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anemogram. by [Gransden, Rebecca]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cardboard Wall Empire (25 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014HUMN8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I didn't know what to expect from anemogram. other than fellow author Harry Whitewolf spoke highly of Gransden's writing so I hoped I would be in for a treat. I certainly was and a perfectly timed Halloween one at that! anemogram. is set in a bleak post-industrial landscape of wastelands and McDonald's car parks that are so richly described that I could almost reach out and touch the rusting wire fences. I loved one moment where a tree consumes the metal through which it grows. We follow a disconcertingly precocious child who names herself differently for each man she latches on to and who is always hungry. Hungry for food and hungry for stories, some of which we read from 'Tinker' - a genuine presence or an imaginary friend? Gransden creates a palpable sense of unease around Rachel/Sarah so I was always aware that 'something bad' was going to happen, but with no idea what. To be honest, I'm still not sure I know exactly what what was going on - I have a theory! - but anemogram. is utterly compelling reading and I am delighted I got the opportunity to discover it.
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I'm confident that the writer will end up with a major, prestigious literary award one fine day. That is to say that my feeling whilst reading this book was that I encountered greatness.

We love different books for different reasons and the main reason for loving this one is the wealth of subtext, the profound unspoken, what lies underneath. The author is to be complimented on so many aspects but I need to point out the independent spirit of this work. Tarkovsky once replied to the complain about the bleakness of his narrative text and solutions: 'I'm not responsible for the happiness of my audience'. Likewise, in the 'anemogram' the author lets the narrative breathe and takes it to the direction she wishes in artistic honesty and bravery, without external calculations. (I have had my share of exposure to authors who construct their books based on recipes for popularity feeding their readers what 'they want' or expect to keep them sweet and coming back. Only that we can't talk about books and readers anymore but -disdainfully yours!- about products and happy customers).

The story starts with a mysterious seven year old girl wandering in the woods. She is homeless, alone, responsible for her own survival stealing food when she can, letting herself near people she chooses, only to run away from them, because they are not 'suitable'. Her name is either Rachel or Sarah. Her 'imaginary friend' Tinker is the one she discusses her decisions with and at times the one who dictates to her. He is also the one to tell her a good bedtime story. His stories are lyrical, melancholic or gory. And then she meets David, a divorced father of two. He takes time off work and off they are on their journey.

The descriptions are of immense beauty and precision.
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Reading anemogram was like getting inside one of those dreams that starts off so peacefully calm and full of light, not knowing where you are but that you feel good being there; only to end up in the most twisted depths of subconscious darkness; waking to feelings of confusion and doubt.

Maybe I speak for myself about having those kinds of dreams, but anemogram brought me back to those feelings with a case of literary deja vu.

The author sets you up from the beginning to fall for sweet little Sarah, just like her companions do. But no matter how many times we sit next to Sarah at a local diner and watch her happily munch on chips washed down with juice, she continues to remain just out of reach. Her strong sense of resolve in itself is otherworldly for a child of seven; not to mention the relationship with her creepy invisible friend, Tinker. She also has an almost sinister curiosity for her companion’s family history which is clearly painful for him to discuss. Either way, he is completely entranced by her which, as we come to learn, makes her very dangerous.

The author’s style is very readable, yet with an exquisite attention to detail. I felt like I was there with Sarah, skipping around the forest like some brown, berry-munching fairy (can fairies be tan?). I would have liked to see more of an explanation or backstory behind the two main characters to help ease the abrupt ending a bit, but the story itself was great. I love stories that give you a good punch in the gut at the end. The author is clearly a talented storyteller and I can’t wait to read many more of her enchantingly eerie tales.
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Y’know how with some books, you just keep reading the next bit, and before you know it, what should’ve been thirty minutes’ reading has turned into several hours. This was one of those books. I’ve just raced through it in two sittings.

Sure, there are plenty of questions to be had from the offset, so you want to keep reading to find the answers, but this book is also the exact opposite of using any such devices as cliffhangers. It doesn’t even use a chapter format to enhance the reader’s curiosity. Sure, you’ll keep reading to try to discover more, but above any plot situations, it’s simply Rebecca Gransden’s writing style that will pull you in. It’s actually hard to believe that this is a debut, because the author writes with an expert descriptive panache that will warm you inside and bring a small smile to the corner of your lip, yet you won’t know why you’re smiling. Then you’ll realise that you’re smiling because Gransden’s words are simply: that good! This is up there with those few Indie books I consider to be worthy of mass attention.

Right from the word go, you’re just there. In the story. There’s no lead in. No explanation. You’re just there. When I realised I was already a third of the way through in no time at all, if someone had have asked me, “So, what’s happened?”, the answer would have been, “Not much.” This is a good thing. A very good thing. Not much happens at all, and yet that’s also completely untrue…so much happens that I’m still left pondering on much of it.

The setting alone is brilliantly chosen. The lost little girl protagonist of anemogram survives by living off the land, but in modern England, this means: off the edge of the land. Cities and towns are avoided.
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