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How Pale the Winter Has Made Us

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Isabelle is alone in Strasbourg. The day after her partner leaves to travel abroad, she receives news of her fathers suicide, his body found hanging in a park back home in Crystal Palace. Isabelle misses her flight back to London and a new university job, opting to stay in her partners empty flat over the winter.

Obsessed with the many strange coincidences in Strasbourgs
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 13th 2020 by Influx Press
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Eric Anderson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes when staying in a foreign city the physical estrangement you feel from your homeland can match your mental state. How Pale the Winter Has Made Us opens with its English narrator Isabelle learning that her father has committed suicide in Crystal Palace, London. Shes been staying in Strasbourg with her partner who has recently flown to South America for an extended trip to pursue his medical work. A typical response to such news would be for Isabelle to immediately fly home to England to ...more
Paul Fulcher
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strasbourg lay all around me, familiar streets with cobbles, old buildings constructed in a mixture of styles, most of them incredibly preserved considering the many conflicts that had befallen the city over the years. My eyes, yet to be slashed in dismay, stared out of the window at the small groups of wandering tourists, who were thankfully blind to the Erl-King.

How Pale The Winter Has Made Us is the second novel from writer and filmmaker Adam Scovell. His first, Mothlight was also an
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Neil
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rofc-patreon, 2020
Adam Scovell is both a novelist and a film-maker. When a film-maker writes a novel, it turns out to be something quite different to when a novelist writes a novel that they hope will be turned into a film. The second of these scenarios is one of my pet hates in novels, or, at least, those novels where it feels to me that the author has written with the film version in mind.

Scovell writes in a way that doesnt make it seem like he is repeatedly saying please make this into a movie, but it is very
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Alan Teder
Haunted Strasbourg
Review of the Influx Press paperback edition (Feb. 2020)

I don't know if there are enough examples yet existing for this type of book to be grouped into a genre. If there were, then the category title could be something like the "fictional memoir" or perhaps the "fictional travelogue." Maybe there are only a few of these a year that are published. Lost Children Archive (2019) by Valeria Liuselli and War and Turpentine (2013/ English Translation 2016) by Stefan Hertmans and
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Jackie Law
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strasbourgs historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site in 1988. The city sits on the border, formed by the River Rhine, between France and Germany. Over many years it has come under both countries jurisdictions but is currently French. It is the official seat of the European Parliament. It has a long history of excellence in higher-education with its university boasting many famous alumni including nineteen Nobel Laureates.

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Robert
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adam Scovell is a filmmaker and one can see that when reading How Pale the Winter has made Us. Theres a cinematic technique in the way certain scenes are described. I kept imagining long tracking shots, silences and symbols appearing frequently. How Pale.. also has a pretty complex plot that would translate well in a visual context.

While in Strasbourg visiting her partner, Isabelle finds out that her father has committed suicide. Rather than go back Isabelle then starts to uncover Strasbourgs
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Sue
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just after her partner has left to study in South America, Isabelle receives the news that her artist father has committed suicide by hanging himself in Crystal Palace Park.

Rather than returning home to deal with the aftermath of her father's death, and the demands of her harridan mother, she decides to stay in Strasbourg for the winter, alone in her partner's flat.

But, the death of her father, a man she hated, has affected Isabelle in most unexpected ways and she becomes obsessed with
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Emily
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This world was constructed from objects and knick-knacks fallen from a flowing slipstream of time ... gathered on the shoreline of those tables.
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This is a strange and unsettling book in which the narrator avoids confronting her fathers death in London by remaining in Strasbourg over the winter alone. She abandons her new job and instead researches the city and its ghosts, seeking the stories of strangers and the past. Scovell is an interesting writer, and although the novel is exactly the mix of
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Sarah Rogers
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Strange book - the fragmentary nature of it was often frustrating, but some beautiful writing and a book that I already want to pass on to others as an example of something a little different. Perhaps just a bit too melancholic for me at this moment. A strong 3.5.
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