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Gosh Nikki Gemmell a good writer. Geeze this was not for me. I needed more conventional story telling. Review to follow.
Love Song is the third novel by Australian author, Nikki Gemmell. It is narrated by Lillie Bird, a young woman who has lived in a cloistered community all her life. For the final eight years she has been kept in virtual isolation by her parents due to an incident when she was just thirteen. All she knows of the outside world is what she reads in books and magazines, and hears on her short-wave radio, brought by a visiting librarian. When she reaches adulthood, she is impatient to gain her freedo...
I am so glad I stuck with this. I was quite frankly 'bored' with this book for the first 60 or so pages, and had begun to dislike the change in Gemmell's style in this, her 3rd book. Admittedly I found her 2nd book “Cleave” to be somewhat clunky and unpolished – the work of an inexperienced storyteller almost. However, I am so glad I didn’t give up on her or on this book, because this is by far the best book I have read in a while. I polished off the remaining 187 pages over the course of a rain...
Listening to the audiobook that I got from the library and now have to buy for my book shelf ...the words ... She paints pictures with her words ... Her sentences are genius.
Gemmell's style is literary and poetic with beautiful phrases and sentences. She almost reinvents the language as she tells her story so that I often found myself pondering this or that image. But it becomes too much of a good thing; the language slows down the story and takes a long time to reveal it. Perhaps that says as much about me as reader as it does about the story-telling, but I became impatient to get to the heart of it and when it came, I felt somewhat let down.
I loved the words. Beautiful. Loved the story most when I finished it and started it again to reread the beginning from a different perspective.
This is the tale of a girl brought up in a largely closed religious community,in Australia, who doesnt accept it, and rebels, as might be expected. Forced to remain at home for her teenage years, having confessed to arson, she is the quintessential loner, nourished by books and a a sympathetic librarian- and wanting to write. The rest of the tale follows a fairly predictable path of escape and encounter, with some somewhat unlikely twists.What makes this novel stand out is the writing, a lyrical...
It took me picking up and putting this book down 5 times before I could get past the 5th page- I feel relieved that I finally read it. It was nothing like I expected and kind of like a dream all the way around. I take umbrage with books about religious cults that never explicate the basis of their beliefs.
I love Nikki Gemmell's novels - the characters are flawed & vulnerable, the paragraphs are heavy with imagery. She has an amazing ability to draw the reader into the landscape. I have friends who can't get past the first couple of pages and I understand that but I persevere and feel enriched for having read each book.
Yamba bookshopGemmell's style of writing is poetic, albeit hard to follow.Story of a young girl who spent 12 years 'imprisoned' from the small society that she lives in with her family for her crime of pyromania.
Finally finished this book. I did not hate it, I just didn't love it. I felt the blurb on the inside cover made the story sound more intriguing than it actually was. Nothing bad to write. The story was a bit bland, that's all.
Interesting format. A lot of alliteration does not make a literary masterpiece.
Ugh!!Didn't like the writing style at all!!!Skipped, ran, hopped, ....through the book.Good one- liners though.I enjoyed her book ' The bride stripped Bare' but this one was ugh!🤔🤔
The style of a book can make or break it for me and, sadly, this one's style broke it. Two things which really annoy me are the use of "for" for "because" and using "And" repeatedly at the start of consecutive sentences/phrases. This work had these two in droves. The author also uses a stylistic feature of noun plus past participle to describe things - salt-scoured/fern-bowered/light-flooded/joy-thrummed - which initially I liked but then I realised that this was practically her sole means of de...
I gave up on this book after about 50 pages ..... it was beautifully written with great use of language BUT it just did not grab me at all.
29. A book with LOVE in the title
I'm glad I listened on audiobooks,I'm not sure if I would have finished otherwise. The beginning is so slow and tedious. But after settling in and just sort of letting the words flow over me, I began to really like the book. One reviewer said the author painted with words and I'd have to agree. To me the book was much like a poem in that if you want to pick it apart about missing details or amazing coincidences, etc. you could but, I felt the author glided over details in favor of the bigger pic...
I liked this but it was a slow start and I had to get used to the very clipped language and at times awkward use of nouns made into verbs such as a tongue "slugged" into an ear. In general I like Gemmell for her tendency to disrupt traditional male/female relationships and the value she places on independence in relation to her female characters' identity and creativity.
Love it - one of my favourite books...
The language is beautiful, almost poetic at times, but the plot is not altogether believable, nor the characters especially enchanting. I was bored at times, but am glad that I did finish the book.
Couldn't not get past page 40... Pushed and pushed myself to read it but just could not get interest. The way it was written was very hard to get used to
Beautiful imagery ... Of nature
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