A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller Paperback – 31 Dec 2015
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Fanciful imagery and beautiful prose that ebbs and flows (Independent)
Winman excels in her sweeping prose and her unwavering theme of love in all its forms (Stylist)
Beautifully written (Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine)
One to read slowly so you can savour every beautiful sentence (Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month))
A lavish and clever read which will stand the test of time (Irish Examiner)
Moving... offbeat and memorable (Woman & Home)
A Year of Marvellous Ways is like Dylan Thomas given a sexy rewrite by Angela Carter (Patrick Gale, author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER)
A glorious poem of a novel - a story to read slowly and to marvel at the beauty of it (Rosamund Lupton, author of SISTER)
Yet again Sarah Winman has written a beautiful, beautiful novel. A Year of Marvellous Ways will hypnotise, seduce, until you can do nothing but pick it up and read it again (Tiffany Murray, author of DIAMOND STAR HALO and SUGAR HALL)
A gripping waiting game ... The novel's surprising denouement is also well worth the wait (Observer)
A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller WHEN GOD WAS A RABBITSee all Product description
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Overall 3/5. (Plot 2/5, Characterisation 4/5, Literary Merit 4/5, Readability 2/5.)
Sounds like a straightforward story, but Sarah Winman has a unique way of writing making this a very different read. Descriptions are very lyrical, beautiful yes, but sometimes too drawn out making some sentences hard work. There are no speech marks used throughout the book, but I have to say after I while I became used to it and didn't find it a problem, in fact, it probably aided the quirkiness of the tale. It takes a while to get into the story as the beginning is quite disjointed, but once I did I enjoyed Marvellous and Drake's interactions.
The main bugbear for me was the character of Peace. I have no idea why her story was thrown in at the end as it detracted from the main plot. And the ending, well, I think I understood it, but who knows. A good read, but I'm not sure if it would entice me to read another by this author.
I like my prose to be spare and incisive. Every word should count, even in descriptive & and reflective passages.
Well worth reading.
The text rolls off your tongue in an easy to read way. Characters are magical yet believable and the touch of romance drifts in,grabs you and carries you away.
I really didn't want the story to end.
Descriptive in a completely unique way I shall continue to seek out more from this writer