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by Rachael King

  • ISBN: 0061357642
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Rachael King
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Other formats: docx azw lrf lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1741 kb
  • EPUB size: 1722 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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Rachael King has worked in radio, television, magazines, and as a musician. So begins The Sound of Butterflies, a debut novel by Rachel King. in creative writing and has received many accolades in her native New Zealand, including the New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Novel at the New Zealand Book Awards for The Sound of Butterflies. Rachael lives in Wellington. We are introduced right off to the beautiful, but frail protagonist, Sophie, her love interest and young, naïve husband, Thomas, and their creepy adversary, Mr. Santos. And it seems somehow each of these characters represents more than just themselves. in creative writing and has received many accolades in her native New Zealand, including the New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Novel at the New Zealand Book Awards for "The Sound of Butterflies". Библиографические данные. The Sound of Butterflies. Издание: иллюстрированное, перепечатанное.

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The Sound of Butterflies. The Sound of Butterflies fuses Edwardian gentility with obsession, murder and a glimpse of the giddy excess of the Brazilian rubber boom. Told in prose as opulent as one of Thomas’s specimens, it’s a convincing debut’ Observer. Books by Rachael King.

Rachael King (born 1970) is an author from New Zealand Her novel for children, Red Rocks, was shortlisted for the Junior.

Rachael King (born 1970) is an author from New Zealand. 1970 (age 48–49) Hamilton, New Zealand Her novel for children, Red Rocks, was shortlisted for the Junior Fiction category in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and won the LIANZA Esther Glen Award. a b c d "Rachael King".

Rachael King has worked in radio, television and magazines, and played bass guitar in several bands.

The Sound of Butterflies by Pan Macmillan. Weight: . 8 kg. See details. Rachael King has worked in radio, television and magazines, and played bass guitar in several bands. The recipient of the 2005/6 Lilian Ida Smith Award, she lives in Wellington, New Zealand. This is her first novel. Country of Publication.

From the wetness of the sound . It turned out that the Pearly King had told his friends and family he was holidaying in Malta. I loved the fool,’ said Finty.

From the wetness of the sound, and the abandonment and the tiredness too, I could tell you’d been crying a long time. This morning we were sitting with several of the volunteers in the dayroom when the sound of hooves clip-clopped into the silence. A horse-drawn glass hearse passed the window and drew up beside the DO NOT PARK HERE sign. The black horses were adorned with purple plumes.

Amateur naturalist Thomas Edgar is offered the chance of a lifetime: to travel to the Amazon as part of a scientific exploration. Hoping to discover the mythical butterfly of which he has long dreamed—his Papilio sophia—he eagerly accepts. Yet when he returns, the optimistic young Edwardian gentleman is gone, replaced by a weak, nearly mute shadow of the man.

Unable to break through Thomas's silence, his beloved wife, Sophie, is forced to take drastic measures to discover what has happened. But as she gleans what she can from Thomas's diaries and boxes of exquisite butterflies, she learns as much about herself and their marriage as about the secrets he harbors.

Written in rich, sensuous prose and taking the reader from the demure gentility of turn-of-the-twentieth-century England to the lush, dangerous jungles of Brazil, The Sound of Butterflies is a breathtaking and compelling debut.


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In The Sound of Butterflies, a proper, naive young butterfly collector leaves his wife at home in a small town in England in 1904 to make a scientific expedition with three other men into the backwaters of Brazil; he returns mute and haunted, a shadow of his former self. It falls to his wife to dig into his life to unlock the secret that denies him his speech and vitality, even though what she finds will change her view of him, and their marriage, irrevocably.

I found this book fascinating. The British Edwardian-era setting, with its social constraints and the divisions it made between men and women, even (or perhaps especially) married couples, felt smooth and real. The author played Thomas' and his wife Sophie's separate lives off each other masterfully, alternating lush and bloody jungle with maddeningly uptight British drawing rooms and stuffy mens' clubs. In spite of its raw beauty, King's jungle rings with horror; in spite of its corsets and church pews, her Richmond is sly with rumor and human failings.

