From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, celebrity, local intrigue, and lost loveall set by the Mediterranean SeaAside from his trusty piano, Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days, occasionally performing the classics in small venuesnever in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his towns highest honor, Busi is wrested from bed by noises in his courtyard and then stunned by an attacking intruderhis hands and neck are scratched, his face is bitten. Busi cant say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal.The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busis career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busis own account of what happened is embellished to fan...
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The Melody Reviews
I was looking forward to this book: while it’s the first I’ve read from Jim Crace, I know that he has received lots of acclaim for his work. I was expecting something like Arthur Truluv (which I liked a lot) but this book just left me feeling flat. It was a small story, set in a small setting to a limited group of people, and encompassing a short amount of time (most of the book over just a couple of days). But although it was well-written, I just didn’t find it interesting or compelling, and I ...more
Harvest was originally to be Jim Crace's last novel but following its, at least to the author, unexpected success (Booker shortlisted, winning the Dublin Literary Award), he decided to continue:
I was surprised by its success. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won two international awards. Prize money is not for spending on a cruise or golf club membership. It’s supposed to pay for more books, so the puritan in me said I owed the prizes a novel.The inspiration for Crace's novels com ...more
Alfred Busi a former relatively well know singer living alone in a small town mourning the death of his wife.I is attacked one night by a feral animal or a small hungry child& so Jim Craces new novel spins &unfokds in its unique lyrically written fashion.Jim Crace has written another novel you will be drawn into highly recommend.
“We are the animals that dream.”
Jim Crace is an award-winning author with an established readership, but he is new to me. Thanks go to Net Galley and Doubleday for the review copy. This book will be available to the public Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Those that love literary fiction should take note.
Alfred Busi is a singer, and he was famous during his prime, but now he’s old, living alone in his villa with just his piano to keep him company. At the story’s outset he hears a noise below late at nig ...more
I’m a bit surprised that I didn’t enjoy this book more, considering all the other books I have read about lonely old men and their eccentricities. This one gets off to a confusing start and just never seems to get back on track.
The story is about Alfred Busi, a musician and singer who is grieving the loss of his wife. Busi has an attentive sister-in-law that he is somewhat attracted to, a nephew who he doesn’t care too much for and a young neighbor who he eventually comes to think of as a daught ...more
This is an allegorical tale set in a coastal town, as ageing musician Albert Busi aka 'Mister Al' suffers a vicious attack in his own home from some kind of creature. He's convinced that it was human child, or at least some kind of human. Next to his ramshackle house, where he lives alone since his wife died, is 'the bosk', a wild wooded area, home to all kinds of creatures. This novel is essentially about the wild within and the wild without, but it's also a fine commentary on the way that town ...more
I adore the prose of Jim Crace. It flows like music, and it is only fitting that he returns (after All That Follows) to another musician. Many of his books have as a theme the loss of control (clearly so in the title above, more so in the Booker nominee Harvest, and also in my favorite Signals of Distress), and this is the case here as well. The protagonist, Mr. Al, is losing control in multiple ways. Physically at the beginning, narratively in the second part when the anonymous narrator takes o ...more
As he walked away, grimly happy with himself, he swung the chain of Persian bells, still hanging from the hinges and the latch, and listened to the melody that no one wrote, the song that had no words, the water that was waiting for its stone.
Having only read Harvest by Jim Crace before (and loving that book, so I should have thought of picking him up again before now), I don't have a wide basis for considering him as an author overall. I can only note that The Melody shares many characteristi ...more