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Kate Benedict I like your book. Jan 01, PM. Sophie I am listening to it at the moment and find myself looking on, say Good Reads, instead of listening to the sex scenes. I find his infatuation with Lik I am listening to it at the moment and find myself looking on, say Good Reads, instead of listening to the sex scenes. I find his infatuation with Lika really disturbing and it is almost making me want to stop.
I love Boyd normally so will keep going. Julie Christine Sophie wrote: "I am listening to it at the moment and find myself looking on, say Good Reads, instead of listening to the sex scenes. I find his infat Sophie wrote: "I am listening to it at the moment and find myself looking on, say Good Reads, instead of listening to the sex scenes.
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I find his infatuation with Lika really disturbing and it is almost making me I love your method of distraction. It's definitely creeper-creepy, but I hope the rest of the novel makes up for it, for you, Sophie! Jun 18, Paul Fulcher rated it it was ok Shelves: , net-galley. Thomas Keneally suggested: "William Boyd is a consistently pleasing and illuminating writer.
He made it onto the Booker shortlist once with An Ice-Cream War, and — to be honest — should have won it.
This commendation drew me to Boyd's new novel, Love is Blind, but I would be very surprised if it caused this year's panel to tary long in their deliberations. It's a straightforward overly so historical romance, set around the turn of the 19th Century around Europe, particularly in Scotland, Russia, Paris and the French coast Nice, Biarritz. In the late s, Brodie Moncur is an expert piano tuner, working for a Edinburgh based piano manufacturer, and when the chance arises for him to move to Paris to try to reinvigorate their showroom there he grasps it with both hands.
As the novel progresses, Moncur travels across Europe, finding work wherever he goes, following Lika, and pursued in turn by Kilbarron's vengeful brother and business manager, Malachi. Wherever there were pianos he could find work, one way or another. Its rowan- and yew-dotted cemetery was crowded with ancient graves, former parishioners, the late, good folk of the Liethen Valley. Then they turned into the gravelled carriage drive of the manse, set in a wide dark garden filled with ornamental conifers — monkey puzzles, larches and cedars — and beech trees.
Beeches grew well in the Liethen Valley soil. The mood , the landscape. These small , low houses. The poverty. A couple of particular bugbears for me in the book - although in each case one hopes the author was aware even if the characters aren't. First, at one key point, Brodie's tyrannical father, Malky Moncur, a famously impassioned, if rather hypocritical, preacher, bases a sermon on an Apocryphal text to indirectly condemn his son: but the verses quoted bear no resemblance to any version of Baruch 6 I have seen did Malky simply invent them?
It was, Brodie saw, very obscure, even for Malky.
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From the Apocrypha, the Book of Baruch, chapter six , verses ten to twelve. He could see people vainly flicking through their Bibles, searching for it. For Nerias, the Levite, was a righteous man.
And the people saw the wisdom of the righteous man and Sedacius was spurned by the Levites, they spake not of him. There was a void, thereof. He was forgotten as a cloud melted by the force of the noonday sun, as smoke dispersed by a breeze.
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He was shadowless, a nothing, less than a mote of dust. I played a simple martingale system: doubling my stake 2 fr when I lost and pocketing my winnings when I won. You only bet on 2 to 1 odds. Red or black, odd or even. By the law of averages you will win at some stage.
The only strange thing — if you double your stake each time you lose — is that sometimes you can be betting 40 francs to win 2 — so you need a substantial float. Even if the chances of winning were genuinely 2-to-1 in practice, roulette is biased to the house the expected winnings are zero.
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The last sentence highlights why - you don't just need a 'substantial float', you need an infinite one and a casino prepared to extend you infinite credit lines. Sooner or later, the gambler will lose his entire float, the losses from which will balance out the modest winnings. I assumed that the flaw in the system would ultimately form a key plot point - but when it didn't it caused me to wonder if the author saw the flaw.
Overall, a pleasant but not particularly stimulating read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. View all 3 comments. Sep 13, Sid Nuncius rated it it was ok. The book follows Brodie Moncur from his early working life in the late 19th Century as a talented piano-tuner in Edinburgh as his work and his health needs take him to various places in France, Russia and beyond.
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I got no real sense of obsession and I also found it completely un-erotic, despite some fairly graphic descriptions. This is not a good combination in a tale of overmastering passion and as the story moved from place to place I kept thinking, "OK, you're somewhere else now and you're still in love with her. Jan 20, Roz Morris rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh dear. If it had been the other way round, I would never have read Any Human Heart - and it's one of my favourite novels.
So this is to say that I'm an admirer of Boyd, so I was willing to go where this book wanted to take me. However, I think this is a novella that's been padded to way beyond its natural length. The time and place are well evoked but much of the action is repetitive until the duel near the end.
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