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Shade Neil Jordan Shade The Oscar winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting highly praised novel his first in ten years Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy an actress who is murdered in the opening

  • Title: Shade
  • Author: Neil Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780719561870
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shade Neil Jordan The Oscar winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting, highly praised novel, his first in ten years Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy, an actress who is murdered in the opening scene of the book, Shade tells the story of two pairs of siblings growing up in Ireland in the first half of the century Through a childhood that memory gives the luster ofThe Oscar winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting, highly praised novel, his first in ten years Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy, an actress who is murdered in the opening scene of the book, Shade tells the story of two pairs of siblings growing up in Ireland in the first half of the century Through a childhood that memory gives the luster of romance and the tragedy that strikes as the children reach adolescence and the two boys leave for the Great War, these unforgettable characters reach the 1950s to play their roles in a murder ultimately revealed as the opposite of the senseless crime it seems.
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    1. WHEEE, my 4 and 5 star book streak continues I m usually lucky if I read even two books in a row that I would rate than a 3, so this is awesome.This is a strange, eerie, gorgeous book It s a coming of age tale, a story of World War I era Ireland and beyond , a dark love story stories , a ghost story It s also very atmospheric, beautifully written anddid I mention strange But I love weird books as long as they meet my other basic literary requirements so that s just fine with me The story is nar [...]

    2. From the description on the back of this book, it sounds like The Lovely Bones, but it s really not Yes, there s a murder, yes, the spirit of the woman murdered has some awareness of what occurs after her death But in reality it begins with a murder, then narrates the events leading up to it It s truly a literary novel about love, lust, and thwarted passions of all kinds.I enjoyed it, but I ve only given it 3 5 because it s one of those novels that constantly reminds the reader that it s a nove [...]

    3. Using the ghost of the main character was an interesting technique and, as bizaare as it sounds, actually worked well I was engrossed from the start The characters and their relationships are interesting and the impact of passion, obsession and betrayal upon them ultimately reveals all I became an obsessive reader

    4. This is one of those books that people love to say they ve read and that they love it and it s all very clever I read it for a book group and didn t love it at all It was rambling in parts and I had to reread them to try and understand them which I ultimately didn t so skipped them The story could ve been so good but wasn t I didn t enjoy the style of the writing, there were random sections that didn t really seem to tie in with the story and you find out what happens at the beginning of the boo [...]

    5. This is the story of Nina, killed by a childhood friend and trapped as a ghost in the house where she grew up As the police come and go, and her body rots in its unfound hiding place, she begins to relive her own live, becoming the mysterious figure that haunted her as a child From her lonely childhood, to the meeting with George and Janie, the arrival of her step brother, to the lofty heights of stardom and eventually back to her own death A brilliantly written novel, although not a great deal [...]

    6. I really, really liked this book It s dark, it kinda has a few moments that make you uncomfortable for variable reasons It s engrossing After I finished it, I thought, It s been a long time since I ve read a book that is that good I felt like it sat with me for a while after I finished it, like a shadow Would give 5 stars, but I remember at some point towards the middle end realizing that they kinda abandoned the narration from the ghost point of view for a while, and I noticed it was missing an [...]

    7. Though it got off to a slow start, I ended up engrossed in this story Having grown up in the country a bit isolated and with a limited selection of playmates, I could relate to the characters each person s story evolves in unexpected twists and turns that always bring them back together surprises awaitd the historical aspect that Gregory provides when recounting his memories of war are haunting all in all, a very good book.

    8. The first two thirds of the book was easily a four or five star read, but the last third was a let down I didn t understand the author s choice to suddenly switch to Gregory s POV for endless chapters about the war, which had very little to do with the rest of the plot, and could easily have been cut out to no detriment I also did not buy the final revealed motivation for the murder After 50 years, how much evidence would have been left, and anyway, view spoiler cartilage doesn t turn to bone un [...]

    9. Ireland, 1950 Nina Hardy wakes in the big house where she grew up Now aged fifty, she has returned to the fading beauty of her old home, and its unkempt gardens, its views of the wild Irish Sea, and its long buried memories With her childhood friend George, she is seeking peace from a turbulent world But by the end of the day, a brutal crime will have been committed, which will alter their lives forever.Hmmn where to start This is a book that left me very mixed The writing is good and Jordan is [...]

    10. I loved the story or at least the concept of the story I did not love his telling of the story The writing itself is good at times Jordan is a director as well as a writer so scenes are descriptive and provoking and staged The book is just so confusing It seems that everyone has than one name, especially the main character, Nina or Dolly or Hester or whoever she may be at any given moment The story is told from everyone s memory of the same event so one minute you re in the past from Nina s per [...]

    11. The blurb promised exactly the kind of thriller I would enjoy return to childhood mysteries, brutal murder, heroine trying to make sense of it all As usual, the blurb lied Or, at least, it was obviously written by someone who had read only half of this novel The other half, which insinuates itself in the midst of the narrative, is made up of a patchwork of voices the dead heroine s, the half brother s, the friend s sister to the murderer The result is a beguiling story that disintegrates into mu [...]

