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For Love of Anna Kindle Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Love of Anna,
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- ASIN : B00H9ESVFQ
- Publication date : December 11, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1864 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1849237662
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,705 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a true love story between Guido and Anna but in a parallel story evil and corruption reigns and alters the lives of this couple in love. A judge and government minister can control the lives of those they disagree with. Ideology and political corruption stand harshly in contrast to the love story of Guido and Anna. You want them to remain in their blissful bubble but the powers around them will disrupt everything. From the start, Ana and Guido see their differences but embrace them. If only the rest of the population could be so open to differences and ideas.
I recommend this book for the open, honest writing. I instantly developed a connection to the characters and wanted to see where the story would take me. It was a satisfying trip. I wish we still lived in a time where love letters had so much power.
Guido van Thool, a university student, and Anna Zweig, a gifted ballerina, fall in love—and it's not the fast love we see too much in fiction today. It's the classic love that lasts and prevails over time and adversity. Just when things start going their way, tragedy strikes—compliments of the despicable Judge Jeremiah Delahyde. Here's where we see how well their love is vetted.
James Lawless is clearly an accomplished writer. His prose is clear and crisp, and his charters come to life by what they do and say, not by what we are told.
This novel contains all the elements of a classic love tragedy, definitely with one gripping ending. A great piece of literature has the ability to sweep the reader away. If you want to get lost in a great story, and to be literally swept away by great verse, I can highly recommend this one.
He is a regular book reviewer for Books Ireland and the Sunday Independent and a highly regarded and experienced teacher of creative writing with limited availability to conduct creative writing workshops throughout the country. He has broadcast his work on RTÉ radio and performed at many literary festivals. Was shortlisted for the Willesden Prize and appeared in New Short Stories 1, edited by Zadie Smith (London/ New York) 2007. A play, The Fall, was performed in the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, the same year, directed by Donal Gallagher of Asylum Productions.
For Love of Anna was originally published in 2009 and was the author’s second novel. His first novel is Peeling Oranges (2007). Then followed :The Avenue (2010) and Finding Penelope. At present (16 December 2015), For Love of Anna the e-book, is 7 th on the best sellers list in the Kindle store.
Furthermore, in 2009, Lawless published the acclaimed monograph: Clearing Tangled Wood, wherein he discusses poetry and methodology of modern Irish poets. It is a study of poetry as an alternative way of seeing the world and how insights are obtained into realities that enables us readers to see the vast otherness that often eludes. He insists on clarity and candour in artistic expression.
Lawless’ fourth novel, Finding Penelope, is about a woman’s growth in self-realisation and set amid the expat drug culture on the Spanish Costas, and a collection of poetry Rus in Urbe were published in 2012. His much praised new novel, Knowing Women, is his latest (2013). The Adventures of Jo-Jo. The story of a mischievous little girl of 8 in the woods and her imagination, saw the light in 2014, It is a book for the young.
His work titled Noise and Sound Reflections (2015), is a hilarious story about the question of what is noise and its dynamics.
The author is completely engaged in life of senses: vision, noises, smells.... as illustrated:
“He smiles to see his plane near the runway with its shining yellow nose, his bird, faithfully waiting to take flight at his command. A cirrus cloud is forming as the judge lowers himself into the cockpit . He starts the engine , accelerates down the short runway, rises smoothly and is soon flying over the forest. The pleasure; the exhilaration. Those forest lunatics are down there, little insignificant insects cowering among the stumps of trees, while he, master of fate, soars above them. There is a rumble of thunder as he veers towards the mountains,” The execution of a self-empowered, narcissist view of a self made god, Judge ..
I see “For Love of Anna” as a brilliantly written novel of love, tragedy and corruption. It builds a mood of reflection for there are so many questions posed and awakenings facilitated:
What are true human values?
Awakening of imagination and poetic sensitivity.
Ease of communication.
The author uses a character, a judge, and a little girl, Esme his granddaughter to convey values and opinions, making this literary fiction easily accessible to us with the flow high quality prose fiction. His literary efficiency is measured against his poetic approach to his writing ,which he does with condensed singular word descriptions delivering a magnitude of impact. His sensory intake gives extraordinary emotional responses to the reader.
The meeting of Anna Zweig, the beautiful ballerina with whom the university student Guido van Thool accidentally bumps into at Loti’s café, sets them off on a romance living ballet concerts, anti-globalisation marches and love in bluebell woods. Even when Guido is called away for military service, time can’t test their faithfulness, as they keep their passion warm with love letters.
Paralleling their lives, however, is that of Judge Jeremiah Delahyde, a profligate positioned in power by his crony, the government minister Bartholomew Smythe.
These parallel lives collide on New Year’s Eve when the drunken judge knocks Anna down in his car with consequences. Guido swears revenge. But how does one retaliate against a corrupt and powerful, politically appointed high court judge?
“He stands with the wilting roses he is holding in his hands. And the present he got for her, what he had promised for the new year, unseen in the pocket of his parka, a little blue box he fingers now, afraid to open, to show, to present to her. What is in the little blue box? Not an engagement ring, oh no nothing of that sort to set one off down a bourgeois road, but something he spent a lot of time thinking about that would nevertheless be a symbol of betrothal, of union with her. In the little blue box lies a pearl , the fruit of the shell symbol of their togetherness, bought with royalties from his song, a cheque that comes in periodically, the irony of it, an anti-money song making money. The Third World has entered the charts with it. He gets half the royalties for the words. The other half for the music goes to Philippe who organised it all and who of course immediately invests it in ANNA, just as he too now is investing it in his Anna.”
I implore you to read this book and find out what happens to the pearl. A book of great learning, and an intelligent way to see the word and the world; and
You would like to find out what happens to the field of bluebells imaged on the front cover of the book?
4 January 2016