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The Courage Consort By Michel Faber,

  • Title: The Courage Consort
  • Author: Michel Faber
  • ISBN: 9780156032766
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • With his elegant prose, distinctive imagination, and deep empathy, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White once again dazzles us in three novellas The Courage Consort tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as muchWith his elegant prose, distinctive imagination, and deep empathy, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White once again dazzles us in three novellas The Courage Consort tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as much discordance as the avant garde music In The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps, a lonely woman joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey and unearths a mystery involving a long hidden murder In The Fahrenheit Twins, strange children, identical in all but gender and left alone at the icy zenith of the world by their anthropologist parents, create their own ritual civilization.In each of these novellas, Michel Faber creates a unique, self contained world, where the perennial human drama plays out in all its passion and ambiguity.
    The Courage Consort With his elegant prose distinctive imagination and deep empathy the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White once again dazzles us in three novellas The Courage Consort tells of an a c

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    1. This was a volume of three short stories that make you muse on many things I especially enjoyed how Faber used element of Gothic Fiction in the stories.Of the three stories the one I enjoyed the most was The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps Each of these stories also has an aspect of horror that will stick with you after the story is over.It is a perfect read for a snowy or rainy day.

    2. Turns out The Book of Strange New Things wasn t a one off Faber really is that good of a writer This collection of three novellas certainly attests to it and, in fact, was a book of strange very, but mesmerizingly so new to me things Meditative, pensive tales, even depressing at times, depending on one s mood wasn t quite sure how to review, until the last story, which was just a work of sheer beauty and wonder The author stated that he has now retired from storytelling, which is sort of impress [...]

    3. This collection of three novellas by Faber runs quickly The first and title story, The Courage Consort is a wonderful story with a double meaning title It is about a group of singers who go to the Netherlands to pratice before a performance Part of the charm comes from Faber s brillant character painting.The second story, The Hundred Ninety Nine Steps takes place in Whitby, yes that Whitby and those steps There are no vampires here, at least not in the traditional sense of the word Faber uses th [...]

    4. Faber s first novel The Crimson Petal and the White was so magnificent that I leaped at the chance to read something else by this literary badass IT WAS SO GOOD three goodnesses, actually The first, self titled novella is a story about an English choral group retreating to the Belgian chateau for rehearsals on a modern piece The second, The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps, is about a paper conservator on work holiday who discovers a grisly 1788 murder Third, the Fahreinheit Twins, is the most out [...]

    5. I bought a copy of the single novella The Courage Consort having read and loved The Crimson Petal and White and heard rave reviews of Under The Skin It was a short but interesting mock psychological Gothic tale of a vocal quintet rehearsing in a out of the way Belgian Chateau for the world premiere of some ghastly modernist piece The Soprano hears strange noises in the woods a symptom of her own fragile mental state surely The disintegration of her mind and self into depression mirrors the disin [...]

    6. An accapella quintet, performers of difficult modern compositions They have a date in a European modern music festival in Belgium They are housed in a chateau in the middle of a forest in order to rehearse They are called Courage not for their ambition in tackling difficult works, but because it is the surname of Roger the group s leader and driving force The book is narrated by his wife Catherine, whose mind has been unravelling for some years now, but she still possesses the voice of an angel [...]

    7. Like many others, lured to read this collection by my enjoyment of his previous work but I did not find this work as engaging The Courage Consort is the best of the novellas, but could easily have been developed further, and probably should have The story was too neatly wrapped up, without proper exploration or resolution of conflict The second story was a snore and the characters irritating maybe authors shouldn t be commissioned to write stories as publicity The last had potential, but Faber c [...]

    8. The blurb on the back says it s a devastating portrayal of a woman on the verge of madness, but I found the character , Catherine, to be possibly the sanest person in the ensemble Perhaps that says about me than the book I enjoyed this novella, Faber never disappoints His observations of people together, their quirks and fears and foibles all resonate immediately, it s like, yes I know someone exactly like that He s very good at weaving a story out of very little, and in this story not much hap [...]

