- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Quercus Publishing (1. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0857382330
- ISBN-13: 978-0857382337
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 3,1 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 516.323 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Island of Wings (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2012
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'A beautiful story of love and loss, precise, subtle, spiritually alive' Andrew O'Hagan. Andrew O'Hagan 'Karin Altenberg's debut novel is an impressive work of research and descriptive writing about Nature and place in a second language ... a penetrating insight into the psychology of a religious zealot and a relationship rolling inevitably towards destruction' Country Life. Country Life 'Compelling' Daily Mail. Daily Mail 'This is an accomplished debut, beautiful and compelling' Good Book Guide. Good Book Guide 'Emotional intensity is foregrounded and the nuances of Neil and Lizzie's relationship are set out in the writing like a heart on a sleeve ... Neil's psychological flaws are convincingly drawn' Guardian. Guardian 'Her literary achievement is astonishing ... A superb book' Scotsman. Scotsman 'I was enchanted by the magic of the storytelling. This is a novelist with a future' Michael Holroyd, New Statesman. New Statesman 'Stunning' Guardian. Guardian 'This lovely, haunting novel evokes the rough beauty of St Kilda ... A story of faith and love' The Times. The Times
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Karin Altenberg was born in Sweden and moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology. Her first, bestselling novel, Island of Wings, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
detaillierte Beschreibungen ohne zu langweilen,der Zeitgeist wird gut eingefangen,ohne die handelnden Personen trotzdem ihrem
Gewissen folgend agieren zu lassen
Island of Wings
No closeless to the main characters was allowed, the story was told as if from a distant detached point.
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The plentiful descriptions perfectly evoke the harsh barrenness of the land, and the fictionalised characterisations of this real family were interesting; at times, I would have enjoyed a tighter focus on Neil & Lizzie.
An interesting and well-written portrayal of an historical era, which seemed so primitive it's hard to remember the story was set only 150 years ago, and is based on fact.
rustic and rich in history. Plucking an event from actual history, as Altenberg did so skillfully in this novel, is no easy task. To flesh out or
bring to life the day to day experience in this tiny island found in the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland speaks to a deep appreciation for
the record left about life on St. Kilda and the descriptions shared by the Mackenzie's about their time there. In comfortable circumstances
the 1830's was no walk in the park, and the conditions that were met by the minister and his wife were at first glance bleak. That said, how
does one write a story that's rife with challenges, frustration and few rewards while, at the same time, drawing the reader into that world?
Simply put, it takes skill to look closely at such a life, find the elements that are meaningful and allow a tale to unfold that's all at once very
different, harsh and still rich in the culture of this long ago time and unheard of, before this book, place. The descriptions are lovely and the
characters are nicely drawn.