Blueeyedboy

BlueeyedboyI tried several times to get into this book I never give up on reading a book but I did this time In fact I brough it with me to France and have left it there I hope they have better luck than me reading it An absolute mess it was A shame, I had high hopes for it Even bought it twice I had lent it to my daughter and then thought I had lost it so I ordered it again That was how much I wanted to read it I won t do that again. Without doubt, my favourite holiday read I m still not entirely sure what happened or who is who, but mesmerizing And Ma, what a disgusting mother she is A complete mix of reality, fantasy, childhood and the present and of course the blurring of the senses Fabulous It was with great trepidation that I embarked on this literary voyage as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews will I ever learn Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine, no fruit except for some rotten fruit juice I have no doubt that Joanne Harris is ever so slightly ticked off by folk expecting her to continue writing in the same French pastoral vein but I really admire her for exploring much darker territory in her latest novel although I suspect that the story found her rather than vice versa.I have read and loved all of her novels short stories with the exception of Sleep Pale Sister which is waiting patiently on my bookshelves The Evil Seed was the only one which failed to impress but I think that was just a case of the publisher reissuing her very first writing for a quick buck.So, is this a complete lane change for Ms Harris Not exactly, as she paved the way with Gentlemen and Players which is set in the same fictional Northern village of Malbry However, this is a much darker tale with layers of secrets and lies if Chocolat was Dairy Milk then this is Green and Black s Espresso Dark Chocolate Our anti hero, B.B., is a 42 year old janitor at the local hospital He still lives with his controlling to put it mildly mother and spends most of his time online on his site badguysrock which seems to be a haven for social rejects with a taste for violence.This is a modern version of the epistolary novel and it reminded me of its ancestor, Liaisons Dangereuses, especially as we again have two unreliable, unappealing narrators, B.B and Albertine who communicate their thoughts, stories via posts on badguysrock and their own personal web journals One of the strongest themes here is that of identity and how the boundaries between virtual and real life become so blurred as to become interchangeable so even the narrators themselves are unsure as to what s fiction and what s reality and yes, the reader does have a hard job working that out too We re never sure whether B.B s crowing about the murders he s supposedly committed is just a facade Just as, on the internet, we are never sure about the true identies of those we communicate with on a daily basis.None of the characters are likeable BB s family is a dysfunctional mess, his cronies on badguysrock are social outcasts, even Albertine reminscent of Proust s character is not the little Red Riding Hood figure we might imagine Even the little blind girl, whose murder is at the core of this tale, is living a false life smoke and mirrors aplenty Although we don t have the obvious foodie motifs here, there are plenty of sensations at play, the most intriguing of these being synaesthesia, a neurological condition where the senses overlap BB has the olfactory gustatory type whereby he experiences people and places as colours, smells and tastes Emily, the little blind girl appears to be a synaesthete also but she seems to experience music as colours Again, we re reminded that our senses can fool us and we need to be on our guard Indeed there is creeping air of tension throughout the whole book it s very subtle but it s very unsettling for the reader I must say that I loved the whole unsettling process It s very refreshing to not have everything set out in black and white and handed to you on a plate but to come to your own conclusions whilst being thrown the occasional red herring, or is that just your mind playing tricks on youSo, if you like tidy, linear stories with happy endings this is most certainly not for you This is the second novel I ve read this year which has marked a very different change of tack for the writer, the first of those being The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters which disturbed some of her fans as Ms Waters didn t simply throw on previously worn narrative threads I loved The Little Stranger on its own merits, nothing to do with previous novels and surely that s how it should be and I am delighted to report that I found blueeyedboy equally gripping Definitely an A from me.PS if you are interested in reading about synaesthesia I would highly recommend Astonishing Splashes of Colour, an excellent novel by Clare Morall and in non fiction, Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet both fascinating and highly enlightening reads. Harris may be better known for her lighter works of magical realism, but she can write a twisty, dark psychological thriller like almost no one else Like her earlierGentlemen and Players , this is a multiple perspective narrative which toys with the many assumptions readers make about identity, reality and truth in fiction What seems at first to be a straightforward psychological study of a murderer a premise which has proved sufficient