    9. Michel Faber mi sta piacendo molto.Due libri letti e due ottime impressioni.Un modo di scrivere scorrevole che invoglia a continuare la lettura.Uno schema abbastanza classico per questo romanzo breve, ma un buon risultato senza dubbio stato raggiunto.Nel blog ulteriori dettagli ferdori.wordpress 2010 09

    10. Non so perch ma sono rimasta un po delusa da questo libretto Pensavo sarebbe stato pi bello, non so neanch io come spiegarmi Mi piaciuto ma pensavo che, visto la sua brevit , sarebbe stato qualcosa di indimenticabile ma invece non cos.

    11. simlendirirken k sa roman m desem uzun hik ye mi desem bilemedi im kitaplardan biri daha Cesaret Be lisi Cesaret Be lisi ayn zamanda bir m zik grubunun da ad Hani u enstr man olmaks z n sadece kendi sesleriyle m zik yapanlardan Bat m zi i hususunda bilgili olmad m i in o u eyi atlam olabilirim romanda Bu m zik grubu bir m zik festivalinde seslendirecekleri bir par an n ki bu par a yar m saat filan s r yor provalar n yapmak zere iki haftal na Bel ika k rsal nda bir atoya gidip yerle irler Do a st [...]

    12. I wanted to like it, I truly did, but I could NOT STAND the female leads of the first two stories I found them unsympathetic and annoying Trust me, women do much than worry about men all the time I enjoyed the murder in the second story and how it turned on itself and make you reconsider your own perceptions I wish the Fareignheit Twins could have been longer and fleshed out, it had so much potential.

    13. I like Faber s imagination These stories kept me interested because each was so different I m not a fan of the endings, hence four stars on each book of his I have read, but I am a fan now The Crimson Petal and the White will be next, though THAT one will take me a while.

    14. full review wp p42FJU cPI ve come to realize that Michel Faber is really ing weird, and I love it My third Faber adventure, after The Crimson Petal and the White and The Fire Gospel is his collection of three novellas entitled The Courage Consort I liked it much better than The Fire Gospel and can see how his wit and his sense of the strange and surreal influenced the writing of Crimson Petal These three novellas are witty, ironic, sometimes downright ridiculous, and unexpectedly poignant at tim [...]

    15. This collection of three novellas actually rates a 3.5 from me the writing is definitely above average I suspect that my problem is partially with the form itself the narratives are not short enough to be short stories with a zing that focus that E.A Poe talks about nor are they long enough to make plot complexity a necessity So bear in mind that I may simply be a grumpy reader in not giving an out and out 4.Of the three, I enjoyed the title novella, The Courage Consort, the most It s a characte [...]

    16. This is a short, tight, novella, with nary a spare word used.It is the story of a 5 piece acapella group, who have agreed to try out a new piece written by a very rich and somewhat otherworldy mentally German and get two weeks in a Belgian Ch teau to practise The novella starts with Catherine married to the group s founder Roger Courage coming out the other side of psychological problems, which include depression and a hinted at suicide attempt the year before.They meet up at the Ch teau and the [...]

    17. Faber s novella about an a cappella group may appeal to individuals who sing chorally The Courage Consort derived their name not just from the Wesleyan adage about hymn singing sing lustily and with good courage but also from their reputation of performing music lesser musicians would lack courage to deliver Faber wrote with versatility and an insider s knowledge of the tensions, disagreements, conflicts that coexist with rapturous moments of seamless harmony when a group sings together The sett [...]

    18. A very strong four stars for this collection of three novellas Faber s The Crimson Petal and the White ranks with Ian McEwan s Atonement as the two best novels I ve read that were written this century, but I did not care for Under the Skin at all These stories are completely unlike either work in theme and setting, but Faber s master characterization abilities in The Crimson Petal are on display here.The Courage Consort concerns a singing group sequestered at a cottage in Benelux to practice an [...]

