Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Bone CLocks | David Mitchells

This book surprised me. I am not a Si-Fi fan but could not put the book down, the story was totally captivating.

I must say, I had watched the movie of Cloud Atlas (also by Mitchells) last year and again, surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying a story in a genre I don't normally relate to. The Bone Clocks has a similar feel to Cloud Atlas but a different set of characters.

It is a very difficult book to summarise or describe suffice it to say it is very very good and worth reading!

Holly Sykes is a runaway teen who wants to dictate the shape of her own life. On the run, she finds she is under the influence of weird 'radio people' in her head, visions and hallucinations of past and future happenings that she cannot understand. As it transpires, on the fringes of her world there are two groups of beings fighting for preeminence in the world of people. They are fighting to control the world though people who have psychic sensitivities.

Throughout the story we move in history and geography and meet people who have all come in contact with these beings, who are integral in the survival of civilization and each other. This is a novel with well defined characters whom we care for, loads of action and intellectually satisfying.

I suggest reading without trying to suss everything out, but just going with it and enjoying the language and the characters. The story does reveal itself in the end. Well worth reading.

The Translation of the Bones | Francesca Kay

An excellent, small book, with a wonderful story. Not everything we read has to run to 400+ pages...A great story in the hands of a skillful  author can be told in a small book. Less is more.

This book is centered around a small church with a small congregation, mostly devout older women but not exclusively so. The priest, Father Diamond,  is there doing his duties, unambitious, privately having a crisis of faith but pottering along in a small corner of Battersea.

All is as it should be until a simple-minded faithful parishioner Mary Margaret O'Reilly supposedly witnesses a miracle. Word gets out and the world goes mad, bus loads of tourists and pilgrims arrive and cause a huge crisis of faith for all involved.

The story centers around the miracle and it's consequences in the lives of Mary Margaret and her reclusive, morbidly obese mother and we also see the impact it has on the lives of Stella Morrison who is lonely in her marriage and misses her son who is away at boarding school and Alice Armitage eagerly awaits the return of her soldier son who is stationed in Afghanistan. The whole community is affected, we just don't know if it will be for good or ill.

The story is beautifully woven, well worth reading.

The Lighthouse | Alison Moore

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, small book. It is the story of Futh, a middle aged man recently separated, trying to make sense of his life. He is having a crisis, for sure, but one which does not elicit mockery but rather sympathy.

Futh decides to take a walk in Germany. He meticulously organised himself, his accommodation and for his luggage to be transported from hotel to hotel. But what he cannot organise or control are the people he meets and the impact they have on him as he walks.
He has a lot of time to think and remember as he goes from town to town and this also is not something he can control. The impact of the walk ,the people and memory are beautifully described.

Will Furth find himself or become profoundly lost?