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Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. The poverty. A couple of particular bugbears for me in the book - although in each case one hopes the author was aware even if the characters aren't. First, at one key point, Brodie's tyrannical father, Malky Moncur, a famously impassioned, if rather hypocritical, preacher, bases a sermon on an Apocryphal text to indirectly condemn his son: but the verses quoted bear no resemblance to any version of Baruch 6 I have seen did Malky simply invent them?
It was, Brodie saw, very obscure, even for Malky. From the Apocrypha, the Book of Baruch, chapter six , verses ten to twelve. He could see people vainly flicking through their Bibles, searching for it. For Nerias, the Levite, was a righteous man. And the people saw the wisdom of the righteous man and Sedacius was spurned by the Levites, they spake not of him.
There was a void, thereof. He was forgotten as a cloud melted by the force of the noonday sun, as smoke dispersed by a breeze. He was shadowless, a nothing, less than a mote of dust.
I played a simple martingale system: doubling my stake 2 fr when I lost and pocketing my winnings when I won. You only bet on 2 to 1 odds. Red or black, odd or even. By the law of averages you will win at some stage. The only strange thing — if you double your stake each time you lose — is that sometimes you can be betting 40 francs to win 2 — so you need a substantial float. Even if the chances of winning were genuinely 2-to-1 in practice, roulette is biased to the house the expected winnings are zero.
The last sentence highlights why - you don't just need a 'substantial float', you need an infinite one and a casino prepared to extend you infinite credit lines. Sooner or later, the gambler will lose his entire float, the losses from which will balance out the modest winnings. 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.
Overall, a pleasant but not particularly stimulating read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. Sep 13, Sid Nuncius rated it it was ok. The book follows Brodie Moncur from his early working life in the late 19th Century as a talented piano-tuner in Edinburgh as his work and his health needs take him to various places in France, Russia and beyond.
I got no real sense of obsession and I also found it completely un-erotic, despite some fairly graphic descriptions. This is not a good combination in a tale of overmastering passion and as the story moved from place to place I kept thinking, "OK, you're somewhere else now and you're still in love with her.
Oct 01, Silvia rated it liked it. But the new century is coming, and so are a lot of changes in Brodie's life. He will fall deeply in love with a Russian soprano, Lika, and this love will perpetuate for all his life, through thick and thin, and through difficulti but wonderful times.
I must admit that I've never read anything by William Boyd, I requested a digital copy of this book only becuase I'm a sucker for historical ficiton set in the s in England, but this story is so much more. First of all because it is set all around the world, and that solely is truly fascinating. And Boyd has a wonderful way with words. He has the magical ability to create vivid settings more than vivid characters , and for this reason I was fully in the story.
The characters were a little bit flat in my opinion. The love in the title really is blind, cause the two main characters meet once and are already in love, but I can get over that, it seems believable considering the strong passions of that time.
Love was very different from what we experience today, and at the same time purer, in my opinion. Lika was I didn't truly comprehend her reasons and the plot twist was a little bit predictable for me, we had all the clues, but at the same time I truly don't understand why she did what she did.
The story in certain points seemed to drag a little too much for my tastes, and the same events took place over and over again. And then again. The ending too was quite clichey but at the same time frustrating. But beside that I'm glad I've read this book, it's a fascinating story for sure, set in a wonderful time in our history. Jan 20, Roz Morris rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Oh dear. If it had been the other way round, I would never have read Any Human Heart - and it's one of my favourite novels. So this is to say that I'm an admirer of Boyd, so I was willing to go where this book wanted to take me.
However, I think this is a novella that's been padded to way beyond its natural length. The time and place are well evoked but much of the action is repetitive until the duel near the end.
But that can't make up for Oh dear. But that can't make up for the thinly drawn relationships. I wanted to share Brodie's infatuation with Lika, but I never did because she seemed so wooden - and so I didn't believe it. This led me to suspect the author didn't believe it much either. I'm sure there must be something I've missed and I'm waiting for someone to tell me - but the book simply didn't hold my attention the way Any Human Heart did.
View all 8 comments. Oct 29, Mary Lins rated it it was amazing Shelves: complete. I simply couldn't put down "Love is Blind", by William Boyd, finishing it over a weekend. I was captivated by protagonist Brodie Moncur, a flawed but compelling character blinded by love. Boyd is a fabulous writer, winner of many awards; anyone enamored with beautiful prose and a well paced plot, will love this novel, AND learn a lot about pianos and piano tuning, music, tuberculosis, and the aborigines of the Andaman Islands!
Oct 22, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing. Brodie Moncur is a year-old handsome, educated gentleman, a first-rate piano tuner in Edinburgh,with perfect pitch and attention to detail. This leads Brodie to the love of his life--a tall, beautiful Russian opera singer--and thus to the main action of the story.
It is part romance, international adventure, classic drama, a bit of melodrama, and even shades of a play—or a Chekhov play. We see her through his eyes, not ours. He is committed to her despite threats to his life and his need to flee at intervals, and the stress it has on his tubercular health problems. The reader is sent on quite a journey—from France, to Scotland, to Russia—and then full circle where the novel opens with a prologue in the Andaman Islands in Many sections of the novel are like little short stories that could have theoretically expanded into their own separate narratives.
