- Tapa blanda: 240 páginas
- Editor: Vintage (15 de mayo de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099572370
- ISBN-13: 978-0099572374
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All the Birds, Singing (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 may 2014
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"Unsettling, dark and extraordinarily fresh. It feels eccentrically, wonderfully British… An inimitable, original new voice. Can’t wait to read more." (Viv Groskop The Times)
"Wyld is a writer who reconfigures the conventions of storytelling with a sure-footedness and ambition which belie her age... What makes the book so outstanding is the beauty and simplicity of the writing." (Cressida Connolly Spectator)
"One feels the influence of an early Ian McEwan or Iain Banks… But All the Birds, Singing, is also powerfully original, strongest in its handling of the human and animal worlds, and the thin line between the two." (Sophie Ratcliffe Times Literary Supplement)
"All The Birds, Singing is extraordinarily accomplished, one of those books that tears around in your cerebellum like a dark firework, and which, upon finishing, you immediately want to pick up again" (Melissa Harrison Financial Times)
"The closest cousin to All the Birds, Singing is Iain Banks' masterly first novel, The Wasp Factory… Evie Wyld's two books are quite as good as Ian McEwan's early fiction. Expect to hear her name often from now on." (Spectator)
"Her writing is precise, intense, haunting and poetic… A nuanced exploration of human suffering and resilience. Wyld’s writing seems to come from somewhere deep; somewhere a little big unnerving and odd. For once, the hype matches the talent." (Lucy Atkins Sunday Times)
"Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing is an astonishing novel … The story is compelling, the structure ambitious and the imagery vivid. This is one talented young writer." (Meaghan Delahunt Scotsman)
"Oozes, drips and throbs with menace… A thoughtful and intense account of a young woman seemingly determined to disappear from the world’s radar… All the Birds, Singing should enhance [Wyld's] reputation as one of our most gifted novelists." (Tim Lewis Observer)
"A hair-prickling thriller… It's the quality of [Wyld's] prose that really blows your mind." (Claire Allfree Metro)
"Unsettling, beautiful, horrifying and moving in equal parts, I haven't read anything quite like All the Birds, Singing for a long time… An extraordinary book." (Victoria MacCallum Stylist)
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Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.
It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award
Winner of the Encore Award
Winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction
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This is another one of those books (kind of like Annihilation) that defies hard categorization. Though it is a suspenseful novel I have a hard time calling it a suspense novel. If that makes any sense at all. As I said above – the structure of this book is what makes it so unique – it really gives the reader a sense of push and pull, dread and understanding, of what Jake is going through.
The ending is a point of contention for many readers (I’m going to just leave it there), but no matter how you feel about it, All the Birds, Singing is one of those novels that sticks with you for a long time after you’ve read it.
Unique and thoroughly enjoyable, I think that readers of literary fiction (and yes, suspense novels) are likely to really appreciate this book. This would also make an EXCELLENT book club pick because it’s relatively short and there are lots of things to talk about.
Wyld writes in a breezy, easy to read style. But she creates complex characters. Her structure fascinated me, a writer. As a reader I may have been less fascinated. You begin the story in Jake's point of view in the present time. That first chapter sets up Jake's present world but in the past tense. The second chapter flashes back to Jake's earlier life, but told in the present tense. Now the fun begins. Chapter three continues moving the present forward. So far, you're thinking, what's so strange about this? Right? Here we go into Chapter four. Wyld takes us into the past, but closer to the present. In other words, the present chapters move forward in time and the past chapters move backward. Got it?
You may say that's too confusing to read, but don't. Once I realized the pattern, I was anxious to keep reading. You know something very bad happened in Jake's to bring her to the present state she was in. You know she was running from someone or something. As the past moves further back in time, a little is revealed, but not all is revealed until the very end. The pieces of the puzzle finally come together at the end. Quite satisfying.
As an animal lover, I had some trouble with the descriptions of the slaughter of sheep. Other than that, I found the book an excellent read. Wyld writes like a poet. Every word counts. Here's one example:
"There's that solid heat that gets bounced down on us from the tin roof, and the flies in here are fat and damp--when they land around your mouth, you feel like you've been kissed by something dead."
What is this story about? It's about survival. It's about tragedy.
The protagonist is a woman who moves through men's world because the occupations that she is in--farming--is almost exclusively run by men. As we read the book, we learn about her past, and how she survives doing all she has to do. Farming is a hard, lonely, and even dangerous work, even more so for a single woman. There's mystery in this book and while reading one senses danger or something big to happen in the next paragraph or page. That keeps the book interesting till the end.