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The Melody

The Melody by Jim Crace
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Jun 19, 2018 | 240 Pages
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“Superb . . . It felt as if the book itself had created an atmosphere around me, as if I’d entered its world involuntarily—and I wasn’t surprised. That’s how immersive Crace’s latest trickster tale truly is.”
Bethanne Patrick, NPR

“Jim Crace writes with great flair and inimitable imagination . . . The Melody is a lyrical and tender meditation on marital love and loss that further secures his position as one of Britain’s most distinctive and accomplished novelists.”
—Financial Times

“Extraordinary . . . The Melody is an elegiac ode of its own that confronts the evanescence of life. What begins with a memory jogged by the soft tinkling of bells becomes a haunting refrain of enduring love. In underscoring Crace’s genuineness, the novel champions the benefits of friendship and community in the face of inexorable progress and change.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
 
The Melody takes its place among Crace’s finest novels . . . Both grippingly symbolic and intensely real; it deepens and accrues in rhythmic prose that might itself be the melody of the title.”
—The Guardian
 
“[A] seductively atmospheric novel, suffused as it is with archetypes and the stuff of dreams . . . It’s an elegy, too—for lost love, youth and talent—and deeply moving.”
—Daily Mail
 
“Like Kazuo Ishiguro, Crace has a gift for creating specific, vividly imagined worlds which nevertheless exist outside the boundaries of traditional realism . . . That ‘here’ is never defined makes Crace’s haunting story more immediate, not less . . . Absolutely mesmerizing.”
—New Statesman
 
“Hypnotic and powerful . . . Enchanting and disconcerting . . . It offers a substantial rebuff to the idea, frequently remarked upon, that the novel in general, and the English novel in particular, has less and less to offer the modern reader.”
—The Irish Times

“A brutal parody of urban renewal and its casualties . . . With devastating understatement, Crace offers a parable for a time in which empathy has given way to callousness and fear.
Kirkus Reviews
, starred review
 
“Haunting and transfixing . . . Like the simple but subtle song from which the novel takes its title, The Melody’s effects linger, coloring the reader’s feelings about the thin border between the natural world and human society.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Exploring ideas of myth, grief, and inequality, Crace’s latest is an ethereal novel that ambles and simmers towards a delightful conclusion.”
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