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Posted August 7, 2010
New author for me; I liked this book
It's always like finding a treasure when I discover I like a book by an author unknown to me up to this point in my reading. The writing is a bit florid at times; I found I had to reread sentences sometimes to make sure I understood the author's intent. The plot is certainly unique. The dysfunctional family has some issues that are not unique, but the plot and setting give them a different twist. I would say this was a refreshing change from much of today's fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2009
Great characters; Painfully sad story
Beautifully written, with great character development. For my taste, it was too overwhelming - black vortex of hopelessness, mental illness, sadness and despair. Great read for someone who can appreciate the prose and the painful, articulated way the story unfolds.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2008
i found this book to be very well written and i think the author did a great job of evoking a creepy, sad and dysfunctional mood. usually that works for me, but i couldn't wait for the book to end. i think the only reason i finished it was to find out what horrible thing befell the family, b/c it was clear something did. there was such buildup, i suppose the ending couldn't help but be a disappointment. also, i found the style to be mostly introspective, and that became wearying after awhile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2007
love labours lost
I'll be doing a public service to warn unsuspecting potential readers about this tome. First it's description-heavy ala Tom Wolfe (whom I love by the way but at least he's funny). I'm over 50 and I found the story very depressing and the teenage 'heroine' to be deluded beyond reason. If you like reading a story that takes the entire book to get to the one 'disasterous event,' (an opera), then proceed. The journey getting there is neither little nor interesting. May I suggest that if you must, read the first 100 pages and if you're having trouble 'getting into it' because of the obtuse, wordy and confusing alledged plotline, then I urge you put it down and move on to greener pastures! I kept plodding on in spite of my instincts and I was disgusted with myself for trudging to the sad anti-climatic ending. Some sad stories are enjoyable but not this. Thanks for listening.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2007
Not what I expected
A dear friend and fellow reader gave me this as a gift (maybe because she knows I love opera?). At any rate, my usual fare is page-turner suspense: thrillers, espionage, mysteries and such. This book is none of those things, but the writing is just phenomenal. I saw the ending a mile away, but the story is told in such a compelling way, with colorful imagery incorporating all senses and skillful use of metaphors and similies, that it just carried me along.Good stuff.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 23, 2006
A terrific drama
When her father dies, retired opera chorister, Lila DuCann, returns to her hometown Burnhead, Scotland to attend his funeral. She has been away from the town for years and has not seen her dad in a long time. Thus when she grieves her loss she is taken aback as memories of 1960, the fateful ¿Turandot Summer¿ when she was fifteen years old, flow freely.-------------- Her lunatic thirtyish Uncle George Pettifer, a London music teacher, obstinately decides to direct a local production of Puccini's opera Turandot starring Lila's mom Florence ¿Fleur¿ Duncan as the title character and Lila in the support female role as slave girl Liu. Local amateur musicians and singers round out the cast. Thus only Fleur had any real experience and she never moved far up the singer¿s food chain. However Fleur felt she was just one song from being discovered and being treated like a pampered adored Prima Donna. To provide some quality, George brings his London friend Joe Foscari to serve as the male lead. Lila falls in love her first crush, but the failed presentation only highlighted the flop of her family leading to a tragedy and a teen in exile from her home.------------- PUCCINI¿S GHOSTS is a terrific drama that grips readers as they wonder what happened in the summer of 1960 that destroyed a family. As Lila tells the tale from her perspective looking back to when she was a teen, fans will soon wonder whether she can delineate reality from a fantasy created perhaps out of FEARFUL SYMMETRY of what is truth. Morag Joss provides a virtuoso performance (sans Sara Selkirk) with the attendees listening to FUNERAL MUSIC and knowing first hand about dreams of HALF BROKEN THINGS.---------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.