    12. I bought this book as a first edition paperback, read a few chapters and abandoned it as too difficult to get into So, almost a decade later, I found it on my shelf and tried it again It is ridiculously hard to follow part I, because of the dual narration from the same character at two points in time The book isn t plot driven, it s a study in four characters although Janie, of the foursome, is left to founder somewhat I m a fast reader, but the density and complexity of the narration meant I re [...]

    13. Does the idea of exquisite plotting, strong characters and apple clear descriptive atmospheres in a novel entice you What about a story of sidelives and quiet corners in the British empire around the turn of the twentieth century Granted, some of the most obvious questions raised by the novel s events remain unanswered by narrative diegesis and, granted, Jordan has a filmmaker s sense of the spectacular so too, however, does his filmmaker s eye see a world so rich and so full of fiction s power [...]

    14. Have said I read this, but that s a lie.I couldn t get past the first 20 pages I m so depressed I keep picking up highly recommended books and hating them It s winter I want to get so engrossed in a book that I m glad I can t leave the house because it raining I hated Jordan s style of writing Couldn t work out what was going on, wasn t engaged by the characters.I possibly have enough time to read 1,500 books before I die, if I read about one book a week give or take I do not want to waste my ti [...]

    15. I found the premise of this book very intriguing However, as I started to read the book I was a little disappointed The dialogue throughout most of the book is unbelievable, most adults don t talk like that let alone children I found it hard to identify with the characters, and throughout most of the book just wished the story would end already About three quarters of the way through the book I found it enjoyable again Though the story didn t live up to my expectations Jordan s prose though the [...]

    16. The first novel I ve read by director Jordan The Company of Wolves, The Butcher Boy , a ghost story where the twist is beneficially detailed at the very beginning This leads to the novel itself being a tragic drama with some neat supernatural elements The characters, events, and setting often serve as a microcosm of Ireland in the first half of 20th century, and I d highly recommend the work to anyone interested in that age and locale Quite beautiful, if a little rough around the metaphor at ti [...]

    17. very hard to get into and follow Shade Of a bat s wing, of a syca at noon, of an ash in thin moonlight, in the biggest shade of all Nightshade Shade of what I was I am that oddest of things, an absence now A rumour, a shade within a shadow, a remembrance of a memory, my own A stray dog forages with my wellington boot, buries it in the potato patch, digs it up again, buries it again.

    18. I got through this book, but was in no way impressed by anything in particular I found it all a bit wishy washy, and although I could picture the characters, I couldn t see their faces The same with the landscape, I was seeing it all through a veil, which perhaps was the point But I like to be fully trasported into a book and I want to feel like I could write a letter to the characters and get a letter back I finished this book and went straight into another without a second thought.

    19. A woman, murdered by a childhood friend, returns from the grave to haunt herself She narrates her own life and brings a bittersweet knowledge to that which she observes Excellent novel including visions of Ireland in the early days of the 20th century, WWI, the theatre scene, and how childhood relationships stand the test of time.

    20. Ghost narrator relates the story of her murder and events that led up to it in flashbacks The aloof ghostly perspective makes for a dispassionate camera eye view of the fragmented story I was not that taken with it, though the writing is good There is a vivid quality to the descriptions, scenes, settings, and landscapes we zoom in on, just too many scenic cuts for my taste.

    21. I m putting this aside on the struggling pile and will pick up again in the future I am a big fan of Neil but page one 1 put me into a bit of a funk, the premise is not new recollection of a murdered person and i realize things can only get better optimistic maybe its just my mood right now and as said I love his writing I am not going to give any starts at the moment.

    22. So so so many details, at first I couldn t understand why, but towards the end every detail seemed relevant It was extraordinary I loved it I couldn t see the why part of the murder until later on so it kept me reading until I figured it out It took me a very long time to read through it because I d get into it and then stop reading and not get back into for days.

    23. I really really wanted to finish this book, but I couldn t The summary of this book sounded so good, but I just couldn t get into it I never looked forward to reading it and I was always waiting for something big to happen Very slow read and I couldn t even finish it I guess it would suck for me if it got really good after the first 100 pages because I just couldn t make it past that

    24. Although the dialogue was a bit too poetic for children speak, too many Shakespearean observations and ten dollar words, I thought the story was engaging enough to allow for a bit of writer s fantasy A little slow, but a good read.

    25. 2.5 stars I liked the idea of the book but the style wasn t my taste It s the type where instead of ever really saying what is happening in a big moment , the author talks around and around it so you have to infer what he means For me, that gets old.

    26. Jordan certainly has a talent for beautiful prose and paints a vivid landscape in this novel Unfortunately, I found the jumps in time and narrative voice confusing, and the parts of the book that glowed served to magnify the stagnant portions.

    27. it was a good book,a little hard to follow in parts,it was sad but Jordan paints a picture of childhood innocence and describes the era and the location so well you feel like youre there.Its my first novel by Jordan so i think i would probably read some of his work.

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