Instead of blind faith to God, Brodie chooses the providence of blind devotion to Lika. The author expresses his narrative within the secular Chekhovian divination of love, art, time, and death. Nov 21, Annette rated it liked it. I'm reading this in a distracted state, in short bursts, in noisy places, feeling a bit weary after work, BUT I've hit the half-way mark and although I'm happily reading away the story somehow isn't delivering the something - whatever I thought that was going to be.
I'm going to finish it but there is a lack of depth to the characterisation that really prevents me from caring in the way I normally do with other novels by William Boyd. The I'm reading this in a distracted state, in short bursts, in noisy places, feeling a bit weary after work, BUT The final third of this novel feels undeveloped and dashed off - a dead ball.
This book is neither excitingly crunchy like granola, nor fuzzily heartwarming like oatmeal, but rather blandly filling like cornmeal mush. In order to make it a bit more appetizing, it has been seasoned with a bit of Paris, Moscow, Vienna, Nice, and, as garnish, an obsure South Sea island. What we have here is a triangle story with contrived conflicts.
Brodie hates his father, too. Conflict Nr. Brodie goes to Paris and gets involved with Lika. Brodie gets sick. Brodie gets framed at work. More detail at the end here. The book reads like it is written for a movie the way the scenes, the way people dress, what they eat, smoke, etc. Even the architecture of the houses is relayed in much technical detail. Excepting the excentric John Killbaran, the characters seem bloodless.
The characters move around a lot and things happen, but we never really get into their heads or their hearts. In the beginning, she is presented as a vivacious femme fatale, only to relax comfortably into a being a somewhat plump mistress and then goes on, surprisingly, to become an entrepreneuse and a practically-minded grand dame.
All we really know is, as we are repeatedly told, is that she is the woman Brodie loves. Brodie himself is getting along well in life as a debonair bachelor until he meets Lika, and from then on, she is really all he cares about. Love is blind, Get it? The sex scenes are awkward and crude, lacking in any eroticism.
They f….. They kissed. Or at one point when they are in bed, he looks at her breasts hanging down. Was this thought to deem the sight lovely? The prose, too, is only occasionally inspired. Otherwise Boyd resorts to using vocabulary that very few are familiar with, and I, for one, was grateful for the dictionary on Kindle.
Words such as: refulgent, charabancs, exegesis, demesne, wassailing, etc. We also agree with Lika that Killbaran most likely kept the melody in his head after hearing it once. Intermezzo,: Andantino by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
View 1 comment. Jul 08, SueKich rated it really liked it. William Boyd writes a story of love and great passion set at the turn of the last century. Brodie Moncur, son of an overbearing patriarchal clergyman, has a particularly musical ear.
His work as a highly skilled piano tuner takes him to Paris and beyond, fine-tuning the instruments of the great concert pianists of their day. On one such occasion, he meets Russian opera singer Lika Blum, mistress of a now-fading Irish pianist, and falls madly in love with her.
Their affair must be conducted in secret. Boyd is a natural storyteller who conjures up whole other worlds in which his readers can thoroughly immerse themselves. And this is no exception. In Brodie Moncur, he has created a sympathetic and likeable hero, although Lika, his great love, is less convincing. Just why does Malky Moncur resent his son so? All in all, this is a highly enjoyable and diverting read that takes in Edinburgh and Paris, Nice and St Petersburg, dampers and hammer-heads, jealousy and plagiarism, contemporary complaints and human conundrums.
My grateful thanks to Viking for the ARC. Mar 20, Alecia rated it liked it. I'm hovering between 2. On the one hand, I can tell he writes very well, but much of it struck me as rather thin. It is a love story with quite a bit of lust set in the late 19th century between Brodie Moncur, a brilliant Scottish piano tuner and Lika Blum, a Russian soprano of dubious talent.
I found the scenes between Brodie and his tyrannical, despotic father quite powerful, and also the parts describing how Brodie tuned a piano to please a fin I'm hovering between 2. I found the scenes between Brodie and his tyrannical, despotic father quite powerful, and also the parts describing how Brodie tuned a piano to please a finicky concert pianist were very interesting.
And since these choices were the basis for the whole book, it didn't resonate with me. I also found the ending to be quite melodramatic and I was rather glad the book was over. View 2 comments. Adolescent obsession Brodie Moncur works for an Edinburgh piano manufacturer, Channon, at the turn of the 19th century.
He started out as a piano tuner but now helps out with the general running of the saleroom, so when the new Paris branch is struggling the owner asks him to go over and see what he can do. Brodie has long been at odds with his father, a bullying hellfire preacher, and has no real ties in Scotland, so happily agrees. Once there, he falls in love with Lika Blum, the girlfriend Adolescent obsession Once there, he falls in love with Lika Blum, the girlfriend of an Irish pianist.
Then he stays in love with her for the rest of the book, has sex with her quite a lot, and fantasises about having sex with her most of the rest of the time. And maybe other places — I forget. Oh dear! Then again, this goes along with the personality type who would participate in such a series.
This type of series will likely appeal however to the anti-narcissist as well as the narcissist alike. The catastrophes which will ensue subsequently will likely be Overall, this personality type reads people well so the fact they cannot see one another is obviously the caveat, the warning and the test: is the read just as accurate as when one can see facial expression of the other person.
You will notice that they all mention the traits they liked within the other person - which are all traits of the people which are just behind the physical. Voice, laugh, one couldn't help himself and even mentioned race. Telltale signs. It's an interesting experiment. Lots of back and forth about things that are surface level. I won't say what happens but it's an interesting watch.
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