Fade

Fade

by Darren Smith

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Fade by Darren Smith

"Perhaps the best way to describe just how much this book caught my imagination is to reveal that even almost a year after reading it, there are still scenes that I remember vividly, quotations that I can recall and to confess that I will never think of doughnuts with sprinkles in the same way again."

"Brilliantly written love story captures your thoughts and emotions throughout the whole reading and long after it. The lucid and detailed narration provides multi layered complexity of each character's personality, startling revelations, creative turns of the plot."

"Dramatic and touching, the author does a brilliant job of capturing the reader's attention and reeling them into the depths of his story telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595505661
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Fade 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fade' is an outstanding novel. It is a modern day, tragic love story. The story skips forward and back in time as we learn about the life of Patrick Bryce, an ordinary man who has just found the love of his life and has never been happier, but then the worst happens when he finds out that he is losing his sight. We follow Patrick through the ups and downs of his emotions during this painful time as he is told that he will eventually go blind and he then begins a journey a race, to re-live the most important moments of his life by visiting people and places that meant something to him, before he loses his chance to ever experience them again. By his side throughout all of this is the woman he loves. The plot builds and the novel gains pace in the final chapters of the story to the surprising and tragic end. Despite the heart-rending content of the book, the overall message is an uplifting one affirming the idea that love, in all its forms, truly can conquer all. It is very well written with insightful observations into human behaviour. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very emotional journey of a man who lost and found himself again despite a lot of ordeals that life threw at him. The author reveals very complex and multi-layered relationships of the characters based on past and present experiences. A very touching story that makes you realize how unpredictable this life is and teaches you to appreciate every moment of it.
Jill_w More than 1 year ago
A touching love story but without too much schmaltz. Well written and captivating. Beautifully observed with a wry sense of humanity. Compelling narrative that leads you back and forth through Patrick's life so far, its highs and lows. Perhaps a modern day morality tale that you can, sadly, never have it all. However you can make the most of what you do have even in the very worst circumstances.
Katie_MS More than 1 year ago
Fade captures your attention and then holds it for the remainder of the book while it builds these extremely human characters. Although the subject of this book wouldn't normally interest me, the journey the author took us on made it worthwhile and unexpected. I wanted to keep reading on, but not in the usual rushed way constantly trying to find the next plot twist, I was happy to enjoy each anecdote and observation of human behaviour as it was happening. It beautifully describes the little moments that make up the characters and their relationships until you're really invested in them and you feel like know them. The descriptions of new york were so detailed and realistic I sometimes forgot I wasn't there. Even though this story is fundamantally a tragedy its not sad or depressing in any way as it leaves you with an uplifted feeling, reaffirming the idea of true love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read, and a recommendation worth passing on to anyone. The Fade is an endearing story of one man, his loves, his family and his friends. This one man, Patrick, races against time to see special places and people of his life before he slips into the darkness of blindness. The author brilliantly describes his scenes with such detail one would feel as if they were involved in the scene as well. He develops his characters and relationships between them to such a degree to pull you into the story. With the storyline progressing between current times and flashbacks, you see how Patrick lives his life through the people in it. The Fade is well written with the capability to make you empathic for its characters, bring you into their world with vivid descriptions, and captivate you page by page.
che-burashka More than 1 year ago
It is definitely the best love story i've read this year and I am very happy to recommend it to everyone who likes modern quality fiction. I am impressed not so much by the story but how the author built up the plot and how observant he is. In other hands one would be lost with so many flashbacks and mini plots. But it works graciously perfect in this novel. Also the power of the author's imagination and description is striking - he managed to create a character of not simply a blind man, but the man who is in the process of losing his sight. And one believes to this character. But the book is not sentimental in spite of all powerful love story and the tragedy in it. And this is very valuable.. Not only the love between man and a woman is rendered wonderful light, but also it is very touching how the love between the father and his little girl is described - very sincere and powerful. Not only he cares for the girl and tries to protect her but she is doing it as well for him as good as she can handle. The author has got great, almost photographic attention to detail. And his descriptions somehow influence my subconscious level and stayed with me for a while. For example the soothing feeling of washing the dishes - unusual but very true. I think this story is very visual and would dream one day to see a movie based on this book. Though it might be quite difficult task as the book is so good.
MariaSavva_Author More than 1 year ago
'Fade' is an outstanding novel. It is a modern day, tragic love story. The story skips forward and back in time as we learn about the life of Patrick Bryce, an ordinary man who has just found the love of his life and has never been happier, but then the worst happens when he finds out that he is losing his sight. We follow Patrick through the ups and downs of his emotions during this painful time as he is told that he will eventually go blind and he then begins a journey a race, to re-live the most important moments of his life by visiting people and places that meant something to him, before he loses his chance to ever experience them again. By his side throughout all of this is the woman he loves. The plot builds and the novel gains pace in the final chapters of the story to the surprising and tragic end. Despite the heart-rending content of the book, the overall message is an uplifting one affirming the idea that love, in all its forms, truly can conquer all. It is very well written with insightful observations into human behaviour. