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The star is the countryside of the 1940s rich with wildlife and birdsong whose cadences Govern The Farming Community S the farming community s One voice the younger teenage sister s is smaller in the book and ultimately she is "One voice the younger teenage sister s is smaller in the book and ultimately she is one least tainted by her Father s actions Satisfyingly she escapes with an Airman leaving her sister and brother to live knowingly and unknowingly through the conseuences of their Father s affairs I was drawn to this book by the reference to The Listeners but using an abandoned house with a known history only for sex was simply too banal to deserve any connection with the classic poem Initial page turning beauty turned into speed reading to reach the unsatisfying conclusion with so many whys left unanswered that it could have been a short story or novella A wonderful novel set in May 1940 in which the Norfolk countryside and its wildlife plays an intergral and vivid role It s a novel primarily about rief and loss I think and a family coming to terms with various strands of it This is mirroredforeshadowed in the vanishing wildlife depicted in the book its nightingales red backed shrikes farmland songbirds turtle doves elm and ash trees that in the early part of the 21st century we know have now vanished from or are in the process of vanishing from this landscape It s a beautifully descriptive book about the birds that the main character William encounters too and reflects the author s background as a birdwatcher and conservationist A beautifully written evocative novel The vivid descriptions of the natural world of a Norfolk village during the Second World war are enchanting and fill the novel with an atmospheric and at times haunting sense of time and place The multi narrator format works exceptionally well with each distinctive voice bringing a fresh viewpoint and version of events whilst at the same time each chapter seamlessly leads into the next making it a very difficult book to put down A highly recommended summer read but with dark othic undertones which would be beguiling at any time of year If you appreciate an author who takes time over the little things this book is for you. St and present dramatically collide Drawing on the Gothic traditions of Walter de la Mare's poem of the same name Edward Parnell's 'The Listeners' is a dark elegiac tale about rief love and loss and how we try to make sense of existence through stories and memorie. Illain who put an end to her rowing romance with local boy Tom with whom she had had a stillborn babyWilliam has not spoken a word since the day his father was buried but he still visits the disused house they would o to when out fishing or bird watching He sees him and speaks to him in his thoughts Over the short period of time in which the book is "Set Many Truths About John Are Revealed By Each Narrator "many truths about John are revealed by each narrator in thought and speech and each member of the family has to learn to live with those truths and their conseuencesThe author has to learn to live with those truths and their conseuencesThe author has his story with understanding and sympathy and written it with expert prose which keeps you interested throughoutI have a couple of uibbles the author has employed the use of capital letters when anybody shouts whether that be in speech thought or reminiscence and whether or not this is acceptable I personally found it annoying It takes a little time to et used to the present tense used by all of the characters although it is acceptable here I was also able to uess some of the twists much earlier than when they were actually revealedIn truth those last two criticisms are little than nit picking because the book they were actually revealedIn truth those last two criticisms are little than nit picking because the book wonderfully crafted and beautifully written with the main characters picked out in a very believable fashionApart from my major point I highly recommend this book which for a first novel is outstanding in its storytellingfor the historical Novel Society The author defines both the period and place with reat skill The reader is drawn into the story by the lovely descriptions of the Norfolk landscape but it is the family secret expertly revealed in different voices that really drew me inWonderful narrative and beautifully crafted A highly recommended read Story recounted through mulitple narrators nearly all first person Three main voices a young boy his oldest teenage sister and his mother build the picture of the life and death of the father We never understand the Father s motivations and although the mother lost a child she still had three and her evident mental deterioration to the point that she wills the moment of her own death is unexplained Would no one in the small Norfolk comm. N mother and older sisters Rachel the eldest is waiting for news from France of her soldier sweetheart while Kate has designs on an airman stationed nearby Over the course of a momentous weekend a complex family web of lies and self deception will unravel as the pa. An interesting and ripping story set in Norfolk with WW2 "as a backdrop A study of rief and secrets and events viewed from different character s perspectives Dark and moody "a backdrop A study of rief and secrets and events viewed from different character s perspectives Dark and moody with a Thomas Hardyesue atmosphere but without a whole page describing a tree A story to remain in the mind long after you ve finished reading A book that is such a pleasure to read from the fine writing skill of the author to the story itself I hesitated briefly over the multiplicity of narrators it can be a difficult thing to pull off but he has They take us on a path of discovery an exploration of the complexities following the loss of a father and husband and the truths hidden An atmospheric book in time and place with
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of the outdoors the land the seasons animal life that rich and evocative But it is the handling of human interaction loss and the conseuences these truths being slowly revealed that make this the strong memorable original and enriching novel it is A beautifully written exploration An emotive and dark read captivating right from the start I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of this book and the clever twists throughout The I read the darker and pulling it became Highly recommended The most compelling aspect of this book is the atmosphere The natural world described in intimate detail and old fashioned rural life imbues every scene but not in the chocolate box idyll people imagine the countryside It is raw brutal as well as beautiful and this is reflected in the story itself The story is set in the shadow of two world wars and follows the tragedies and hopes of one family who are all trapped in their own way in their past and in their present It is a beautifully told story and I look forward to seeing what the author will write next John Albrehart has been dead for close on a year and the effects of his death still affect his wife two daughters and his son who all have different views on him In Edward Parnell s The Listeners we find out about John through the people who knew him or thought they did though mainly through the thoughts of his son William and his eldest daughter Rachel To William he was a hero to Rachel of a May 1940 Ghosts haunt the woods and fields of Norfolk as Europe descends into full blown warfare William Abrehart a strange nature loving boy who hasn't spoken since the mysterious death of his father struggles to keep the promise he made to look after his withdraw.
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