    19. A group of five a cappella singers go to a large house in the Belgian countryside to rehearse a piece of avant garde music called partitum mutante They are different personalities and the main character, Catherine Courage, is suicidal When they settle in for a fortnight of practice Catherine hears a strange wailing in the nearby forest at night and as the temperature rises in the weather, so does the temperature in the house The novella has potential given that setup however it was never going t [...]

    20. A collection of three novellas, I would absolutely say that the THE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE STEPS and THE FAHRENHEIT TWINS, vividly and wholly captured my attention THE COURAGE CONSORT, the tale of an a cappella singing group tucked away in a Belgian chateau practicing an almost unsingable piece of music It s fairly typical in its plot and outcome, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Big Chill nature of it That said, I was captivated by Sian, the protagonist from THE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE STEPS I lov [...]

    21. This was an interesting collection of three short stories, or properly, I suppose, three novellas I liked them than I expected to, since this is not one of my favorite forms of fiction I did enjoy his full length novel, Under the Skin, much , but I still liked reading these stories They showed the same blend of interesting characters and unsettling atmospheres I did want from each story, so I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing, really I just wanted them to keep going The first story, [...]

    22. This book consists of three short novellas I enjoyed the first one The Courage Consort the most, found the second one The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps so so, and didn t care much for the third one The Fahreinheit Twins However, all three stories are written really well so the author deserves much credit for that, especially since he does it in such few pages He infuses elements of surrealism and the gothic genre to create very interesting mood and atmosphere for the stories to take place I foun [...]

    23. This collection by the author of The Crimson Petal and the White had me engrossed from the first story which also happens to be the title of the collection The Courage Consort is the tale of an a cappella group that is forced to endure much time together than is usual in order to perfect a revolutionary new piece to be performed at an art s festival This is a character study that I found compelling, it was my ability to identify with the narrator and her slow wakening to the humanity and fallib [...]

    24. Catherine sat at the kitchen bench, staring abstractedly into Ben s porridge bowl It was so clean and shiny it might have been licked, though she imagined she would have noticed if that were the case She herself tended to half eat food and then forget about it Roger didn t like that for some reason, so, back home in London, she d taken to hiding her food as soon as she lost her appetite for it, in whatever nook or receptacle was closest to hand I ll finish this later, she d tell herself, but the [...]

    25. I m giving it three stars, but that s not to say it s without some almost perfect qualities The prose and descriptiveness within is outstanding, and the pace of the novella utterly perfect, right up to and through the denouement one which I really didn t predict, either It left me wanting a little character depth and detail, wondering if in fact the tale could have been stretched and lengthened, contributing further to the intensity and discomfort of the five singers, holed up remotely in rural [...]

    26. The Courage Consort by Michel Faber Very GoodDifficult to find what to say about this book It is, of course, Michel Faber so therefore it is a beautifully written and interesting book but, unlike so much of his other work, nothing much happens.The Courage Consort are an a cappella group heading off to a Belgian Chateau to rehearse a difficult new piece Written in the voice of Catherine, a lot of the thread is about her problems and her personal growth There are the interactions of and with the o [...]

    27. This title consists of three novellas really two novellas and a short story.Good language and unique characters and circumstances Faber portrays inner emotions quite well The Courage Consort is the name of an innovative singing group The five members and the people they meet were quite distinctive The Hundred and Ninety nine Steps presents only two major characters and a neat dog A hint of mystery is in each story The Fahrenheit Twins was the shortest of the three Again, interesting concept and [...]

    28. Michel Faber has a knack for unique story telling and The Courage Consort is no exception Three short novellas which hook you in straight away I always find when I read short stories, writers have a hard time building up characters and stories to snatch you into the story but with The Courage Consort, The Hundred And Ninety Nine Steps and The Fahrenheit Twins you are instantly taken into a new world, I love it I think The Hundred And Ninety Nine Steps was my favourite, then The Courage Consort I [...]

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