Altered Land (2020)

Altered Land From an exquisite new British voice comes a moving and multi layered tale of a mother and son in the aftermath of a terrifying and life changing incident I missed the turning over Battersea Bridge I d
  • Title: Altered Land
  • Author: Jules Hardy
  • ISBN: 9780743429047
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • From an exquisite new British voice comes a moving and multi layered tale of a mother and son in the aftermath of a terrifying and life changing incident I missed the turning over Battersea Bridge I didn t know it would make a difference that the manner of living seconds and minutes mattered Joan is a single mother beautiful, talented and desired John is her adorFrom an exquisite new British voice comes a moving and multi layered tale of a mother and son in the aftermath of a terrifying and life changing incident I missed the turning over Battersea Bridge I didn t know it would make a difference that the manner of living seconds and minutes mattered Joan is a single mother beautiful, talented and desired John is her adored son, her Merboy Growing up in the West Country, his life is lived outdoors, playing in the creek by their cottage in Devon, swimming, hunting for shells, collecting bits of old boats On his thirteenth birthday, Joan treats him to a trip to London to buy his first pair of Levi s jeans Unused to city driving, she takes a wrong turn The repercussions of that moment s hesitation are devastating Their story recounts the life altering effects of that one moment It is a story about a mother s heartbreaking love for her son and the different ways people survive damage With sensitivity and compassion, Jules Hardy s lyrical prose explores the strengths and flaws of this unique relationship between a mother and her son, and vividly describes the altered worlds in which they must live It is a wonderfully assure
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    1. i did enjoy the book especially after reading a thriller if you are looking for excitement, then this book is not for you not much happening and it is a bit slow, but i liked the human drama and emotions the one thing that did annoy me is that two of the characters were described towards the end of the book and i already had a picture of them in my mind.

    2. beautiful.emotionally brought me so deeply in the book, I sometimes felt I was a part of the world about which I was reading I cried often.The Bristol setting was also special to me and was wonderful to actually visualize the places where she set her storyank you jules hardy.

    3. I adored the book I love the evolution of the characters, the bonds between human beings and a look at how things can go wrong in life But still life goes on.

    4. 4.5 starsLoved this book The writing is lovely Initially I had no idea what it was about or where it was going you soon do start to understand and I totally fell in love with all of the characters.It s told from two perspectives John told in a traditional story telling style And Joan, his mother, in the form of excerpts of past and present journals It s the story of a boy who never knew his father, his mother, and the event that changed their lives forever It s the story of who they were and wh [...]

    5. The first section of this book was one of the best opening sections to any book I ve ever read It happens sometimes, when I pick up a book by someone I haven t previously heard of, and think wow, this is amazing , and immediately know I want to read everything else they have ever written It happened with this one such great writing, hopping from subject to subject with ease, ignoring what is boring and concentrating on what is interesting, imagery that helped rather than hindered I loved that it [...]

    6. This is one of my favourite books, although that said it is not like any of my other favourites It was one of those I just grabbed for the beach from the hotels mini library, and not an author I had read before.I was hooked Although it was a bit slow to begin with, the story unfolds with a few surprises on the way When something is revealed, it makes you run back through the pages looking for clues I also liked how the narrative changes from mother to son, seeing how relationships develop and gr [...]

    7. a stunningly good book , highly engaging which exceeded my expectations Its the early 1970s and.a beautiful woman takes her son for a birthday day trip to London rks the car and detonates a bomb in which she is cruelly disfigured and John looses his hearing having been close to death But it doesnt dwell on the blast , it is ultimately about their journey towards healing physically first and then mentally I liked the character of Joan particularly as she no longer has lovers, can no longer lectur [...]

    8. Very enjoyable The shifting time and perspective was sometimes a bit disconcerting, but for the most part it worked really well as it revealed all the layers of truths behind the situation that they found themselves in So many layers all intricately woven into a story that I found engrossing about different ways we understand ourselves and who we are and how our relationships define us, about parenthood and love responsibility and guilt.

    9. A book that you keep on reading while it s actually on your shelf where you can relate to the characters in a way that every time you stop reading, the real world seems a bit unrealGreat book, fascinating and honest.

    10. I found this book hard going I didn t empathise with the characters except Ellen This came highly recommended by many friends so don t let my feelings deter you from selecting it yourself I did take a long time to finish it too which never helps.

    11. wonderful and moving read, initially it took me a little while to put together pieces as written in different time sequences, one of those books I shall re read and no doubt find many things I missed the first time round.

    12. Very moving tale of a mother s love for a son.Written in alternating chapters as viewed by the mother and son.

    13. My life was enriched by the reading of this book I feel in my heart it is a Woman s read, but would be very happy to have that comment rubbished.

    14. Found this book to have too little plot for my taste and too much psychological analysis of the characters and retrospective memories of past events.

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