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Butterfly Hunter (Volume 1) Paperback – November 12, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
I was born in England and lived most of my life in Australia before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologize for it. I have been writing fiction for almost thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are. In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso. If you would like to know more, please come and join the conversation at juliebozza.com
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One is Julies writing style which I enjoyed, and the plot....who would have thought that going to find these butterflies would be so riveting! Being Australian the fact that Dave did not sound 'ocker' or talk in 'strine' was a bonus.....no 'sheila's and top blokes' here. Loved how Dave taught Nicholas how to order beer in a country bar, how there was no homophobia in the small country towns, except when his drunken mates gave them a mouthful.....and then were extremely mortified about it the next day. Nicholas and Dave were great characters, so different to each other, yet complimentry.
Another reason is the weaving of Aboriginal folklore into the story. The Aborigine has been in Aus for between 40 - 60,000 years and their connection to the land a deep and powerful thing. Charlie was a great character - a modern man, but also an elder and therefore keeper of tribal lores - how he wanted to help but there are things that cannot be told outside your own clan. So he hinted here and there. Moved me to tears when he told the story about how his friend, being the last of his tribe, taught Charlie one of their songs, a cultural taboo, so that it could still be sung to the land. And how Charlie wanted to teach this to Dave, so he could keep the song alive and take it back to the butterflies, but he had to speak to the other elders about it, as while not their tribes song, it was a bigger leap to teach it to a white guy.
The ending for me.....it was good, & happy, but. I would have liked an epilogue, yet maybe that is why the book has stayed with me with the little unanswered questions. Do they go back to the lagoon? Does Charlie teach Dave the song & rituals, and does he go back to perform it? For me, to have Dave do that would have been poweful to read and for Dave, with his deep connection to the land a way to give back to the country he loves with its song.
However, I was so moved, so deeply, by this book that I just want to say that it is not just good, it is beautiful.
I've gotten so tired of the formulae, the standard obstacles (Any nasty local pastor, anyone? Any mother throwing her child out in the snow-covered streets?), and the endless, predictable tear-jerking moments typical of M/M fiction that this book came like a cool breeze wafting over my soul.
It is a great and unique story, filled with metaphor, spirit, soul, acceptance and love. It didn't so much as make my eyes tear as my heart soar, and for that, I thank the author, most profoundly.
This is what I buy books for.
By all means read this book. If you only read one gay fiction book this year, make this the one.
Metaphorical connection between Nicholas and butterflies is simple of course when the reader learns it, but it does not become any less poignant or beatiful to me.
"Now that Nicholas was moving about, the butterflies has mostly lifted away to hover around him, but a few had come to Dave instead. They seemed to be - He carefully lifted an arm to look closer at one. It seemed to be smelling him, or something with a long probing thing unwinding from just below its head to poke and dab at him. "What's he doing?"
"Drinking your sweat," Nicholas said, in tones that were amused and - it was true - slightly envious.
"Huh. Old pervs, the lot of you, " Dave retorted, though more fondly that he'd intended"
When Nicholas and David were finally together, I had a lump in my throat when reading the sex scenes - I do not often feel a need to reread sex scenes in the story, but here I did, because they were just as beatiful as every other part of the plot and characterization.
I really hoped that both of them will have many happy years together after the ending of the story, but I was also glad that regardless of how long they have Nicholas managed to "seize the day" just like his blue butterflies.
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