But it did leave me a little disappointed, feeling I figured things out way too early. I loved the moth landscapes in Asunder by Chloe Aridjis and I love the strange reconstruction scene of a life-changing moment that Peter is building throughout the novel. View all 3 comments. Sep 17, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: british-novels , releases , family-sagas , fiction , netgalley , reviewed. I am so bowled over by this story, I do not have the words to write a review, and I really mean it.
The human spirit. The amazing gift of forgiveness. And Karma, steering lives without showing itself voluntarily. After all, 'they say the brain is like an ocean - largely unexplored and pretty much doing its own thing. Unpredictable baffling. A force to be reckoned with. Maybe the brain is more like a smartphone. Fast and powerful when new, sluggish when too many apps are up and running.
David Price thought his life was fairly okay. He did relatively well as an artist, he had a relatively good childhood, he coped well. Until he met Sarah, Claire, and Pete. They knew a secret that David did not. And when he finally got to know it, he felt upended by his own backstory.
He would feel like an actor in a role he thought he perfected, but suddenly finds himself flattened or fake by the events - like Jim Carey in The Truman Show when the tip of his boat tears a hole in the painted-on sky. Before I reached page , I was convinced that this book was not for me.
The initial pace was slow, due to the detail often too overwhelming, the issues too unsettling, the atmosphere not something I could handle at this moment in my life. But then the pieces of the puzzle started making sense in their color heaps. David, the first person narrator and protagonist, packed them neatly in colored heaps, before the different characters fitted the tale into one magnificent piece of art. The end left me totally speechless, not because it was a surprise it was that as well , but because of the emotions I was left with.
I wanted to laugh and cry. Happy and sad. Blown away by my feelings. Well-written, with nothing I would have loved to change in it. Okay, maybe the end, but that would be for selfish reasons. All the elements blended perfectly. Not even the kite strings were left dangling aimlessly in the wind. It has an understated, powerful message.
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The question the reader is left with is: how would you have handled it? A great book - recommended for sure. View 1 comment. Aug 08, Mo rated it really liked it. Now David spends his time worrying about Sarah's eating habits, visiting her terminally ill sister and working as Pete's carer.
Got me at the end. Found the ending of this book excellent.
Probably due to my childhood memories of holidaying in north Wales. Thanks Martin. Apr 15, Becci rated it really liked it. Read this directly after Fractured, was another that I got for 99p in the Kindle store, and the contrast in quality may have been what made me enjoy it as much as I did. But I do think it was very much worth reading. The parts where it detailed Pete's mental state at his most unstable points were really, really interesting - I don't know to what extent it's based on research or true accounts, and not having suffered from mental illness myself I'm not sure if it would be enjoyable to read as some Read this directly after Fractured, was another that I got for 99p in the Kindle store, and the contrast in quality may have been what made me enjoy it as much as I did.
The parts where it detailed Pete's mental state at his most unstable points were really, really interesting - I don't know to what extent it's based on research or true accounts, and not having suffered from mental illness myself I'm not sure if it would be enjoyable to read as someone who had i. But the plot, the relationships between the characters, the way their lives came to be intertwined, all made for a really enjoyable read. Oh also as it's about mental illness the concern for triggers is probably higher than in other books, so TW for themes of suicide and eating disorders in particular, there may be more but these are the ones that come directly to mind.
Nov 16, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-books. Illness, mental or physical doesn't just affect the person who is ill. The family, friends and carers all have to face hard facts and struggle with their own problems as well as the ill person - it's no wonder so many people with chronic metal or physical illnesses feel constant guilt. The intention for each connection between word and image is to achieve an association that is unsettling. The print was made well before the collapse of Lehman brothers in and the economic crisis that ensued. It is much more interesting if you make things for your own tribe.
Perry also pokes fun at himself. Map of Nowhere is very much in tune with the zeitgeist, and like its medieval precursors a record of the culture of its time. As with his previous prints, Perry made a small sketch of the basic design in his notebook and then a rough life-sized outline drawing on paper. This he could place underneath the acetate film used to transfer the final drawing on to the etching plates.
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A Map of Nowhere by Gillian Cross. Nick is surprised when he finds a strange wallet in his school bag. And when he sees the strange note in it, which seems to belong to some kind of adventure game, he is even more intrigued. The wallet belongs to Joseph Fisher, and although he and Nick aren't friends, Nick is determined to join in with this mysterious game. When his brother's gang send him off to Joseph's h Nick is surprised when he finds a strange wallet in his school bag.
When his brother's gang send him off to Joseph's house to return the wallet, Nick finally becomes involved with Joseph and his eerie game. But why is his brother so keen for the two of them to become friends? And does Nick really want to become part of his gang? Get A Copy. Paperback , Contents , pages. Published August 16th by Mammoth first published More Details Original Title.
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