The Melody

The Melody

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Aside from his trusty piano, Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days, occasionally performing the classics in small venues— never in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his town's highest honor, Busi is wrested from bed by noises in his courtyard and then stunned by an attacking intruder— his hands and neck are scratched, his face is bitten. Busi can't say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi's career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busi's own account of what happened is embellished to fan the flames of old rumor— of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest— and to spark new controversy: something must finally be done about the town's poor, the feral vagabonds at its edges, whose numbers have been growing. All the while Busi, weathering a media storm, must come to terms with his wife's death and decide whether to sing one last time.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385543712
Branch Call Number: FIC Crace J
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 21, 2018

Returned with out reading very much.

Aug 16, 2018

When I started reading "The Melody" I thought that it had a lot of potential, but after a few chapters there were some things that were not working for me. Its prose is filled up with long sentences lined up on interminable paragraphs. There are hardly any dialogues, and it is easy to get the attention lost when narrative pauses are almost inexistent. Many times I found myself totally departed from the story and making an effort to come back to it. Jim Crace uses beautiful language and descriptions, however these are not the only elements needed for a novel to be good. Having the appropriate pace is important too, and unfortunately, to me, "The Melody" lacks this.


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