- File Size: 718 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003LN1UBG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#2,178,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #5035 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > New Adult & College
- #5871 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Women's Fiction
- #8432 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
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Let me start with the good things: Holloway can really write. He's handy with his words. The book is detail and image rich, and they are in the service of the plot, rather than the other way around. He's done a remarkably good job of creating a teen-age lesbian, which since he's a middle aged man, I'm fairly certain that's something he's never been. Sandrine is, for a teen girl, engaging, and for a coming of age story, has some stuff to actually be angsty about. This is not just whining for the sake of whining. I tend to think part of the reason coming of age stories are so frequently Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Historical is because those conventions make it easy to manufacture crucibles in which to create adults. This very real world, very now, set book did a good job of creating a situation to push Sandrine out of childhood towards adulthood, which is hard to do without falling into the whine whine whine of traditional adolescent angst.
The book is simultaneously very European, while being very true to the humanity of anyone who reads it. What I know about Hungary, the cutting edge of radical art/politics, music, and wine can pretty much fill a good sized thimble. Yet the book is well enough written to deal with all of these things without leaving me behind.
The bad: The plot twist.Read more ›
There are some flaws - brief off-notes where the dialogue is a shade to pretentious or whimsical to be true - but such is the compelling nature of the main character's voice you're easily carried over these small blips. I guess the main test of a book is whether after finishing it you would read more by the same author - and on this evidence that's a resounding yes from me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Songs from the Other Side of the Wall" investigates love, pain, time, identity, coincidence, personal fulfilment and narrative structure itself. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Rohan Quine
This is a book truly made for the digital age -- hip, sensuous, smart and up to date.* Holloway is the founder of the Year 0 collective and initially made the book free to grow... Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Marion Stein
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