- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The one thing every good fiction book needs is a vital storyline, a plot that unfolds with drama and tension, laced with interest, excitement and good, sharp and meaningful... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ditisi
When the author of Anemogram, Rebecca Gransden contacted me a few days ago asking if I would like to review her debut novel I happily agreed and told her I should have read and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by leonie
Surreal realism and moments described in a way that made me feel as if I was able to touch an excerpt, a moment in time, something from my past! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Liz Scanlon
This dreamlike mystery filled with beautiful imagery and lyrical expressionism comes from a writer with a powerful voice who consistently uncovers poetry and wonder in the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to read this book because people I knew had praised it highly. It took me three attempts. The opening paragraph is willfully obscure. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Robbins
Grandsen is a talented writer with the gift of insight into the darker reaches of the human psyche. I struggle to class anemogram as magical realism, simply because it seems to me... Read morePublished 16 months ago by romayogi
I was so mad at this book for ending! Seriously. I have so many questions! Tinker??? C'mon, I need to know more! And the murdering? Or maybe cleansing IS a better word . . . Read morePublished 17 months ago by Riya Anne Polcastro
This little book kicked my butt.
I finished reading it yesterday. My thoughts were in chaos. I couldn't write a review. I'm not much better today. But I'll try. Read more
What a lovely, surreal experience it was to read this unique and magical debut novel.
The writing is extraordinary and pulls you into the story, absorbed in the rhythm... Read more