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  • Title: The Sound of Butterflies: A Novel
  • Author: Rachael King
  • ISBN: 9780061357701
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sophie Edgar barely recognizes her husband, Thomas, an amateur naturalist, when he returns from the , 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, Sophie must glean whSophie Edgar barely recognizes her husband, Thomas, an amateur naturalist, when he returns from the , 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, Sophie must glean what she can from his diaries and boxes of exquisite butterflies in order to discover what happened to Thomas in the lush and perilous jungles of Brazil In the process, she learns as much about herself and her marriage as she does about the secrets harbored by a haunted soul.A magnificent debut, written in rich and sensuous prose, Rachael King s The Sound of Butterflies is an unforgettable journey from the demure gentility of turn of the twentieth century England into the heart of darkness.
    The Sound of Butterflies A Novel Sophie Edgar barely recognizes her husband Thomas an amateur naturalist when he returns from the where he had hoped to find his long dreamed of mythical butterfly Papilio sophia The optimistic y

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    1. A novel with the common theme of The White Man entering a primal jungle and finding himself succumbing to his primal instincts This one is a bit different The protagonist Thomas, loves butterflies I mean he really loves butterflies When he caught sight of his first Morphos, their blue wings shining in the sun like stained glass, he felt a familiar stirring in his trousers This was something he couldn t explain and had long ago given up trying to Ever since he was a young lad, his body had occasi [...]

    2. It took me a while to find a way in to writing a review of this wonderful book I felt that the fact that the author is one of my most treasured friends might be influencing my objectivity and yet, I knew that this was a great book It is a good read, but I also think it is an important book, one that challenges the reader to face unpleasant truths about our flawed human nature and one that addresses a question that I believe we each must answer for ourselves in the face of the terrible injustice [...]

    3. Good story extremely violent and gory in some parts so not for everyone, but interesting to read about the rubber barons in Brazil and their financial connection to Europe It is a story of the many physical and moral dilemmas a man must face while on a butterfly expedition in the in 1904 which render him mute upon his return to his wife, Sophie Through his journal entries and past letters, Sophie attempts to piece together what has happened to her beloved husband during his travels.

    4. 3,5 stelleIl romanzo si svolge tra gli anni 1903 e il 1904.Thomas un giovane naturalista che va in Brasile per catturare, raccogliere e catalogare farfalle, quando torna a casa, un anno dopo incapace di proferire verbo.In Amazzonia successo qualcosa che l ha sconvolto, da qui la mia decisione di prendere il libro, insomma finalmente un po di sana sfortuna dopo i due libri pieni di fronzoli e insulina per endovena che ho letto, invece la delusione pi nera.Il perch del suo mutismo veramente sciocc [...]

    5. The characters in this book are not likable Even the third person omniscient narrator frustrated me There were unnecessary gruesome details as well as a lot of missing details The story was not compelling, and the way it unfolded was extremely predictable I was so annoyed with the book that I wanted to stop reading, but I don t like giving up on books Do yourself a favor and don t start reading it.

    6. In Rachael King s The Sound of Butterflies, Thomas Edgar, an amateur naturalist travels to the in search of a butterfly he isn t even sure exists Things start out fine for Mr Edgar and his three companions George, Ernie, and John Catching wonderful specimens, and ever on the look out for what will be his prize catch his Papilio Sophia A yellow and black swallow tailed butterfly.In their travels of scientific exploration in the jungle s of Brazil, they meet Mr Santos, a seemingly harmless man in [...]

    7. The premise of The Sound of Butterflies was incredibly promising a scientific expedition through the , paralleled with a deep mystery to be solved on explorer Thomas Edgar s return to England.Unfortunately, what could have been made into a thrilling, complex drama by author Rachael King, is fairly placid for the most part It s a little like Heart of Darkness meets Anna Karenina, but without the resonance of either Actually, maybe that s not quite fair There are some very strong moments of gore i [...]

    8. I came across this gem on the bookshelves of the holiday home we rented this week Those bookshelves made shivers run down my spine, because the owner of the home also named Sue, and also from the UK seemed to be, well, me, actually All my favourite authors were there, from A.A Milne and Michael Bond through to adult contemporary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and classics I have loved My husband asked me if this was in fact my secret hideaway, given it was exactly as I would have furnished it, w [...]

    9. This novel raced to the top of New Zealand s best seller charts the author, Rachel King, is the daughter of one NZ most celebrated historians and writers Michael King, The Penguin History of New Zealand King is also the step sister of a member of my then book group I will hold confidential the discussion we held at PLONK, a frou frou wine bar in Christchurch I recall having a pot of herbal tea ,I tried hard to like this novel The narrative which moved between Victorian England and the wild, dang [...]

    10. I was extremely disappointed with this book I really thought I was going to like it I mean what s not to like about a scientific expedition into the And the story was set up nicely It starts off with the main character Thomas coming home to his wife from the very badly shocked He is shocked in to silence He won t talk So I m thinking maybe he got into some trouble with the locals Maybe his life was in danger and he saw some and did some unspeakable things But no I was than half way through with [...]

    11. This sweet, deceptively simple novel touches on so many different themes and tropes, that reflecting on it, it is a marvel the author carried it all off, and did it so well.The Sound of Butterfliesis about manners and conventions, love, trust, and social justice cradled in the familiar narrative of the white man entering the jungle and succumbing to his most basic instincts A lo carb Heart of Darkness if you will While the ending felt a little rushed and was wrapped up a little too nearly, the m [...]