to inspire many perfectly good suspense thrillers in its own right is something much, much complex and compelling There s a lot going on, almost too much at times, but Harris never lets a thread drop, and the many plot twists both large and small never seem forced While I guessed the secret at the heart of Gentlemen and Players fairly early on, I never saw any of blueeyedboy s twists and turns coming It may prove frustrating for those who like their narratives straightforward, but for anyone who enjoys ambiguity, unreliable narrators, puzzle novels and good old fashioned psychological creepiness, I can t recommend this book highly enough. Joanne Harris began her career with two works of dark fiction that in many ways define her style better than the crowd pleasing Chocolat She has always been interested in the masks we hide behind, and in blueeyedboy is able to give full rein to these ideas I was unsure what to expect as I started to read as I had glanced at a few not so favourable reviews Anyway, better to get this out of the way at the beginning there is no chocolate, no magic, no wine and no fruit except in a vile vitamin drink concocted by Gloria In this book Harris returns to the northern town setting of Gentlemen and Players Blueeyedboy is a dark and chilling modern day fable, with a tense and taut plot We have two narrators our anti hero BB is a 42 year old janitor at the local hospital He still lives with his controlling to put it mildly mother Gloria and spends most of his time creating fics stories online on his site badguysrock which seems to be a haven for social rejects with a taste for violence He communicates most often with Albertine, who is equally unappealing Although we don t have the obvious foodie motifs here, there are plenty of sensations at play, the most intriguing of these being synaesthesia, a neurological condition where the senses overlap BB has the olfactory gustatory type whereby he experiences people and places as colours, smells and tastes Emily, the little blind girl seems to experience music as colours We re reminded that our senses can fool us and we need to be on our guard Indeed there is creeping air of tension throughout the whole book it s very subtle but it s very unsettling for the reader None of the characters are likeable BB s family is a dysfunctional mess and his buddies on badguysrock are social outcasts Even the little blind girl Emily is living a false life smoke and mirrors aplenty One of the strongest themes here is that of identity and how the boundaries between virtual and real life become so blurred as to become interchangeable so even the narrators themselves are unsure as to what is fiction and what is reality and yes, the reader does have a hard job working that out too We re never sure whether BB s crowing about the murders he s supposedly committed is just a facade Just as, on the internet, we are never sure about the true identities of those we communicate with on a daily basis It s refreshing to not have everything set out in black and white and handed to you on a plate, but to be able to draw your own conclusions whilst being thrown the occasional red herring or is that just your mind playing tricks on you If you like tidy, linear stories with happy endings this is most certainly not for you. Era uma leitora ass dua da escritora Gosto em particular do dom de que ela disp e para descrever as sensa es, os cheiros, os sabores, as cores, destacando se de uma forma muito sua que me seduziu e me tornou f.Este um g nero p rfido com o qual n o me identifiquei nada Senti me defraudada, detestei N o o posso comentar em pormenor porque j o li h bastante, mas a sensa o que me ficou foi um amargo de boca, desagrad vel, a maldade nua e crua, viol ncia gratuita, mente desprez vel, enfim, custou me imenso ler at ao fim e o desfecho em aberto tornou ainda mais frustrante a leitura.Ap s este desaire n o consegui comprar mais nada da autora. I thought I would love this, as I recently read Joanne Harris s Gentlemen and Players , which I thought was a superb book, and was told this was in the same vein It has considerable similarities, based again on the idea of concealing your identity, and even set in the same town the fictional school that formed the setting of Gentlemen and Players also features in this novel I liked the concept the idea of characters hiding behind online identities, the blurring of the boundaries between fact and fiction But I ultimately didn t get drawn into this book The way it s told, through a series of fictional semi fictional blog posts by the two main characters, caused the narrative to lose momentum a little, and as a result the suspense didn t build enough for me and the twist at the end, while clever, didn t deliver the punch I was expecting.Still, it s interesting, intelligent and well written I would still recommend this book, but perhaps not as strongly as some of Joanne Harris s other work. I got impatient to read blueeyedboy You sort of expect Joanne Harris work to show up in charity shops in short notice I ve found most of the rest of her work there, in my charity shop binges, after all But I got tired of waiting, and didn t want to wait until Christmas, so I actually bought it for the Kindle app on my phone That made it very convenient to read a chapter here and there even two chapters while I waited for Delta Maid to get off the stage so Seth Lakeman would come on so that meant I read this quite fast, but