Grace Notes Paperback – 27 February 1998
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- Publisher : VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1st edition (27 February 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099778017
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099778011
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 773,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written five previous collections of stories and five novels, including Grace Notes, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Midwinter Break, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Novel of the Year. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio and television plays, screenplays and libretti.
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Poignant, sometimes dark, but ultimately uplifting.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2018
The mastery of MacLaverty's writing is a privilege to read. He underscores the everyday nature of human relationships and interactions, with detailed attention to the unspoken communications. Sometimes, gestures, sometimes the conversation that should be had, sometimes the internal monologue of a main character and how that reflects in their actions. The last chapters are a masterpiece in verbalising music. The whole novel verbalises the human condition with a sensitive and deft Northern Irish accent.
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R T Twinem
EnjoyableReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 December 2018
Catherine McKenna returns home for a visit to her family in Belfast following the death of her father. The usual tensions still remain in the Provence a closed people at war with eachother the petty minded hatred of one religious side against the other. Against this background we learn of Catherine's career as composer and her rise to fame and adoration that she now receives from an adoring public. A pleasant read but not my favourite by Bernard MacLaverty.
A light read with some Musical referencesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2018
Always on the look out for a novel with a musical emphasis I found Grace Notes light on content and disappointing in that respect. A gentle read for bedtime.
Not for meReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2018
Purchased for a book club read, it's musical waffle so not for someone without a musical understanding, I couldn't finish it.
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S. A. MacLeod
A beautifully written bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2017
I really enjoyed this sensitively written tale which captured the prejudices of Irish Catholicism in an age which should have moved on. The lack of appreciation of the heroine's musical genius made it a sad but very moving tale.
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