David Wei Wei itibaren Táchira, Venezuela
I love Melina Marchetta, she brings characters to life like no one else does. The Piper's Son is the companion book to Saving Francesca, there is not need to actually read one to understand the other, but believe when I say they are BOTH worth reading. I can't even describe how good this book was. Thomas has definitely grown and he is going through a lot of issues. And I loved that this book wasn't just about Tom, but about his aunt as well. There is so much anger & fear going on in this book, but it's about family & what happens when a terrible tragedy happens. Anyway, I LOVED this book. LOVED it. EVERYONE should read it.
The plot: "Manfred"s title character broods over mysterious feelings of despair and ennui, calls up spirits of Nature, persuades the forces of evil to call up his dead love in a futile attempt to set his soul at peace. The drama ends with his death, of course, and his friends wonder where his soul is headed -- "whither? I dread to think." The appeal: How could such a despicably loathsome rake like Lord Byron write such exquisite poetry? The lines in Manfred are keen and clear, lyrical and lovely. Reading this makes me feel like I've eaten something utterly delicious.
By all rights, this should be right up my alley, there's some linguistic theory geekery and I do like a good dystopia, and I am known to be partial for weird structures, but there is something missing for me. It's a little clunky, some things are a little rushed, there are some instances of telling instead of showing, and then showing a couple of chapters later, and there's a little too much causal Christianity involved for my tastes. And then there is the persistent geek voice in me saying: "But no one in their right mind would ever set up a system with only one master and no redundancy or fail over". The last part is probably me being damaged from working in CS/IT. In all, it's a reasonably good tale, and worth reading, but I don't know if I'll hang on to my copy.