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The Visitors Kindle Edition
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This is the story of an extraordinary young girl, Adeliza, set in late Victorian England and her battle to understand the world she lives in as a blind deaf girl. She is extremely isolated although she does have contact with the Visitors who appear only to her and give her extra insight into many situations.
Her life becomes less insular though when she meets Lottie who befriends her and teaches her to use a form of sign language and this is such a revelation for Adeliza and allows her to finally communicate with those around her and she soon becomes much more confident and a very brave young woman as she deals with love, loss and all that comes with the harshness of War.
The Visitors that she sees are never too far away and this adds an almost magical element to the story as she gets to see that there is often more to a story than meets the eye, and gives her an advantage over others which is even more remarkable considering the start she has had to her life.
A beautifully touching and inspiring story - highly recommended
The scene where she sees her father emerge from the farm building was one of the most moving and disturbing moments that I have ever read.
Would be a great present...as there really is no other novel like it.
So, I decided to give it go and I wasn't disappointed. When I started reading, I was amazed how the story of Liza was very cleverly conveyed to the reader in the first person, which is not an easy task considering this main character is a deaf-blind child. The writer has some talent to do this effectively without causing confusion, being unable to use dialogue in its 'traditional' form.
It was a book of many parts, not altogether the doom 'n gloom that I was expecting. You could easily digest how Liza and everyone around her approached her condition. Yes, there are some places where you feel like your heart's just been ripped out and kicked about your lounge, but everything is balanced with considerable hope.
For me, the "visitor's" role in this book was secondary in comparison with Liza's struggles, as her character was so very strong. And yet, that's exactly what these visitors were, drifting on the edge of something they're no longer attached to, but their wispy involvement almost wasn't enough to fully compete with it all. I enjoyed their vague presence all the same, as it made for a different take to the run-of-the-mill 'haunting'. In this book, ghosts certainly aren't the ones to dominate the storyline.
But there was just something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can't get my head around two young ladies being permitted to travel to a war-torn Africa during the Boer War, although I'm not entirely sure if this was the norm. Look, my history's not great, so it possibly just me overthinking things.
Having said all this, I'd still give this book a respectable 4.5 / 5. Anyone could appreciate this fine story of many genres. I found the time flew by whilst reading and would definitely recommend it.
Veryy well written book. The author has obviously carried out a huge amount of research on the various topics which comprise the story. I read this book in one sitting and was sorry when it was finished. Highly recommended.
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