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This Must Be The Place: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*
Short-listed for the Costa Novel Award - A Richard and Judy Pick 2017
A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet?
Her husband, Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw 20 years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?
*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.
Détails sur le produit
|Durée||14 heures et 28 minutes|
|Narrateur||Penelope Rawlins, Thomas Judd|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||14 juin 2018|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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However, although the complicated structure of the book is perfectly mastered by O'Farrell, to me it was all over the place, and I found the constant shifts of time and place less than satisfying. But perhaps this is an entirely personal feeling, maybe I just prefer plain chronological narration!
I liked the main character, Daniel, very much, but I thought Claudette was very hard on him....
So a good book, though not particulary gripping nor entirely satisfactory as far as I'm concerned. I still think O'Farrell is very talented but I am less a fan than I was, due to my tastes evolving...
You may question the credibility of the the starting point, the vanishing act of a former film star. Nevertheless I love this book because of his emotional insight, its subtle portrayal of human relationships, its ability to keep together the numerous strains of the storytelling and above all its superb command of the language." ...those doubled electric doors, curved in shape, which open and shut with an hesitant glide, creating a momentary parenthesis around those who pass them": this is the signature of a master.
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This is a shame really as M O'F is a beautiful writer, evoking place and mood, but at least for this book it seems to be at the expense of story and character. This is the only book of hers that I've read and, from reviews, seasoned fans suggest it is out of character, so perhaps worth persevering.
The idea is interesting - tracing the arc of a marriage - but the execution and characterisation don't work for me. It might make a better film or mini series.
I like the way she writes and loved 'the vanishing act of Esme Lennox but found this much harder work. The story line is quite thin and cutting it up and imposing time changes and different narrative voices does not disguise this well enough. Neither Claudette or daniel are intrinsically likeable or, more fatally, believable, characters and I found it difficult to sustain a sufficient level of interest in either of them which means that the outcome of their marriage is a bit of a non-starter as a hook and two of the minor players had interesting tales to be told that were left hanging in the air. We did hear a bit about what happened to Claudette's first partner but there were still inanswered qustions and the middle-aged woman on the road trip with Daniel had a fascinating tale which ccould easily have been expanded upon
overall it just felt that she was trying too hard to make something meaningful and significant out of a very ordinary tale
The writing style takes a little getting used to, as the narrative moves between characters and time periods quite frequently, and in some cases the style of writing changes altogether when this happens. It can be distressing for the reader; just when you get deeply drawn into one character's plight, you are suddenly transported to a completely (seemingly) unrelated person 10 year prior. This isn't a criticism though; each storyline is compelling in its own way, and while you may be briefly frustrated at wanting to know what happens next to character X, you'll quickly find yourself being equally invested in the life of character Y. This is a testament to how deep each of the main characters are, and their tales all ultimately tie together and contribute to the central theme of Daniel and Claudette's marriage.
Maggie O'Farrell's writing style is certainly one of the more unique that I have come across recently. She is very adept at capturing emotion which lets us emphasize with the characters, and giving depth to her whole cast so that even larger-than-life figures like Claudette are completely humanised and endearing, and peripheral characters like Ari have distinct personalities despite relatively little word-count focused on them. More notably though, while O'Farrell employs some 'twists' in the story, they are heavily forecast and sometimes bluntly stated long before they occur, so when they do happen we focus on the characters responding and dealing with them, rather than experiencing the shock impact ourselves. I've noticed this is employed in several of her books, and it's a very effective technique.
This is one of the few books in my adult life I've read more than once, and the story, writing, characters were all just as engaging and heart-wrenching on repeated readings. Cannot recommend enough.