A Song for Ella Grey
Winner of the Guardian children's book prize 2015
I'm the one who's left behind. I'm the one to tell the tale. I knew them both... knew how they lived and how they died.
Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She wi...more
A song for Ella Grey reads like a dream melting into another dream.
It is otherworldly and infused with a lot of imaginary aspects. However, it still feels realistic.
Poetic prose is woven into this original story, making it feel more like a long, dreamlike poem than a real novel.
"I wanted to be with Ella, only Ella.
But she loved being with the others, not having to try too hard with anybody or anything.
Being lovely, dreamy Ella, singing along, dreaming along.
It was like she wasn't there, not r ...more
A Song For Ella Grey is a sort of retelling of the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. If you're not familiar with their story, well, here's the gist : Eurydice is dead, and she is in the underworld. Orpheus is in despair, and would do anything to get her back. He journeys through hell, makes a deal with death. He is to guide Eurydice back to the light, but he can not turn to look at her until they are out of hell. When they are finally at the mouth of hell, O ...more
This book was…surreal. It just seemed like it was trying to hard to be meaningful. Don’t get me wrong there were some beautiful quotes in there but sometimes it just felt like too much. The plot was confusing and I just didn't understand what was happening most of the time. I know it’s based off of a Greek myth but it just felt all over the place and the ending just didn't make sense to me. I enjoyed the story at the beginning ...more
As well as being a beautiful retelling of the myth of Orpheus, A Song for Ella Grey reads like a love letter to all our eternal forms of story-telling: music, myth, poetry, art... ...more
What can I say? This book is a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice's romance but it is viewed through the eyes of third person. The original mythology was tragic and this was too. Ella and Claire are thick as thieves. They are more than best friends --- they're soul mates. But then Ella falls in love and Claire can't help but fade into the background as Ella dives into a whirlwind love affair with Orpheus. Th ...more
This modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has a lovely, ethereal quality to it. While set in the present, the story and characters feel timeless. Experiencing Orpheus and Ella’s love story through Ella’s friend Claire Wilkins ...more
Unfortunately, this re-telling only broke my heart. It's a bit messy. Boring. Unfinished. Not clear as where this story is heading. I had to ...more
''A Song for Ella Grey'' by David Almond's poetic and colorful book that fills the reader inside. Written in a very powerful way, it's just like a song with its own captivating melody - sometimes turbulent, sometimes gentle. A melody that drives away the darkness and it's like a gateway to a vast world, a world beyond our reach.
A powerful way of writing which fills the reader inside. Fate, love as ancient as the universe and sinfully b ...more
The premise for the book catches your attention from the beginning; it is a modern reinterpretation of the myth Orpheus and Eurydice, from the perspective, not of one of the ill-fated lovers, but of a third party.
When I’m looking for a new read, the elements I look for invariably include beautiful but relatable escapism, and, depending on my mood, a heavy dose of realistic tragedy. All ...more
I got this ebook from Netgalley in return of an honest review.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect, at all. I had never heard of the author or one of his books, so I really went into it blind. For that reason, I was so pleasantly surprised with what I encountered. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn't put it down...
While I was reading it, I didn't know where I was, who I was and what people around me were sayin ...more
I have written about David Almond before; rapturously so. A Song For Ella Gr ...more
I read it in one almost completely uninterrupted sublime gulp. You can read it quickly, because you get swept away by the power and rhythmic force of the language, but you will also want to ...more
It was full of twists and turns and was such a page turner.
Once I started the book, I literally couldn't put it down.
This book is by an amazing author called David Almond and is about a girl called Claire who is in high school.
It talks about her best friend Ella Grey, and every difficulty that comes in play was never expected. It is such a cliff hanger and is very well written.
Ella Grey first hears her one and only love on Claire's phone, and is in love with him ever ...more
This was my Firts David Almond book, and IT WAS MINDBLOWINGLY BEAUTIFUL.
I am sure this book is not for everyone, and it is not supposed to be read when you want to read just another book... No you have to get into right mindset for this book. (That's the reason for such low ratings).
I could tell you what this book is about, but I would be telling you a lot more than you need to know to read this book. Just get into it. It is really beautiful, both the words an ...more
David Almond has both a Printz winner and a Printz Honor book under his belt, but I have admittedly never heard of him. Printz-winning or honored novels have a good chance of being used in school–I had to read Printz winners Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and Monster and Printz Honor novel/hotbed of stupid controversies Speak is also used in classes–but aren’t necessarily memorable. Look at this l ...more
Claire and Ella are best friends who grew up together in Northumberland. On the cusp of their senior year of high school, the two girls make plans to live free and camp on the beach with their group of friends. Their group is known as the "hippies"in their small town. Claire and her friends shops in vintage clothing stores and play instruments. They smoke weed and drink wine; celebrating love and freedom. Everyone, ...more
Not being British it took me a little bit to get used to the different way of punctuation and how the author wrote the dialog essentially phonetically (so the characters read in a Northern England accent) but once I got through that I fell in love. This is a book about love. It is a retelling of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice (Eurydice in this case being our titular Ella Grey) and it is of course about the love between Orpheus and Ella, an insane, magical, cosmic ...more
I'll start with what I liked in this book:
- it's a fast read!
-(view spoiler)[the scene when Orpheus gets to Hell's gate and the creatures there being the ones Claire and Ella saw when they were little girls. I also liked the links between Ella's past and her present, with the mention of water and all. (hide spoiler)]
- Claire's relationship with Ella (view spoiler)[the fact that, clearly, Claire seems in love with Ella, it's not just gi ...more
Readers may find themselves a little alienate thanks to the dialect. Set in England, the book tells a retelling of Orpheus and the ...more