Chained Melodies: Sometimes people - and love - aren't what you expect them to be. Kindle Edition
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This story isn't a transgender love story. This is a love story that involves a transgender person. I think this story is great, it takes a look at the perspective of people's perceptions of transgendered people in the late 20th century and it makes you think about has that view truly changed today.
"...the excellent prose carried this book. Martin has an amazing voice, and her wordplay and structure literally make this book as good as it is. The whole thing flows from start to finish, annihilating the passage of time as you read (which is how I got through 100+ pages without even considering how far I'd read). There is very little to jar the reader out of the story, and there was more than one place where I actively teared up and had to sit back..."
About the Author
- ASIN : B014DP8EXC
- Publisher : I.M. Books; 1st edition (October 5, 2015)
- Publication date : October 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 831 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0993361323
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #595,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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“The thing is this; love, and everything to do with love shouldn’t be a trap. Love is meant to set you free, not imprison you. If you feel trapped by love, then it isn’t love. It takes courage to give and even more courage to give away. You can give love, but you can’t expect to receive it and then trap it in return. You cannot chain a butterfly to you simply because you think it’s beautiful.”
In a gorgeously phrased, exquisitely conceived work, Debrah Martin presents the era's tribulations, real wars, gender wars, and the power of love to transcend pain. The manuscript is poignant, yet neither maudlin nor sensational, and whimsically poetic while never losing its focus on weighty issues: the definitions of masculinity and femininity, courage, humanity and self-respect.
I really appreciated the fact that the story featured a transexual relationship, but that wasn’t the point of or defining characteristic of the story.
Debrah Martin weaves an organic romance perfect for modern times. I loved how real and complicated it was, just like actual relationships. You could see how this type of chemistry could blossom between old friends like Will and Tom.
This story is a gem to find on Kindle. I was very satisfied with how it turned out.
Will and Tom were best friends, despite their differences. They met in the school yard, Irish lads talking about apple-nicking. From the moment Will took a chance and trusted Tom, things changed for the duo – in ways no one could have ever imagined. 30 years later, when Tom would read the words Will wrote in a diary, that connection, that pull and prod of a lifelong friendship is raw and open – a wound begging to be healed and an invitation for the reader to learn what happened.
This story is touching, deep and mesmerizing. Tom and Will’s fates are intertwined though their lives take different routes. When the truth of the soul comes home to roost, Will faces who – and what – he is, and asks Tom to do the same. At times bittersweet and others beautiful, it ends on a note that will make you weep, both for hope and moments lost. Touching and heartfelt, this is human nature distilled.
"Chained Melodies" is kind of a take of the book itself even in it's title. Will/Bllie and Tom are bonded through the "chain" of friendship through the years. Although they go through their own personal growth and change, the chain remains unbroken. The "Melody" of it all is that they still flow together despite their different paths.
Tom goes through his heartbreak with his failing marriage. Not only that but fighting in Northern Ireland. Billie recognizes who she truly is and everyone around her have their own opinions, but Tom still accepts her for who she truly is. That, my friend, is true love and friendship.
This is a non-traditional story, yes. A love story, in a way. But it is a story that many should consume. It truly is a masterpiece!
After decades of reading historical romances, contemporary romances, and more recently erotic romances, I've recently run across the LGBT romance genre. Lots and lots of G, some B and a few L, but this was the first T novel I've read. It's always seemed to me that being trans has got to be the most difficult. This book followed a three decades long journey for two friends. And my heart hurt practically the entire time, page after page. I read to escape; to be entertained; to be aroused even, if I'm being completely honest. This book made me feel. Deeply.
Top reviews from other countries
24hrs later and Billie and Tom are forever in my heart and Chained Melodies has joined the list of my all time favourite stories which encompass a spectrum from Helen Van Slyke thru Graham Greene to Solzhenitsyn.
I have several trans friends and have followed their journey thru various stages, I don't know if this made me a more receptive reader or not but I was hooked after the first few pages and will be recommending the book to others. I have no doubt some people will be thrown by the idea of a 'transgender love story' but overcome that, dive in and lose yourself in this well crafted and believable tale which also serves as a primer for folks struggling to understand gender issues.
After this undoubted success I'm going to click on a few more of my e-books, but old-fashioned though it may be, top of wish list is a hard copy of Chained Melodies for my shelf of well thumbed treasured books.
I very much liked her writing style. It flowed, it was interesting and the dialogue and characterisation were spot on. The story is initially set in the 60's so it evoked many of my own memories from that period. A loving relationship is at the heart of the story and it was most interesting to follow Tom and Will/Billie as they and their relationship changed. It was wholly believable. By the end of the story one couldn't help having respect and affection for them both.
I don't want to spoil the ending but it really is clever and unexpected. The emotional impact was strong at times. And yes I know it is a story but isn't the point of a story to engage you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally? Well I think Debrah succeeded. Once I got into the story I did not want to put it down.
After having discovered Deborah Martin I look forward to reading some of her other stories. I don't think I shall be disappointed if they offer the same quality of writing shown in 'Chained Melodies.'
In my view the story is incredibly cheap, less than £1.00. What else can you buy for a pound that gives quality entertainment for several hours? This book is worth more and so gives great value. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.