- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Walker Books (2 de octubre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1406357731
- ISBN-13: 978-1406357738
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
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An almost operatic air. . . Walton's beautiful prose captures perfectly the blurred boundaries between everyday primary suburban life and the fantastical elements of epic tales. . . A sorrowful tale that will haunt the reader. * Inis Magazine * A powerful book that echoes long after the last page. * Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read * First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human. * Reading Zone *
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A mesmerizing, lyrical tale of the bright and dark sides of love and desire. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology that "follows Ava Lavender's discovery of her one-of-a-kind self" (Teen Vogue).
Shortlisted for the 2015 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, Leslye Walton's stunning debut novel is "rich with lyrical and whimsical writing" (Kiera Cass, New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series). Magical realism is woven through this generational saga, creating a narrative reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a taste of Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
Foolish love appears to be a Roux family birthright. And for Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is an ominous thing to inherit. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to join her peers, Ava ventures into the wider world. But it is a dangerous world for a naive girl – a world which may view her as girl or angel. On the night of the summer solstice celebration, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s journey and her family’s saga reaches a devastating crescendo.Ver Descripción del producto
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Honestly, I knew nothing about this book before I opened the cover. Even after reading the synopsis, I couldn't tell you what it was about. I had no clue why I wanted to read it so badly, but I did. So, I filled out a purchase request at the library, and when it came in--slightly before the release date--I had to sneak a peek. And I almost couldn't put it down.
4 Things You Should Know:
1. This is not your grandma's love story.
Ava may be the main character, but the book is about more than just her. The women of the Roux family have a long and sorrowful history of ill-fated love, which Ava catalogues faithfully, beginning with her great-grandmother. Told from Ava’s contemporary point-of-view, she chronicles the lives and deaths of her ancestors, as well as the peculiarly tragic ways in which love made fools of them. Ava herself does not reach the story of her own life until the middle of the book. When I encounter a novel like this, one that reaches far back into the ancestral well of despair, I usually grumble, sigh, and settle in for the ride, prepared to make the requisite investment in past lives and hoping the payoff at the end will be worth it. However, this was not the case. At all. I was as riveted by the three previous generations of Roux women as I was by Ava herself. Each character was so carefully recorded, each taking turns in the spot-light, that my heart was breaking alongside of theirs at every turn of the page.
2. Is this real life?
Magical realism--the straight-faced portrayal of events and circumstances so obviously otherworldly--is one of my favorite literary devices, and Walton folds magic into her prose so beautifully, I never question the little oddities that plague the Roux family. Her great grand-mere simply dissolves into a pile of dust. One great aunt transforms into a canary, the other carves out her own heart, and they both insist on haunting Ava’s grandmother. Ava’s mother has a nose able to distill someone’s very essence from the air. Her brother is a fairly mute boy with a talent for drawing maps and talking to ghosts, while Ava herself is born with the speckled wings of a bird. All these things seem highly unbelievable, yet Walton so tenderly relays these facts that I don’t doubt her for a single syllable.
Quirky, eccentric, playful, quaint. Call it what you want, but Walton’s writing is marvelous. Literary without being pompous and whimsical without reaching the outlandish, Walton’s writing had me swooning from page one. Her seamless fusion of magical realism and a documentary-like structure melds in the gentle cadence of her lyrical prose. Every sentence had me rapt, and I could’t turn the pages fast enough.
4. Let me count the ways
Walton tackles every kind of love you can think of, from filial, to platonic, unrequited and purely lustful. She unrelentingly shows how each of these can destroy you, and how that destruction can define you. But she also demonstrates the maddeningly human quality of choosing, again and again, to love. She begs the ultimate question of why it is we love, and presents an answer both poignant and optimistic.
Heartbreaking, haunting, and yet strangely hopeful, this book was so very unlike anything else I've read. It was oddly whimsical and literary, two things that don't often pop up in YA. But it was also heartfelt and utterly engrossing. Less than three pages in, I was hooked. By fifty pages, I was on Amazon ordering my own copy, knowing full well I would finish the book before the package even came. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender just may be my favorite read of the year.
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Why? The magic is woven into the mundane so naturally that rules and explanations would ruin the effect. It just is. In this particular story, the metaphors are literal as well. I'm not sure if that is how the magic operates in this world (no explanations) or if it is common in magical realism. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the literal twist. For example, a character was so happy, he grew two inches. Normally we would read that as he stood taller, more proud. No, he literally grew two inches right there on the spot. Another character was so sad, she began disappearing within herself. She literally began disappearing, fading over time. Fantastic!
My favorite literal metaphor/theme, was that of love birds. The Lavender family is unlucky in love. They also possess a strange and beautiful connection to birds, even becoming birds or being born with wings. This is a tale of many sorrows until the three prominent women featured learn that love can set them free from the cage they put around their life and become the wind beneath their wings--as the saying goes--enabling them to soar and experience new heights.
The story oscillates between third person omniscient point of view (head hopping), third person intimate (from a specific character's point-of-view), and first person. It was done so seamlessly, that it rarely pulled me from the story. I love it when POV storytelling is jumbled up like this, similar to The Night Circus.
The characters are deeply flawed. I found it was easy to sympathize and care for each one. It's through their sorrows and mistakes that the readers are able to truly appreciate how they overcame their trials to a place of inner-peace and new-found joy.
I give The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 4-4.25 stars. Wonderful read. Highly recommended!
Walton's writing is beautiful, luring, and haunting. There were times when I was engulfed by anger and would force myself to look away, to remove myself from the course even I knew it would take. And there were other times when these sorrows took hold so deeply, that I pushed forward, looking for the way out. A push and pull, all surrounding the illogical logic of love.
I was initially hesitant about the generational aspect of this, but it soon grew on me and I couldn't imagine feeling the same depth and understanding without it.
I did have a few problems with some aspects of the book, and the path our characters took, but perhaps that was the point the author was trying to achieve. After all, as she says, "Love makes us such fools".
But should love be used as an all encompassing excuse?
If you're looking for something different, a bit of magical realism, and a book about love in a way seen too rarely. . . then don't hesitate to pick this up.