- File Size: 804 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publication Date: October 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009UFEADE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Narrated by Stella, all events are filtered through her consciousness, but as seems to happen with Doolaege's novels, the POV character takes something of a back seat in order to turn the spotlight on other characters. There are some marvellous characters in 'Candlepower', though none more delightful than Rose. Of course, the other thing this author does so well is evoke the atmosphere of a Paris unseen by tourists, making the reading a satisfying, visual experience.
The question of who and what Rose is permeates the entire story. She's an ethereal being and I spent a lot of time wondering if she was meant to be real. She lives alone in a Paris apartment opposite Stella, teaching and playing beautiful music, creating exquisite patchwork quilts by candlelight (she shuns electricity) and talking to the birds.
It is when Stella's canary, Topaz escapes through the window that Stella first meets Rose. Unable the resist the attraction Rose has over all living creatures, Topaz leaves his tree and flies into her hands, and that's the beginning of a rather haunting friendship.
There is a beautiful poignancy about the way this story unfolds around the two almost-tragic females who find friendship in a world in which they are both slightly out of kilter. Bilingual Stella escapes from an overbearing mother, academic father, not-too-loveable brother and an unhappy love affair, into a Paris apartment she purchases with her beloved grandmother's legacy. She yearns to love and be loved and after meeting Rose, embarks on another love affair with Rose's friend, Olivier, ignoring all the hints that her fragile heart is again at serious risk.
Of Rose, Stella tells her father, "People are drawn to her, but somehow they're scared of her at the same time." This sums up everyone's attitude towards the tormented Rose and the reader longs to know more about her and for the other characters to understand and accept this strange and rather wonderful creature in the same way the birds do with their unquestioning adoration.
It's always difficult, when writing a review, to say enough to interest other readers but not too much to give away 'spoilers', so I'm reluctant to say more about the events and mar the reading experience for others. And it's a reading experience I highly recommend. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and when I was reading, I was mesmerised by the often grim Parisian atmosphere and the colourful, diverse characters. The story is beautifully told and weaves a magical spell that held me enthralled from beginning to end. Read it - enjoy the magic.
Stella lives with her beautiful conarry Topaz, who flies free one day out of her open window. She races outside to find him being coaxed out of the tree by a mysterious woman named Rose. This is where the story truly begins. Rose is a peculiar woman who sews beautiful coats and quilts, and she also teaches piano lessons. Rose also does not use ANY electricity. There is something quite attractive about Rose and almost all are drawn to her, people and animals alike. We also meet Oliver through Rose, who Stella finds very attractive but in a totally different way.
There is some definite heartbreaking moments throughout this story. However, by the time I was over halfway finished with book, I was pleasantly surprised by the feeling of optimism exploding from within Stella.
I was captivated by Ms. Doolaege's writing and how she draws you into her story, feeding you with each passage. I truly could not put this book down and stayed up late several nights engrossed in its pages. There seems to be a continuation story that can be made from the ending of this one, and I will anxiously wait for its publication.
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Set in Paris France, Stella is a bit of a social outcast. She meets her neighbor Rose.Read more
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