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AHalf-forgotten Song by Webb, Katherine ( Author ) ON Jul-19-2012, Hardback (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 19. Juli 2012

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Co (19. Juli 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1409131432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409131434
  • ASIN: B009XMV0J6
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9 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von stefanini am 18. Oktober 2012
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Geschichten erfinden kann Katherine Webb. Und erzählen kann sie sie auch. Sie nimmt uns mit in die Zeit Ende der 1930er Jahre, in eine kleine Küstenstadt in England und lässt uns teilhaben an dem Leben ihrer Romanfiguren, die genau das tun: Leben. Mitzy, Delphine, Éloise, Celeste und Valentina sind voller Lebendigkeit, haben Charakterzüge, die sie unverkennbar machen. Die Männer der Geschichte bleiben dagegen seltsam blass, unscharf, nicht greifbar. Was den Maler Charles so unwiderstehlich macht für die Frauen – ein Rätsel. Was Zach für heutige Frauen interessant macht – nicht seine Männlichkeit.

In „A half forgotten Song“ habe ich mich vertiefen können, wollte wissen, wie es weitergeht, habe fast am Stück gelesen. Dennoch fehlte mir die eine Person, mit der ich wirklich mitfühlen konnte – denn die eigentliche Hauptperson Mitzy ist diese eine Person ganz sicher nicht. Dafür ist sie menschlich zu unangenehm, zu verstockt, verrannt in etwas, in das man sich so wohl vor allem nur als Teenager, der sie zu dem Zeitpunkt ist, verrennen kann.

Lesenswert? Auf jeden Fall. Ein mögliches Lieblingsbuch? Dennoch nicht.
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Von Ille am 15. Mai 2014
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Das Autiobook habe ich mir gekauft, weil ich mein English verbessern möchte. Es ist so wunderschön. Ich habe dieses Buch bereits in deutsch gelesen. Die Stimme gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
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14 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Unforgettably Entertaining 7. April 2013
Von MJS - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
The would-be biographer seeking the truth about a great man who discovers that all is not what it seems has been a staple of fiction for over a century. As set-ups go, it's reliable and in the hands of a talented author like Katherine Webb it can yield a powerful story. In this case, two stories.

The first is the story of Dimity "Mitzy" Hatcher, a life-long resident of a small town on the Dorset coast, and her experiences with artist Charles Aubrey and his family in the late 1930s. The second is the story of Zach Gilchrist who comes to the town to finish his biography of Charles Aubrey, who may be his grandfather. From the first chapter we know that Dimity is haunted by the past and that Zach is equally haunted by the yawning abyss of his own future.

Charles Aubrey is the object of obsession for both Zach and Dimity. Each sees in him a pathway to being someone else than what they are. Zach's need to know and Dimity's need to tell are rarely in sync but those needs draw them into a dance that lets the story unfold.

And what a story it is. Katherine Webb is a fine writer with an easy prose style that draws the reader along effortlessly. The people and places are vividly drawn. Webb uses simple dialogue and every day interactions to create recognizable characters. Flawed, human and utterly believable characters like Celeste and Delphine that are, well, unforgettable.

The story reminded me of Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. Both books have an upstairs/downstairs elements to them and a central secret that makes all remembering "beloved and unbearable." Webb's story is the more grounded, more pragmatic of the two, reminding readers again and again how difficult it can be to recognize the truth in front of you.

This will be a perfect beach read. I read this book while recuperating from a late spring flu, too weak to do much but alert enough to be bored by television - a close approximation to summer beach-weather lassitude. The ending isn't perfect but it works well enough even if left a question or two unanswered. The storytelling, however, is impeccable and highly enjoyable.

If you enjoyed Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden or Carol Goodman's Arcadia Falls this is a book worth checking out. Very highly recommended.
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A Fatal Attraction Book that is Creepy Good! 11. Juni 2013
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book has a gothic vibe, that will certainly keep the reader engaged. While this book is told through alternating voices and past/present, the reader will easily be able to follow the storyline and see how the truth unravels for both-Mitzy and Zach. The story is rather a bitter sweet tale of love lost, love regained, abandonment, and regret.

When I first read the synopsis and started reading the book, I thought the feelings Mitzy were reciprocated in an unhealthy pedofile-ish way. However once I got into the meat of the book, I was able to see how infatuation can be one-sided and quite blinding. To understand Mitzy and love her (despite of her flaws and regrettable things she does), one has to remember how broken her home life was. Her mother was a prostitute, her father was no where to be found (maybe lost at sea), leaving Mitzy neglected and the laughing stock of the town for having a mom like that.

Enter the Aubrey family, with their love and joyfulness, which makes her want to be a part of their world. I loved the innocence that both Aubrey sisters displayed and their carefree personality. Naturally, Mitzy loves being around the girls and is accepted openly into their family....in the beginning. Then, Mitzy's feelings for Charles become more of daughter/father relationship and become an unhealthy infatuation, where she will do anything to be him, at any cost. And cost, it does!

