The Melody

The Melody

Book - 2018
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"From a generational talent and two-time Booker nominee, a tension-filled story about unacknowledged fears and looming inevitability Alfred Busi, famed and beloved in his town for his music and songs, is now in his sixties, mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days alone in the large villa he has always called home. The night before he is due to attend a ceremony at the town's avenue of fame, Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that the thing that attacked him was no animal, but a child, "innocent and wild," and his words fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town--and new controversy: the town's paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all. As Busi's nephew's ambitious plans for himself and for the town develop he is able to fan the flames of rumour, and soon Busi and the town he loves will be altered irrevocably. The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel, too--a rallying cry to protect those we persecute. It is lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, a powerful future classic."--
Publisher: [Toronto] : Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780735235212
Characteristics: 224 pages ;,21 cm.

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Aug 16, 2018

When I started reading "The Melody" I thought that it had a lot of potential, but after a few chapters there were some things that were not working for me. Its prose is filled up with long sentences lined up on interminable paragraphs. There are hardly any dialogues, and it is easy to get the attention lost when narrative pauses are almost inexistent. Many times I found myself totally departed from the story and making an effort to come back to it. Jim Crace uses beautiful language and descriptions, however these are not the only elements needed for a novel to be good. Having the appropriate pace is important too, and unfortunately, to me, "The Melody" lacks this.

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