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Love is Blind

Love is Blind

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Boyd has long been a master of the technical aspects of fiction-writing, and in Love is Blind this is again in evidence: plotting, pacing and historical detail are all adroitly handled, and he succeeds in making the world of piano tuning—as well as the wider milieu of fin de siècle Europe—come alive. In any case, however, there are only flickers of the charm you would want to steadily emanate from such a period production. I grew to care deeply for the main protagonist, Brodie Moncur, in his blind love/obsession which takes over his life and this novel and leads us all on a tour of France, Russia, Ireland, Scotland and the Andaman Islands. It's a straightforward (overly so) historical romance, set around the turn of the 19th Century around Europe, particularly in Scotland, Russia, Paris and the French coast (Nice, Biarritz). Overall, the plot itself was a slow going at times and I did get a little overwhelmed in some areas.

I admire his craft as much as I ever have, even if the way I read – and maybe the way we all read – means I give in to it less. It’s a metaphor, of course, that the reader must take care not to trust Brodie’s “vision” of events.April Fooled, actually, and the fact that the party took place on 1 April and the subject had the names of two London galleries (Nat being short for National, and Tate) should have been a giveaway. It was as if William Boyd fell asleep, and I felt I was reading a completely (tedious) different story, that was in no way connected to the first half. His own three-part adaptation of his novel Armadillo was screened on BBC 1 in 2001 as was his adaptation of his novel Restless (2012).

I suppose there must have been a constant demand for such experts in the days prior to radio and television.An especially effective duel set-piece around two-thirds of the way through manages simultaneously to cite Eugene Onegin (“not forgetting poor Pushkin, of course”) and, in its outrageous yet thrilling denouement, Chekhov’s famous maxim that a gun appearing in act one should be fired in act two.

Boyd was in Nigeria during the Biafran War, the brutal secessionist conflict which ran from 1967 to 1970 and it had a profound effect on him. love to Lika: 'Brodie kept a running calculation: from September 1898 to May 1899 - no sexual congress with Lika.

So we shouldn’t perhaps be too surprised that the Lika here in his new novel – also a blonde, buxom, would-be opera singer – is very like the Lika there. We are told of Brodie’s encounters with prostitutes and he is evidently attractive to women, and generally quite personable and popular.

Boyd lets the story unfold against the background of a changing world although one where the last vestiges of Romantic classical music are still being appreciated.I assumed that the flaw in the system would ultimately form a key plot point - but when it didn't it caused me to wonder if the author saw the flaw. It has been a while since I had read anything by William Boyd and I usually find his books to be well written and hugely compelling. Once away from his 'trite and reasonable world', from his mechanical, predictable job, Brodie becomes almost overnight a cosmopolite, at ease in the business and artistic circles his new position opens up for him. It all comes out in the wash though and by the end I was feeling that my investment in wading through the slower sections had paid off. I got no real sense of obsession and I also found it completely un-erotic, despite some fairly graphic descriptions.



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