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The Song House By Trezza Azzopardi,

  • Title: The Song House
  • Author: Trezza Azzopardi
  • ISBN: 9780330461030
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Kenneth Earl advertises for someone to help him catalogue his vast collection of music, Maggie the final candidate is his last hope What he doesn t know, however, is that this isn t the first time that Maggie has been to Earl House, and it s no coincidence that she applied for the job As a child, Maggie and her mother lived near the river that runs past the hoWhen Kenneth Earl advertises for someone to help him catalogue his vast collection of music, Maggie the final candidate is his last hope What he doesn t know, however, is that this isn t the first time that Maggie has been to Earl House, and it s no coincidence that she applied for the job As a child, Maggie and her mother lived near the river that runs past the house Maggie s memories of that time are patchy, like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle that don t quite fit she remembers Kenneth s son, William a boat a dog she remembers children singing, and being alone, afraid She remembers afterwards returning home, mute, refusing to speak For her, going back to Earl House as an adult offers the chance to fill in the gaps and finally, perhaps, lay the ghosts of her childhood for her, as for William, this is her chance to reclaim her past Written in clear, ringing prose, The Song House is about language and music, memory and place, about who we are and the narratives we weave about the events of our lives Beautiful and haunting, its cadences, themes and characters will resonate with the reader long after the final page is finished An extraordinarily instinctive writer with a delicate feel for language Observer
    The Song House When Kenneth Earl advertises for someone to help him catalogue his vast collection of music Maggie the final candidate is his last hope What he doesn t know however is that this isn t the first tim

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    1. From BBC Radio 4 Extra 15 Minute Drama An adaptation of Trezza Azzopardi s new novel, a compelling psychological thriller involving a young woman with a secret in her past During a rainy summer Maggie arrives for a job interview at a large house in the country The house is empty apart from Kenneth, an elderly man, who wants a secretary to do an unusual live in job He wants someone to listen to his music collection, and transcribe his impressions and memories connected to each piece of music Kenn [...]

    2. I had been quite impressed with her two earlier novels, but this one just didn t make it as far as I was concerned The narrative was messy and sometimes bordering on incoherent and the character development and motivation was vague Too much rain Too much suggestion without enough solid information.

    3. Kenneth Earl is losing his memory and employs Maggie to help him catalogue his large music collection and thereby create a record of his life Maggie has her own personal reasons for accepting the job at Earl House She hopes to uncover her own troubled childhood spent on the estate and discover what really happened with Kenneth s son William At its best this is a quietly compelling novel, which on the whole I enjoyed The plot is unusual and intriguing, and the past is reeled slowly and cleverly e [...]

    4. I am about halfway through and decided to give up It s an effort to try to read I don t care what happens to whom, or why It seems that this compelling psychological thriller is either not cutting it or it s way beyond me.

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel It is thoughtful, engrossing and very well written in a distinctive but very readable style One of the book s great strengths is its pacing, as the story of a hidden childhood memory, the rediscovery of the truth and how both the events and their rediscovery affect those involved all gradually emerge, and I think the publisher s synopsis gives away detail than I d have wanted to know before I read the book, so if you ve not already read it I d advise you not to.T [...]

    6. Kenneth s memory is failing and on the whole it doesn t bother him greatly with the exception of his music He has a vast collection of records and wants to catalogue them all under the first memories that the music dregs up So he advertises for someone to help him and she arrives in the form of Maggie Maggie grew up not far from the house and has her own collection of memories she is trying to tease into a picture of what happened to her one summer So Kenneth s story becomes Maggie s story with [...]

    7. With such evocative writing, this story had me right there with Maggie, experiencing her pain, her confusion and loss I love Trezza s writing style and she combines just the perfect blend of abstraction with the physical The story ebbed and flowed with the river, the rain, with the music that Kenneth was trying to bring his memories alive with, and with the emotions of Maggie trying to remember the pain of her past and the love of her mother Beautifully done If you enjoy literary fiction this au [...]

    8. Kate s choice had a very intriguing blurb Initially resented having to buy a hard back very uncomfortable to read but I wasn t disappointed The prose was simple yet poetic with great descriptions and atmosphere, weather, emotions and characterisation It is a slow start and I was beginning to get irritated with Ken and his indulgent music project when the back story kicked in and the tension rose a notch.

    9. This book meanders along just like the river which is so important in the story There is not much in the way of crossing of t s or dotting of i s and no real moment of revelation, but the writer gives plenty to provide a point for the story and to form your own allegiances.The writing is natural and beautiful and thats really what makes this novel work for me.

    10. I lost myself in this book, the writing just flowed along and I didn t want it to stop I found this book in my library and had never read any of Trezza Azzopardis books before I will definitely look out for her other novels.

    11. I feel very divided about this book When I read the blurb I thought it would be very interesting plot about someone s reminiscences about music fool me The book has it s moments, but there is too much hinting and too little substance.

    12. Slow and meditative with a mystery which slowly reveals itself and even reserves a surprise for the final denouement.

    13. I found this while in Scotland in a country house hotel and devoured it in three nights there Had never heard of this author before but plan to read of her books in the future Enjoyable read.

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