    12. Great page turner every wilder thing that happened next was unpredictable but seemed set in concrete and unavoidably necessary not to mention convincing once it had occurred Wee exceptions like Santos would have known Thomas was doing what he was doing, as he had spies and control but character is fate, and oh Thomas we ve all been young Clever too with the readability easy to follow despite the flowering plot lines and flashbacks and flash forwards that kept the suspense Liked the characterisat [...]

    13. Turn of the century English butterfly seeker in the Books set in the are always so exotic and this one right up there Salvation at the end but a lot of strange goings on in the middle.

    14. This book was a bit stiff at the beginning but did begin to pick up speed i expect it also fairly accurately represented the colonial relationships and abuses of power in the late 1800s and early 1900s I do think, in another life, I was an explorer, at awe of the wonders in new frontiers.

    15. Loved this book, couldn t put it down It drew me in, had me fascinated with the various characters and even interested in the Edwardian period which I know little about, but want to know about now through further reading.

    16. A deftly woven tale with strings connecting many people The description was lovely I felt as though I really WAS in the balmy rainforest looking for butterflies a welcome respite from the snow falling outside as I read.

    17. Este um texto estreia da autora neozelandesa Rachel King, mas n o , de todo, uma obra de principiante O facto de ter sido agraciado pela Sociedade de Autores do seu pa s n o ser um acontecimento fortuito e n o resultar , por certo, de uma qualquer simpatia pela fam lia uma hist ria muito bem apresentada e desenvolvida, registada numa escrita f cil, fluente, adequada, mas sem pretensiosismos O enredo envolvente, com uma aur ola de mist rio insinua se no leitor que sente necessidade de ler sempre [...]

    18. It s intriguing to begin reading a novel whose title seems so paradoxical The Sound of Butterflies In all my young days chasing butterflies among the wildflowers, the butterflies never once made a sound They weren t like moths at the window or the buzzy bees, nor chirping birds or the wind through the trees Not even close In fact, their silence added to their mystique and beauty Dear Sophie, We have finally reached Manaus and are now being accommodated at the home of Mr Santos a man who has so f [...]

    19. Thomas Edgar loves butterflies He has heard about a mysterious butterfly that is half black and half yellow this is an oddity as butterflies are always symmetrical Being an amateur naturalist, he gets the amazing chance of a lifetime to join a group of scientists bound for the rainforest to collect specimens to send back to England When he catches this special butterfly and catalogs it, he will name it Papilio Sophia after his wife and realize his dream of discovering a new butterfly.His fellow [...]

    20. This is Rachael King s debut novel, set around the turn of the century It has an interesting construction, using narrative, diary pages and letters to tell the story These work well and bring an immediacy to the writing, conveying a powerful sense of place and time There s a whole array of themes in this novel a love story which includes betrayal and devotion, travel to colonial settings and the ian rainforest, sex of various kinds, snobbery and shocking brutality The main characters are Thomas, [...]

    21. Sophie s husband Thomas left in search of the holy grail of butterflies, but he has returned a changed and altogether incomplete man From his mysterious wounds to his inability or unwillingness to speak, it is clear that his travels were wrought with trauma and brutality return It started out as a slow read, and I found it difficult initially to immerse myself in the identities of Sophie Thomas But before long, I was eagerly following the dual points of view, slowly discovering with Sophie the r [...]

    22. Overall I thought this was a good book Rachael King has a way with words that paint the most exquisite landscapes While there were many great aspects of this book, the best of them all has to be her command of language The begining of the book seemed to take off slowly, effort seemed to be placed on painting the landscapes as opposed to character development However, as the book goes on the characters begin to take shape and the lack of explanation in the begining is seen as appropriate for the [...]

    23. Several times in the five or so years I ve owned this book I ve picked it up, read the first eighty pages and then given up This time I managed the whole thing and it was really not what I was expecting at all I found it incredibly hard to sympathise with Thomas He repeatedly talks about how sad and sorry he is for betraying his wife while not backing this up with actions The first time, while he was not himself, perhaps I could ve believed that he did love his wife But he continued to betray he [...]

    24. I m a sucker for Brazilian jungle novels LOVED Patchett s State of Wonder , and when you add in the 1904 rubber baron and corrupt Manaus angle, I m totally hooked.The parallel story structure of Thomas in the jungle and Sophie back in Richmond is great, and as the former story unfolds, an element of mystery develops Sophie s struggles to understand what has so severely traumatized her mute husband is full of pathos Thomas is revealed as a failed human being who keeps as silent as the butterflies [...]

    25. Agli inizi del 900, Thomas si reca in Brasile per cercare e raccogliere farfalle e al suo ritorno un anno dopo non parla pi La ricostruzione dei fatti avviene alternando la vita insieme di Sophie e Thomas, scritta al presente, al racconto dell esperienza dell uomo nella giungla, al passato remoto A completare il quadro si aggiungono la sua corrispondenza con la moglie e con un amico e pagine del suo diario Questo stile vario rende la lettura molto godibile e mantiene viva la suspance.I due coniu [...]

    26. Loved it Normally only get books from the library since they cost so much but was heading away for a few days and this one was one of the least expensive in the shop it seemed a fascinating story going by the back blurb Set in 1904 Edwardian England, it s largely about a young man who leaves his young wife behind and goes off in search for a very special butterfly deep in the rainforest and experiences things that eventually leave him speechless on his return I love the way Rachael tells the sto [...]

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