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Sound of Butterflies (P.S. Series)

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by Rachael King

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Sophie Edgar barely recognizes her husband, Thomas, an amateur naturalist, when he returns from the Amazon, where he had hoped to find his long-dreamed-of mythical butterfly, Papilio sophia. The optimistic young Edwardian gentleman is gone, replaced by a weak, nearly mute shadow of the man she married. Unable to break through his heartbreaking silence,

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Nouveau riche Brazilian rubber barons throw away money on the frivolous things like sending their soiled clothing to Europe for cleaning. They treat their pets like royalty and their employees as expendable slaves discarded if unable to perform the horrific field work. Anyone who objects to the abusive maltreatment is killed.-------------- In 1904 English naturalist Thomas Edgar comes to Brazil in search of a rumored new butterfly species. Several months later, he comes home, a shell of his former enthusiastic self. Although outwardly she shows her spouse little emotion beyond welcoming him home, his wife Sophie, horrified by the scars all over Thomas¿ body and his withdrawal, needs to know what happened to her silent her idealistic husband because she plans to heal him with her love.-------------------- THE SOUND OF BUTTERFLIES is a fantastic historical tale that provides a vivid light on a cruel Dickensian period in Brazil. The story line moves back and forth between January1904 in Brazil and May 1904 in England connected by a journal, letters and the perspectives of what happened to the naturalist from that of his wife and himself. Adding to the fascination of this powerful early twentieth century character study is the parable of searching for the perfect specimen in a world of cruelty, abuse and imperfection. Rachael King provides a somber glimpse of inhumane treatment and its aftermath on one person and his spouse that still resonates today in world of genocide, ethnic cleansing and rationalized rendition.----- Harriet Klausner
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Thrilling and touching, I highly recommend this book. It is not for the faint-hearted, but the violence is not graphic or gratuitous as another reviewer here suggested. Sometimes shocking things happen in books - it does not mean the writer condones them. They are all part of the character's journey. If you like exotic locations, great writing and fascinating character and story, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book a non-profit bookstore. But I was disturbed by the fact that the author was had a character in there who was raping a child. It was bad writing and it made me hate the book. She could have written about something else and not one of the character not wanting to get him in trouble for the rape. It took away from wanting to learn about the butterfly collecting.