in snatches, whenever it was convenientThe plot is very convoluted There are so mistaken identities, so many unreliable narrators The format itself is an unreliable sort of style it s presented as an online journal type site, very much like LiveJournal and its offspring, and we all know that people there can fictionalise their lives as much as they want And you know the narrators are unreliable, and the further on it goes, the you see that.I was assured blueeyedboy was a big departure from Joanne Harris usual I really don t think so her writing style bleeds through into the characters, and whenever she writes in first person or third person limited, her style bleeds through There s something about it a hint of flavour, perhaps appropriate, to be a synaesthete commenting on this book , something in the phrasing Anyway, that seemed typically her, and the darkness, the twisted relationships I can see where in the rest of the work they come from.blueeyedboy is dark, and not feel good at all The theme of food is there, but twisted, where before it s always seemed like a kind of good magic, in Harris work although again, I can see a theme continuing, like the smell of oranges from Five Quarters of the Orange.Interesting to read, but not so great a departure as I d been led to believe, although without the comfort I ve found in her other books, the way things tend to turn out okay changed, yes, but okay, with wounds lanced and poison drained, the danger faced and gone Not so here And even that s not new The Evil Seed ended on a similar note Not a departure at all, then. This is probably one of the most difficult reviews I have written in a long while, for two reasons 1 I am a HUGE Joanne Harris fan I have read nearly all her books and just adore them except for this one 2 I really had no idea what was going on for most of this book.How do I even explain Let s give it a go The story is narrated by B.B., a loner who spends most of his time on the internet either writing his own personal diary and telling the story of his life as he sees it and also writing fic stories on his badguysrock.com a website that he created himself and attracts a whole array of misfits with their own problems What is apparant from very early on is that B.B had a particularly unconventional childhood with a very bizarre family around him Switching between his private journal and the fiction he writes on badguysrock, we get to see B.B s life played out before us in all its murderous glory.Sounds simple enough, right The thing is, I just didn t get it I read somewhere, before I picked this book up, that Harris started writing this and had no idea where it was going and how it would end up, and I m afraid to say that that is the same feeling I got while reading it I didn t get any sense of a plot or purpose for much of it and at times it felt like I was watching someone vent their spleen about..well, everything It felt cynical, dark and even bitter but even then I got the sense of it being on the part of the author than the protagonist.There were other characters in this book, one of whom Albertine also shares her diary entries with us and they give this books some of the unexpected twists that appear towards the end Because of the tone and subject matter of the book there are naturally going to be one or two unsavoury characters, but I found that I didn t like any of them I couldn t find a single redeeming quality in anyone who crossed the pages, which made for some uncomfortable reading for me.It is with a sigh and a heavy heart that I write this review, as as I said I am a huge Joanne Harris fan but this book felt like such a departure from her other books that I love so much even Gentlemen and Players which is also classed as a thriller but which I loved it was very plot driven and had humour as well as some great charaters and twists.To sum up blueeyedboy is not a bad book, it is a different book than I am used to from Harris There were parts of the book that I really enjoyed and felt that I was getting into, but unfortunately they were outweighed by the parts that were dark and cynical and uncomfortable to me I do believe that this may have been the point of the book afterall, can we really believe anything we read on the internet No, necessarily we can be anyone we want on the internet we can invent a whole new persona It s just that for me, as a reader, it felt too chaotic, and too much dark with not enough light.A good read, but not an enjoyable read Liked it but didn t love it Once There Was A Widow With Three Sons, And Their Names Were Black, Brown And Blue Black Was The Eldest Moody And Aggressive Brown Was The Middle Child, Timid And Dull But Blue Was His Mother S Favourite And He Was A Murderer Blueyedboy Is The Brilliant New Novel From Joanne Harris A Dark And Intricately Plotted Tale Of A Poisonously Dysfunctional Family, A Blind Child Prodigy, And A Serial Murderer Who Is Not Who He Seems Told Through Posts On Badguysrock Webjournal , This Is A Thriller That Makes Creative Use Of All The Disguise, Deception And Mind Games That Are Offered By Playing Out One S Life On The Internet

Joanne Harris is an Anglo French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN , and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr

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  • 416 pages
  • Blueeyedboy
  • Joanne Harris
  • English
  • 03 July 2019
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