired writer who understands how to make her readers travel through the pages, contentedly learning about the characters she crafts.
I read the last chapter of 'Star Gazing' when I need inspiring and it never fails to make me smile.
Music fills her world and she is a great lover of opera she says it "pours a vision of a wider world into her ears" (taken from chapter 1) she also tells us in the same chapter "music goes directly to her heart, it pierces her soul and stirs her with nameless emotions, countless ideas and aural pictures". Simply beautiful.
One of my most favourite parts is early on in the book when Marianne meets Kier whilst seated in Edingburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden 'listening' to the trees. She tells us in Chapter 2 that she can find her own way to the ‘Botanics’ as she has “memorised her route as a sequence of numbers”.
In chapter 2 Kier asks Marianne if she would like him to describe himself to her. She asks at one point “if the colour of your hair were a smell, what would it be?” at first he says “That’s a tough one. It’s a rich brown. Goes a bit red in the summer.” “Useless. I need smells” Marianne tells him. Then on the second attempt he gets it perfectly right “Walnuts. Walnuts when you crack them open at Christmas”. Isn’t that description so delicious? Linda Gillard has got descriptive writing down to a pure art form.
From this beautiful book I learned how to cherish the gifts I was born with, I take nothing for granted. I purchased and now often listen to some of the music mentioned in the book. I close my eyes and listen to it from Marianne’s viewpoint. I love to walk around my environment and take in everything, especially when strolling through the woods. I inhale my surroundings; I listen to the wind & rain in the trees.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I fell asleep wanting to read more and upon waking turned again to this compulsive book! Wonderfully descriptive and un- put- down-able!!Published 8 months ago by Jan bright
Incredibly interesting approach with fantastic characters and a real insight, sorry, into what it is to be blind, and an oil wife, and the author of vampire fiction.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
At one part in this book Marianne asks what book Keir would grab in a fire. My answer would be Star Gazing. It is beautiful, touching, funny and opened up different worlds to me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Quinn
I read all 7 of Linda Gillards books one after another. As soon as I finished one I started the next one, ending with STAR GAZING. Read morePublished on 3 April 2015 by Beth Ervin-Blackburn
This is a beautiful, imaginative and heart-felt story of a blind woman's courage and adventure into a future she's reluctant to engage trust. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by C. Kirby
I finished reading ‘Star Gazing’ by Lind Gillard this week. Someone recommended it to me as one of ‘the best books ever written’ and not sure about that claim, but I did enjoy it. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2014 by jaye marie
I have just finished the second reading of this story as it was so enjoyable on first reading.It really makes you think about all the things sighted people take for granted. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2014 by shelma