- File Size: 3368 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Publication Date: March 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CKJOR4I
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Woman in Blue and White is a study in that same narrative magic, but elevated threefold. It shows a refinement in narrative arc, a discipline in vocabulary and structure, and an intensified focus on her core theme that makes this her very best work to date.
Zoë witnesses a tragedy at her school and tries to forget the traumatic images with a trip to Greece. The opening paragraph resonates deeply with the tragic bombing in Paris at the Club Bataclan and there is a chilling moment when one realizes that fiction has been overlaid with reality.
The story of Zoë is told through flashbacks and present day narrative as her tale unfolds, revealing her special gift of second sight that so often seems a curse and how it burrows into her life and loves. A trope recurring in Ms Dooelaege’s work is contrast between the rational, Apollonian society of England and the emotional, Dionysian society of France. Zoë is of dual parentage, like other characters in Doolaege’s body of work, and finds self-awareness as she struggles with her emotions, quite at home in France, in an austere British landscape.
What sets Woman in Blue and White apart from the seers of A Paris Haunting and Candlepower is the disciplined focus that the author has found. This is not a novel about psychic power, about telekinetic abilities, about communicating with ghosts all bound up in one narrative; it is a novel about a woman and her struggle to be a woman in a male-dominated world. That she can sense what is about to happen adds a cruel twist to this already difficult struggle. Doolaege gives us focused bursts of Zoë’s singular ability and her crisp, spare descriptions of Zoë’s emotional turmoil compel the reader to focus as well. There are no other powers, no other literary distractions, to pull attention from Zoë the woman and that is the strength of this latest novel.
The storyline involving Ivar, Justin and Damien is rich and elusive enough to keep the reader guessing and off-balance. And it is being off-balance that makes the final dénouement so satisfying. Janet Doolaege possesses the uncanny knack of knowing just how much of the plot or sub-plot to disclose and then leaves the reader wondering until a critical later moment in the novel. Being able to gauge and juggle these critical moments is the mark of a gifted writer, and Janet Doolaege is precisely that.
If you liked A Paris Haunting, if you liked Candlepower, then you will be bowled over by the focus, discipline, and intensity of Woman in Blue and White. It is exceptional.
The story is set between France and Greece. I always love the way this author writes about France with a curious combination of reverence and honesty that places the reader so firmly in the scene, you feel you are physically there. She achieves the same with her descriptions of Greece. I’ve been to Greece, though sadly not to Santorini, but now I feel as if I actually have been there. The beautiful, evocative descriptions are what make Doolaege such a masterful author.
The plot of ‘Woman in Blue & White’ is also very clever. The rather naïve Zoe finally wakes up to the sort of person her long-term boyfriend is and finds the courage to leave him. A last minute opportunity to travel to Greece on holiday with a colleague hurtles her into an adventure that changes her life.
When Zoe finds a watch on the beach, she also experiences strange kinaesthetic powers that seem to suggest a tragic, possibly violent history and the feeling is so strong that Zoe believes the watch to have huge sentimental significance for its owner, whom she determines to track down and return the precious object. This is Ivar, a rather enigmatic and talented artist - and a fascinating character with whom I confess I fell just a little bit in love. If you only read the book for this gripping part of the adventure, read it you must. The author’s handling of Zoe trying to find Ivar is superb in its control of tension and drama.
I worry about giving too much away in reviews, and this is a story I would not wish to spoil for anyone. It’s a must read and one I definitely plan to re-read (hopefully sitting on a beach on a Greek island this summer). Ingenious plot, sensitive characterization and haunting descriptions – what more can I say about this truly five star read?
(I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review)
The story is set between France and Greece.Zoe is a rather naive Women so when she finally wakes up to the sort of person her long term Boyfriend is she finds the courage to leave him When a last minute chance to go to Greece on Holiday with a colleague hurtles her into an adventure that changes her life.
Zoe finds a watch on the beach and she experiences some strange Kinaesthetic powers that seems to suggest a tragic history to the watch that Zoe believes might have some sentimental meaning for its owner. Zoe is determined to track him down and return it to him. The plot is exciting and i love the descriptions they are delightfully evocative of both places.
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