Proclaimed as truly spellbinding, a great fable that functions as transporting romance by the Guardian, the runaway #1 international bestseller
"A rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped inside them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding. TRACY CHEVALIER
Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
while this story radiates pure magic and enchantment to captivate bookworms everywhere, this is also a stunning love story. its humble and unassuming and so very touching. while i would have loved more ...more
Weve been called witches since the beginning of time. Word-cunning, they used to call itof a piece with invoking demonsWe were burned for it too. The Crusade wasnt new, weve always been scapegoats. Well, knowledge is always a kind of magic, I suppose.Emmett Farmer is a young man with issues. He used to think that he would inherit his familys farm. It was the life he was used to and the road he expected to follow to, and beyond, the horizon. But he has not been himself lately. His abilities ...more
The Binding cast a spell on me that I will take some time to reverse provided I want it ...more
This book has three parts to it. The first act is slow, plodding, and mired in the familiar 'other characters know things but cannot tell the protagonist for ...more
Emmett is suffering from a strange affliction. His parents are of little help, engrossed in how to find a wealthy husband for his sister, absorbed by their wish for money without even trying. When a strange call arrives, Emmett has to ...more
The premise of The Binding in one sentence : terrible people are terrible, and when I say terrible what I really mean is everyone. It's terribly gruesome and disturbing at times and portrays abuse in many shapes, yet I couldn't look away. For the past few days, I've been wondering why I was so damn affected by a novel that many of my friends found lacking. Yet I'm pretty sure that the sense of dread I felt came from how very realistic the horrors pictured were : you can wrap up abuse with a ...more
This book was spellbinding and included an original concept (about books!) that I had never read before; it completely ensnared me into its pages.
The tale starts of with Emmett, a farmer from a small house in the country, plagued by nightmares which in turn effect his work. Suddenly one afternoon, he receives a letter, telling him that he must go to be a binder, a job that promotes fear, prejudice and superstition among communities.
Emmett goes to be an apprentice as a binder so that one day ...more
This book consists of three parts. The first part was slow, and it really, really dragged. The second was better, as I think it is the only part of the entire book that I liked and was ...more
Historical fiction mixed with folklore and magical realism, and a love story that gave me all of the feels!!!!!!!! YASSSSSS. Do yourself a favour and read it.
Perfect for people who liked The Thirteenth Tale or The Shadow of the Wind
ONE FAULT THOUGH
The freaking blurb on the back cover gave away a plot line that didn't occur until page 161.... Like I get that I probs would have figured it out anyway BUT STILL! Robbed me of some of my fun so bah humbug to you blurb writing ...more
"Which was worse? To feel nothing, or to grieve for something you no longer remembered? Surely when you forgot, youd forget to be sad, or what was the point? And yet that numbness would take part of your self away..."
There are times in life we all go through painful things, things we wish hadn't happened, and which make us sad and anxious, or worse, to remember. What if you could have those memories removed? What if you could choose what you remember, to keep the good and get rid of the bad?
If good marketing and stunning art cover lured you here under the pretence that you are going to read some genre-bending fantasy, you need to know that you have been deceived. This is essentially a romance (view spoiler)[A farm boy has a romp with an upper-class lordling his sister hopes to marry and then is sad when the world proves to be a nasty place. Ah no, sorry, my mistake. Happy ending ensues (not for the sister, though). (hide spoiler)] ...more
The Binding was a very different story to the one I had anticipated. The synopsis conjured a whimsical and fantastical alternate history. The book, ...more
Emmett Farmer is to become a book binder. This is no wonderful thing for him since this is a profession that is feared, filled with suspicion and ill omens, and one he is loath to consider, and yet here he is apprenticed to Seredith. She is an old binder and although Emmett has been drawn to books, he ...more
In this surprisingly emotional fantasyliterary fiction blend, books are sordid things, definitely not read, and locked away in vaults at reputable companies with names such as Lyon & Sons. Each book in this world contains the wiped memories, most often horrible, of one person. Destroy that book by fire, and restore the horrible memory. Or, in rarer instances, destroy that book and restore destroyed lives.
On the simplest level, The Binding is about same-age characters Emmett ...more
When Emmett Farmer is called to work as an apprentice to the local binder -- a woman who makes beautiful books that no one is encouraged to read -- he assumes that its because hes been ill and is too weak to do field and farm work....more
All I know is that this is one of these rare, magical books that pulled me in to take a piece of my heart and never give it back again.
It's almost impossible for most readers, me included, to name just one book when asked about a favorite title. But this one has definitely made it onto the short list I usually give people.
Title: The Binding
Author: Bridget Collins
Release date: January 7, 2019
Genre: historical fiction, fantasy
I had such high hopes for this book and I'm so disappointed that I didn't love it. When I read the synopsis it sounded like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is a favorite film of mine. It's about a couple who have broken up and erase each other from their memories to forget the heartbreak they suffer from. The twist on that concept is that the memories being ...more
Emmett, he said, dont ever let me see you with a book again. You understand?
I didnt. What had happened? Id bought it, I hadnt stolen it, but somehow I had done something unforgivable.
The Binding is far from perfect and, in some particular aspects, it barely scratches the surface, but I am forever fascinated with stories that deal with the subject of memory loss and its consequences and, in this, Collinss fantasy novel is extraordinarily unique.
At the centre of it ...more
Imagine if you could bind away your memories in a book once written and bound you forget. You can leave the bad behind. Is that good? Or would it empty you of that which makes you who you are..
Emmett has been unwell, a fever of the mind, when he is called to learn the trade of the bookbinder. So begins an unusual love story, a speculative fantasy tale, a beautifully ...more
I was so deeply invested in this story that the scenes played through my mind like a movie and, were I an artist, I could draw every setting. So deeply invested that a tragic moment left me short of breath and tearful. Of course, I have at least some level of investment and interest in every book I read, otherwise I wouldn't be reading them, but the most recent book that comes to mind which affected me this strongly is ...more
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