Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about. But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different. Because if you've read The Other Hand or Incendiary, you'll know that what his books are about is only part of the story - what really matters is how they make you feel. Gold is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It will make you cry. Gold is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It will make you feel glad to be alive. Gold is about the struggles we all face every day; the conflict between winning on others' terms, and triumphing on your own. It will make you count your blessings. Gold is a story told as only Chris Cleave could tell it. And once you begin, it will be a heart-pounding race to the finish.
©2012 Chris Cleave (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
I was intrigued by the refusal of the "blurb" to tell me what the book was about. I am so glad I didn't know as it would have been one of the last books I would have chosen. I'm really loathe to say "what it was about" in case it has the same effect. The first few minutes were about people who will be taking part in an event in London 2012. (My heart sank!) The next were set on the Death Star from Star Wars. (Confused? I was.)
Neither of these passages were what the book was about.
I am so glad I didn't delete the book before I read any further - it was beautiful, touching, sad and heart-warming.
I think I'll listen to again soon. Perhaps in July as I won't be watching the televison.
What a book..... Been a while since i have come across a book this beautifully written.
While Chris painted a beautiful picture with his words, Emilia filled emotions through her voice. You can sense various emotions being triggered during the whole journey. You can see things like it were happening under your nose. This is a great feeling.
I don't see why someone hasn't made a film out of it yet.... ;-)
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