This book is well written and dark. The stories blended a little too much in the last 50 pages or so, to the point that it was challenging to follow. The ending leaves a little bit to be desired.
I read this book because I loved the Luminaries and I was not disappointed. Loved the saxophone instructor and how explicitly she chose favourites amongst her students. Pretty dark stuff.
Very abstract. Little many mini stories put together and not always in logical order, to create the story.
Cannot remember who recommended this book. I tried to get into the story but gave up. Saxaphone teacher just creepy not amusing or interesting,
This novel had my brain scrambling from the start, trying to place where we were supposed to be in time & space - where were we in the sequence of events, were we onstage or in real life, and so on. I got used to the disorientation pretty quickly but found Catton's "placing" distracting and unhelpful. Not sure what it meant to the narrative to have it jump around from Saturday to Thursday to Friday to Monday, and from September to November to July back to September and so on. I did enjoy the view she gives the reader of life in a drama school and I thought she wove the stories of the students together most compellingly. A good read in the end, if a little chilling.
This young author pulls off this clever story about the "real" world and performance.
Hard to believe this is a first novel. Catton must have spent her high school years listening to her fellow pupils speak - the dialogue is perfect and her understanding of how adolescents, especially girls, behave is unerring.
I was a year below Eleanor Catton in high school, and I'm both impressed by and envious of her talent. The thing that stands out for me is not actually the story, but just how clever and polished her writing is. It reads like a piece of art - each word is a brush stroke, each beautifully constructed sentence another layer of rich, dark paint.
Well written book.
However it may interest only those who are interested or versed in music and related arts.
Written with passion and illustrative with words.
Nutty thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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