The Melody

The Melody

Book - 2018
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Alfred Busi, famed and loved for his music and songs, now in his sixties, mourns the death of his wife and quietly lives out his days alone in the large villa he calls home. One evening Busi is attacked by a creature he comes upon accidentally. Busi is convinced that the thing was no animal, but a child.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Hamish Hamilton, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735235212
073523521X
Branch Call Number: CRA
Characteristics: 224 pages

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Aug 16, 2018

When I started reading "The Melody" I thought that it had a lot of potential, but after a few chapters there were some things that were not working for me. Its prose is filled up with long sentences lined up on interminable paragraphs. There are hardly any dialogues, and it is easy to get the attention lost when narrative pauses are almost inexistent. Many times I found myself totally departed from the story and making an effort to come back to it. Jim Crace uses beautiful language and descriptions, however these are not the only elements needed for a novel to be good. Having the appropriate pace is important too, and unfortunately, to me, "The Melody" lacks this.

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