There are so many twists and while the beginning may be a little slow, it shows the relationship Zach has with his daughter and what draws him to the small town of Blacknowle. The ending is sooo good! It unravels all the truths that were hidden by guilt, sadness, and regret. What I loved most about this book is the lessons it teaches. It shows how we can perceive something in our mind, but our reality can be quite different. It also shows how there are always consequences and everyone pays in some way.

Overall, an excellent book!
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A Half-Forgotten Song: A Novel 13. Juni 2013
Von Stephanie Ward - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
4.5 Stars

'A Half-Forgotten Song' is a work of literary fiction that chronicles the life of Mitzy Hatcher during the summer of 1937 when renowned artist Charles Aubrey brings his daughters and his mistress to the small town that Mitzy lives in with her family. That summer and the following three summers, will forever change Mitzy's life, along with the lives of those who were involved in Aubrey's life. Scandal turns to obsession, secrets, heartache, and love.

Webb did an impeccable job with her novel. Her writing style flowed effortlessly and I was transported back in time alongside the characters from the very first page. The descriptions of the time and the various settings of the novel were done in such a way that I could simply close my eyes and I could vividly imagine the scene unfolding around me.

The characters in the book were very realistic and believable. They all had unique personalities and flaws that made them easy to identify with - I felt as if I knew them all personally, like I was taking part in the narrative myself. The author wrote the characters with such earnestness that even their mistakes and character flaws make the reader love and sympathize with them. We feel every emotion with intensity and vigor. All the characters are written with this amount of depth, so the heroine doesn't feel over-developed and the other characters are just as rounded, which I feel make the story all the more enchanting.

The novel swept me away from the first page and didn't release it's hold until the last word. There aren't many times when a piece of literature makes a lasting impression on a reader, but this is one that I will be thinking and speaking about for a long time to come. Webb did a wonderful job bringing not only the past to life, but making the all the emotions and consequences of these people come alive before our very eyes. It is an enthralling look into history and a beautifully written piece of literary fiction. Highly recommended for lovers of literary and historical fiction.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Stick with it, it gets better 10. Juni 2013
Von Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Zach has spent his life becoming an expert in the life and work of artist Charles Aubrey. He goes to the Dorset coastal village where Aubrey spent three summers with his mistress and children. There, Zach finds that one of the women who would pose for Aubrey, Mitzy, is still alive and can shed some light on the mystery of Charles Aubrey's life.

It is really rare that a book can completely change my initial reaction, but this one certainly did. When I first began reading this novel, I found it incredibly dull. The first hundred pages really seem to plod on. It takes quite a long time to set up the backstory and explain the story world. But once that happens, and the story can start in earnest, the book gets so much better. I thought I was going to hate the book, based on those first 100 pages, but in the end I really liked it.

I think the author painted some really rich characters, particularly in Mitzy. We are never entirely sure how accurate Mitzy's version of events is, even when the story is fully revealed. I liked the way the past and present unfold simultaneously, I feel like it gave us a much richer view of the story and the characters. They story itself is quite unique, and I certainly did not predict the many twists and turns.

My biggest complaint was those first 100 pages, setting up the story. It was just too much. By eliminating a couple of aspects (like Zach's ex-wife and daughter), the fat could have been trimmed a little, giving the reader a more engaging story. I could see some readers giving up within those first 100 pages. Fans of romance and of mystery will appreciate this book, since both genres are artfully intertwined.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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Try Katherine Webb's 'The Unseen' 14. April 2013
Von Barbarino - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Vine Kundenrezension eines kostenfreien Produkts ( Was ist das? )
This is the third novel I've read by Katherine Webb. I really enjoyed 'The Unseen' which was new last year. The characters Webb created in that novel were life-like and engaging, and I felt invested in finding out what happened to them because I liked them. I also thought the story was interesting and the writing very good. If you are interested in reading a novel by Katherine Webb I would recommend it.

Unfortunately 'A Half Forgotten Song' was full of half-formed unlikeable and less than sympathetic characters that never really drew me in to caring about them. The first two hundred pages are very slow and I was aware of the author as she dragged the story out and manipulated the way the reader discovers the events that unfold. Another reader compared Webb's writing style to Kate Morton's and I would agree, she too tends to have a heavy hand in drawing out the story and creating suspense by switching the focus to another storyline. It's a technique that should be carefully and skillfully employed.

I was disappointed with this novel, there was too much repetition in the first hundred pages that didn't move the story forward or build on creating an atmospheric setting or realistic characters. The sea salt was in the air and on Dimity's skin, Zach's marriage dissolved, Dimity's mother ran a less than honorable trade and Hannah was fierce and protective. Despite the descriptions all of the characters felt flat to me, they weren't fully formed or dynamic and I never cared for them. The contemporary characters even more so than the historical ones. There was a romantic relationship that had no chemistry and felt forced and rushed.

While the mystery turns out to be a good one by the time I got to page three hundred my interest in discovering what it was waning. The last one hundred pages were well done and suspenseful and I did enjoy the end of the book.

But the stretched out story and lack of likeable characters didn't leave me with a satisfying reading experience, I think this novel would have been improved upon with some tightening up and editing so that the big reveal at the end would have been something to race toward rather than slog toward thinking am I there yet?
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