A mysterious and frightening metamorphosis has befallen Ida MacLaird - she is slowly turning into glass, from the feet up. She returns to St Hauda's Land, where she believes the glass first took hold, in the vain hope of finding the one man who might just be able to cure her??.
Midas Crook is a young loner, who has lived on the islands his entire life. When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defences. As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, they begin to fall in love. What they need most is time - and time is slipping away fast. Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?
©2009 Ali Shaw (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
I chose this book, not my usual genre, as something attracted me. I started listening and found the narrator quite easy on the ears. I then started on a slightly weird, frustrating and yet absorbing journey. Frustrated by the characters lack of communication, their inhibitions and fears I found myself getting annoyed and yet still listened and what a brilliant book I thought it was.
If you can suspend your disbelief that people as so painfully in-articulate, not that implausible, and that weird creatures exist then read this book and allow it to invoke lots of emotions. Sad and tender, a true love story.
This is essentially a book about people - change the glass feet for cancer and the plot wouldn't really be that different. However...
I agree with the other reviewer that its hard to believe people can be so relentlessly unable to communicate - his parents, the Japanese guy, Midas - none of them TALK! The prose is lovely, with some beautiful descriptions of the land and weather, and the inner thoughts of Midas and Ida and the other characters that are given a voice, some only briefly, are always interesting, but I found myself sometimes thinking "just get on with it for heaven's sake"! I don't think I'd have had the patience to read it, and would certainly have read the end long before I reached it.
Well read, if a little chirpily at times - the narrator has to be related to Samantha Bond the actress (her surname is Bond so its possible). I kept thinking of that TV ad for Aerial washing powder - Brrrrrilliant! She has very similar voice tone and cadence. Her voicing of the various characters was excellent, especially Ida and Midas, the principle characters.
So - good for a long patient listen, worth hanging on in there, and worth it for some lovely descriptions that really catch the ear.
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