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2018 Book of the Month > February 2018 The Ventriloquist's Tale

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message 1: by Val (new) - rated it 3 stars

Val Our February book will be The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline Melville

This is an advanced notice because it is an older book and may take longer to request from libraries or find second-hand copies.


Lagullande | 76 comments I've got my copy of this already, and it is definitely on my plan to read.


message 3: by Val (last edited Jan 30, 2018 12:20AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Val Pauline Melville was born in Guyana and the book is set there. The family's home in the book is on the savannah near the Rupununi River and close to the Kanaku mountain range. This website has some pictures and information:
https://glguyana.weebly.com/kanaku-mo...

Here is an interview with the author:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...

and a couple of reviews:
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/10/11...
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-...


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Penny | 680 comments Mod
My library hasn't got this one - I have over 200 books on my shelves waiting to be read so I may sit this one out (I decided that for 2018 I was going to buy less books until I have cleared the ones waiting to be read!)


Lagullande | 76 comments Starting it today...


Lagullande | 76 comments I read to the end of Part One yesterday. The Prologue was of a quite different style to the main body of the book. It led me to expect a lot of magical realism - in fact, it has been a straightforward narrative, quite quick to read. Enjoying it so far.


message 7: by Val (new) - rated it 3 stars

Val The style is very different in the prologue; there is a short epilogue as well. I love magic realism, some of it anyway, but I think the simple, straightforward narration suits the book.


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