- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 597 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516820274
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: GRINDELWALD (9 Aug. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008VT0KHU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I liked the first one ("Sea Dust") a lot, but I loved "Through Glass Eyes" - maybe because there was more "Yorkshire" in it? That, too, but I think it was more because of the story spanning a longer time (25 years from 1895 to 1920) and went into more detail about the family members and friends of the main character, making some of them "main" characters in their own right.
By providing more detail about the people and accompanying them for a longer period made for a very good pace of the story, and a feeling as if the reader "knew" the people and places involved. There is both a sense of continuity and of change (some rather dramatic) to the book; maybe you think I'm contradicting myself here but that is the impression I had.
We first meet Lucy Oldfield when she is a maid at a big house. Coming into the possession of a very expensive doll, this doll stays with her for the next 25 years - being witness to all the changes, the good and bad times Lucy goes through.
The way the doll is always somehow part of Lucy's life is very cleverly written into the story. I also liked how realistic everything that happened was - no "happily ever after", but real things that happen(ed) to real people, such as friendship and love, loss and grief, crime and war, work and travel.
Just like with "Sea Dust", the reader can not guess from the start what the outcome will be, just like real life keeps throwing surprises at us - some pleasant ones, some less so.
I highly recommend "Through Glass Eyes" and wished the story to continue - maybe for the younger generation, Lucy's son and daughter-in-law?
Through Glass Eyes is one of those enchantingly exquisite gentle, and not so gentle journeys through time. It draws the reader along with an invitation to share intimate involvement in the affairs of the protagonist's life, Lucy Oldfield; the loves, hurts, joys and regrets of forty odd years. The powerless and powerful events and decisions that govern the future are all there to take, give, hold and live. Simply wonderful. I loved this book. I'm becoming something of a Margaret Muir fan. Five stars (worth at least six).
My biggest disappointment Margaret Muir , we need you to write more books.........
Through Glass Eyes is a family saga set in Yorkshire, starting in 1896. The author republished it independently after its first run under the previous publisher's chosen title of The Twisting Vine.
The cover is not impressive (a photo of a manor) but added to the classic-looking font chosen for the title, it does indicate that this is, indeed, an historical fiction book. Of mention is the presence of the title's doll on the back cover, which is a nice touch.
The story follows the life of Lucy Oldfield, from her troubles as a young maid to mature independence, traveling as far away as India and finally finding love. In true saga style, several side characters enter Lucy's life. Some will be integral part of the story, like her illegitimate son James and his love interests, Alice and Grace. Some will create serious trouble for Lucy and her friends, such as the fiendish Stan Crowther. The first World War's harsh reality colours the background of the saga, and then the collapsing of the British Empire is hinted at, along with the changes in society.
The events in the story are followed through the glass eyes of the doll Lucy steals at the beginning of the book. It would have been ideal to take advantage of the republishing to highlight the role and symbology of the doll, which is at times neglected. However, the narrative structure is strong and in firm hands, providing the readers with not only colour, historical accuracy and plenty of understated emotional turmoil, but also a very satisfying and moving conclusion.
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