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Distant Music: A Novel

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A love affair reoccurs across six centuries in this novel set in Portugal. The story begins in 1429 on Madeira, an island consumed by a fire that has blazed for seven years. A young peasant girl, Esperanca, meets Emanuel, a Jewish boy on shore from a Portuguese sailing ship. The courtship blossoms when he teaches her to read, but they know they must separate when the ship ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by Milkweed Editions (first published August 30th 2001)
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Jan 20, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain, c21st, fiction
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Kim Martinez
Oct 05, 2016 Kim Martinez rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; I read it in preparation for a trip to Portugal. It helped me understand Portugal somewhat more than I would have without having read it. It involved reincarnation, which was handled nicely.
Ian Mapp
May 20, 2015 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok
Shelves: lit-fict
Can't think why I added this to my To Read List - but there it is, number 4 out of 100s to catch up on. It may have been because I enjoyed Ferny - a love story across the centuries.

This has a similar theme, although much more disjointed.

Its four stories - starting out in 15th Century Madeira, where a young lady falls in love with a Jew.

Then the time frame jumps on - a few years to the expulsion of Jews from Iberia, to the 18th Century and finally the present time.

The characters losely join the s
Li a edição portuguesa com o título "Um amor para a eternidade" publicada pelo Círculo de Leitores já há alguns anos atrás.
Um livro sobre destinos cruzados, amores perdidos no tempo e o destino.
Mistura contemporâneo com histórico, à medida que vamos acompanhando as vidas passadas das personagens até ao seu encontro final.
Aconselhado para quem gosta ou tem paciência para dramas.
Jun 06, 2010 Terry rated it liked it
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This novel relates four loves stories all connected to Portugal and the island of Madeira. The implication is that the same story is continued in four different eras through the persistance of the spirits and/or memories of the original couple.
Rashmeet Kaur
Although I am not a love story lover, this book struck me as extraordinary. Its a beautiful tale of tragedy, love and struggle.
Arja Salafranca
Feb 11, 2012 Arja Salafranca rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about reincarnation across time, connections lost, remade, and re-remembered. Hauntingly beautiful.
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Award-winning novelist and travel-writer, Lee Langley was born in Calcutta in the late 1930s, of Scottish parents, and she spent most of her early childhood there. Her parents separated when she was 4, and she spent the next 6 years travelling through India with her mother, where she got caught up in the Indian independence riots. Her family returned to the UK as feelings rose higher against the ...more
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