5 journalers for this copy...
The back cover reads:
Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green with a mystery in the very heart of the trees. And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visted once by the graet GLoriana herself.
But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees. The fairfaxes had dwindled too; now they lived in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and were hardly a family at all.
There was Vinny (the aunt from Hell) - with her cats and her crab-apple face. And Gordon, who had forgotten them for seven years, when he remembered to come back with fat Debbie, who shared her one braincell with a poodle. And then there was CHarles and Isobel, the children. Charles, the acne-scarred Lost Boy, passed his life awaiting visits from aliens and the return of his mother. But it is Isobel t whom the story belongs - Isobel, born on the Street of Trees, who drops into pockets of time and out again. Isobel is sixteen and she too is waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza, with her scent of nicotine, Arpege and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.
- livrecache (Australia)
- Sherlockfan(New Zealand)
- samulli (Germany)
- okyrhoe (Greece)
- TheBowieFollies (USA)
- Jubby (Australia)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posting off to Livrecache.
I have two other bookrings in front of it, but I'll look forward to reading it.
I've pm'd sherlockfan for her details.
Released 12 yrs ago (3/5/2007 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to Sherlockfan in Wellington NZ with the help (not!) of one of rudest counter clerks I have ever met. I guess he'd had a bad day. It didn't do much for mine though!
Hope you enjoy the book, Sherlockfan, and thanks, jubby (again) for sharing.
It will only be competing with Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" which is our Book Club reading for this month and which I am finding rather hard to get stuck into. Human Croquet will make nice intervals I suspect.
Thanks for sending this over, and I really like the little bookmark enclosed. Thanks also to jubby for starting this ring.
I've just finished it about half an hour ago and want to think it over a bit before I make any further comment or rate it - not highly I don't think. Still prefer "Case Histories" best of the three KAs I've read.
It is covered well by the back cover notes and I enjoyed Livrecache's JE.
I've pm-ed Samuli but no response as yet. I'll give a follow up.
Aktinson's writing is truly talented, and like some of the previous readers I was impressed to her use of wordplay and intriguing metaphors, the unique cast of characters, as well as the frequent literary references. But I have to admit that I found it hard to keep up with the narrative until halfway through the book when the story finally began to fall into place and make sense to me. At the moment I can't recall the opening of Behind the Scenes at the Musuem, her other novel which I read and was impressed by, in order to compare.
Maybe the difficulty was purely subjective on my part. I wish I didn't have a bunch of other books to read at the same time, so that I could immerse myself into this one and enjoy it fully.
I'm going to definitely find another opportunity to read this again, and comment more constructively on the story.
Regards from the Englishwoman in New York
Will get straight into this one
Bappy Hookcrossing everyone
I also read her other work Scenes from A Museum, and they are both brilliant. I thank you muchly jubby wocky for letting me be one of the brood this is on its way back to you
from the Pommie ;)
Harpy Cook Brossing
The Fowie Bollies
Thank you very much TheBowieFollies, and to everyone else too. It has been great fun reading all your journal entries, and tracking it's travels around the world.
Now, I am thinking that this book just won't be as good as 'The scenes behind the museum', which I just loved. So, I'll add this to the backlog of my tbr pile.
But, I did recently purchase a copy of 'One good turn' - Kate Atkinson's latest. If anyone is interested, I'll be sure to releasing it their way.
Thank you all.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Well... I was just going to write 'Comments to come', but to be realistic, I probably won't make it back, so will try and just make a quick entry instead.
I entered this book into Freelunch's 'Oz Virtual Book Box', in an attempt to move it up my tbr pile and to keep it travelling.
And would you believe that Livrecache chose the book - even though she was in the bookring for this very copy a couple of years ago!
Anyway, it got me reading it, and I loved it. It was just what I needed at the moment, and lapped it up.
I've read a couple of Kate Atkinson's books now, and can see reoccurring themes, but it still not spoil my enjoyment of the book.
The book was posted off to Livrecache earlier in the week.
I do apologise for not journalling sooner, as the package arrived a few days ago, but just lately the last thing I want to do when I get home is log onto a computer.