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book to read. The author is great at telling and setting the scene. His very descriptive words make you feel as if you're right there with the characters. His characters come to life with imagination. I was in NY with Patrick, Olivia & Ollie. I felt emotion with the characters. Mr. Smith's writing will keep you enthralled with his words. You will not want to put the book down. I cried and laughed. It was an overall amazing book as a first time reader of Mr. Smith's work. The author has done a great job at illusatrating each character. You're living the moment with the characters. As you're reading Mr. Smith's words you can't help but feel the emotion. Love. and the tingling romantic sensation that Patrick & Olivia feel toward one another, were all brought to life by words. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fade is a truly heartbreaking love story with brilliant portrayal of Patrick's character and incredible good narration. Even when I knew what to expect on the end, still I found myself shocked during the last chapters of the novel. The fact that future of Patrick is known draws attention to presented pictures, situations, emotions and characters which are seen with Patrick¿s eyes. His way to darkness with all affiliated emotions and fears induce strong empathy feeling with loads of sympathy because of his destiny. Although at some point I perceived lack of in-depth description/illustration of Olivia, her life, her personality and her past. In contrast pictures from Patrick¿s past constitute greater part of the book. However on the end of the novel I realized that Smith excellently dosed all information just to warn us to don¿t focus too much on the past as we may miss the moment when our future starts fading. Like Patrick - his fate turned him into his memories. His decision to see places of the past seemed to be so right. However when Olivia is gone, I realized that actually Patrick went wrong ¿ instead of living his life WITH her, he has been living his past. And then ironically on the day when he finally decided to do something for his family¿s future, love of his life faded...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is now the third book I've read by Darren Smith. In fact, I was so excited when I learned he had published another book. In all of Mr. Smith's books, he creates intricate details of every emotion, every thought, every taste, every experience a character possesses. Without a doubt, Mr. Smith is the most expressive writer I have ever encountered. His descriptions are richly detailed and his writing reads like prose. I do not even know how to describe my emotions as I read the book. It touched me far more deeply than his previous two books. At the end of one chapter, I cried for hours and was haunted for days by what I had read, as if I really knew Patrick Bryce, Olivia and Ollie. The mystery at hand was so riveting I found myself willing the end to unfold sooner, but happy it did not as I relished every bit of the story. I don't know if people can really love this deeply, but after reading 'The Fade' I am hopeful I will one day get to experience such intense love. I hope there will be a sequel to this book as I already miss reading about the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fade is an excellent read. A book I didn¿t want to put down, which from the start of the story is heart wrenching in it¿s underlying hints of a fatality. Apart from the many paragraphs that seem to jump off the page and speak to you 'the author is brilliant at delving deep into the outlook of the characters minds', there is a constant acceptance that something is lurking. The winding journey of Patrick¿s past, leads to a touching ending, and the way this leading character thinks/interacts with his child is totally on par with real life paternity. Having a daughter myself, I grew attached to Patrick and his strivings to be the best he could, and protect his child in a strong, but yet delicate way. The Author pulls this off magnificently, and is what adds warmth throughout the whole story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Fade' is not a book that normally would have made it into my reading pile, having neither an attention-grabbing title nor particularly memorable cover art. I took the plunge as part of my new effort to read books outside of my comfort zone, by authors that I don't know or in genres that I don't normally visit. What luck then, that I picked up this book, as it turned out to be one of the most rewarding stories that I have read in quite a long time. Be patient at the outset, as the opening chapters bounce back and forth through time, following the protagonist both before and after the seminal period of his adult life and it takes some effort to put together the timeline and cast of characters. This effort is well worth it as the reader gets to know characters that are complex, engaging and fully realized. The highlight of the novel has to be the amazing exploration of the relationship between the protagonist and his young daughter, revealed in bits and pieces throughout the narrative. 'The Fade' explains WHY this father loves his daughter, both through his thoughts and musings, but also through his actions and interactions with her. It is such a compelling relationship that I couldn't help but wonder if it was semi-autobiographical, to be described in so much detail. Perhaps the best way to describe just how much this book caught my imagination is to reveal that even almost a year after reading it, there are still scenes that I remember vividly, quotations that I can recall and to confess that I will never think of doughnuts with sprinkles in the same way again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This heartbreaking love story illustrates a man's life as his eyesight deteriorates. Along with his friends and pregnant wife, he revisits the places of his life that are dear to him, in order to preserve their visual memory. Meanwhile, his great fear is that he will lose his sight before the birth of his child. I've already read Darren Smith's other books, and like them, this book was one that will remain in my thoughts for a long time to come. I look forward to reading many more from this great author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written love story captures your thoughts and emotions throughout the whole reading and long after it. The lucid and detailed narration provides multi layered complexity of each character's personality, startling revelations, creative turns of the plot. Astute observations of the realities of today corporate world and living in New York. Greatly enjoyed. Bravo! How Smith remains unsigned astounds me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fade is a delightful story of a young man's journey through love, loss and new beginnings. The story begins with Patrick Bryce trying to navigate the streets of New York city, with his daughter Ollie, during the crazy Christmas rush. Blind as a bat, he makes his way through the crowd using the sounds and smells of the city, especially alert to his daughter's sighs and squeals. He may have lost his sight and loved ones, but the little girl squeezing his hand makes it all worth living for. What happened and how did he get to this point? The story unfolds through the streets of New York and also through the emotional roller coaster of Patrick's past. Dramatic and touching, Darren does a brilliant job of capturing the reader's attention and reeling them into the depths of his story telling.