The Sound of Bluetakes readers on an exquisite and soulful journey into a rare part of the world, exploring the healing power of music in the lives of three strangers during the last Balkan War. Sara Foster has left America for the adventure of a lifetime-teaching English to the elite of Hungary, but ends up teaching in a refugee camp instead and falling in love with one of her students, a celebrated synesthete composer. When he mysteriously disappears from the camp, Sara finds herself crossing the border into his war-torn homeland, determined to return the musical masterpiece that he has left behind. In a perilous journey that takes her to Dubrovnik, a magnificent stone city on the Croatian Riviera, Sara meets Luka, a troubled drummer boy, who's captivated the town's attention and heart and who holds the secret to the composer's fate and her own. Bringing to life a world that readers seldom have the opportunity to see, The Sound of Blue reveals poignant truths about the quests for refuge we all pursue.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Holly Payne has created a completely self-absorbed and unlikable protagonist. Continually equating Sarah's troubles with those of the refugees is equally offensive and ridiculous. Furthermore, many of the sentences are so grammatically off that they have to be read repeatedly, not because of their depth but because of lack of intelligible structure. The same can be said for the story line itself. Such a difficult topic as this deserved to be treated with more respect.
Having spent some time as a volunteer at refugee camp in Hungary, I was intrigued by Holly Payne's ability to articulate the emotions of those who have had to call these places home. Her words brought back memories of my own observations and interactions in a way that was amazingly insightful and accurate. I appreciate her efforts to bring depth and connection to the often anonymous faces that we see on TV and shed light on the deep contrast between the rich vibrant culture of the Balkans and the horrors that tore this region apart in the late twentieth century.
I want to meet Luka. If you read this slowly and aren't sucked into the rhythms of Payne's beautiful prose, you will find a darker story that lurks beneath the pages. There's nothing simple about any of these characters and Payne handles the true dark story with integrity and honesty, if you dare to slide into the tunnel she's created.