This is a fine, layered work; I'm looking forward to more from Rachel King.

Susan O'Neill, author:Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam
Black_Hawk_Down
Got this to read about Amazon River in Brazil as going there for vacation. Half way through it and am enjoying it so far. Gives a nice description of what early exploration of amazon for animals and butterflies but a bit depressing that so many were killed. Also, interesting what certain conditions can do to one man.
Quashant
I loved the idea of the butterflies working as a metaphor/conceit, but the idea never panned out. Instead this is a very mediocre, choppily written novel.
Yozshujinn
Once I started reading this book, I could hardly put it down.
What a terrific story teller Rachael King is.
Nanecele
I enjoyed this book very much from the start. It was well written, interesting characters, and the sense of mystery continued throughout.

I have since read Sense of Wonder by Ann Patchett and it was a perfect follow-up, even greater suspense and a book that left me wanting more.
Blackstalker
Wow! I just finished the last page, and that was the word that came out of my mouth. For a first novel, this author should be proud. This is an incredible story of one man's harrowing journey through the intense Amazon jungle to pursue his dream, collecting rare and unidentified butterflies. As you begin the story, you think this is going to be the main theme, a group of male naturalists battling the sweltering heat and bombardment of stinging and biting insects extraordinaire, enduring all hardships to capture their prized specimens. But oh how wrong that assumption is. This story starts slow, and rather meandering, increasingly getting eerier and eerier, the suspense building quietly and with a level of intensity that has the reader constantly on the edge. It soon becomes apparent that there is more than meets the eye out there for our hero Thomas, in a jungle ripe with not just the flora and fauna these men seek. We find much much more than colorful butterflies and howling monkeys. Oh yes,..mischief, mayhem, mysterious and monstrous acts unravel. I liked the back and forth strategy that the author puts in place by alternating what is happening both in Brazil for Thomas, and back in England with his lonely wife Sophia. It sets the pace to keep the suspense and allows both characters stories to become interesting. If you are tired of the same old plot lines and mundane novels that you pitch half way through, try this innovative and creative debut. You will not be disappointed. It's writing style finely crafted, and plot well rounded in story line and character depth. Bravo!
Kaim
It's intriguing to begin reading a novel whose title seems so paradoxical: The Sound of Butterflies. In all my young days chasing butterflies among the wildflowers, the butterflies never once made a sound. They weren't like moths at the window or the buzzy bees, nor chirping birds or the wind through the trees. Not even close. In fact, their silence added to their mystique and beauty.

"Dear Sophie, We have finally reached Manaus and are now being accommodated at the home of Mr. Santos --- a man who has so far proved to be full of surprises, as has the city itself."

Sophie eagerly gets this letter from her young husband, Thomas Edgar. She's in England at home, and he's in Brazil, finishing an expedition to collect, well, butterflies --- ahem, more precisely, to collect especially an elusive butterfly, a unique out-of-balance one. One he can name after her. It's 1905.

So begins The Sound of Butterflies, a debut novel by Rachel King. We are introduced right off to the beautiful, but frail protagonist, Sophie, her love interest and young, naïve husband, Thomas, and their creepy adversary, Mr. Santos. And it seems somehow each of these characters represents more than just themselves. Where are you in them? Where are any of us? For me, it is there but remains like the notion of the sound of butterflies vague.

It's compelling to have an exotic and historical setting. In this case, it's the gratuitously exploited wilds of Brazil over against the stilted, self-righteous England of the early 20th-century.

So King gives us this nice recipe up front and then puts it together and cooks it. But whatever it was supposed to be, it burned and lost most of its taste for me. Thomas returns. Or does he? He is bruised and beaten, torn and broken, but, most of all, mute and irresolute. The narrative mixes it, moving back and forth between England in the present and Brazil in Thomas's past, as Sophie and the readers slowly discover what is happening and what has happened to Thomas. And, it seems, Thomas comes around and so does Sophie. But then, I found myself wondering just what had happened on the macro scale? It has to have been more than just the story of Sophie finding out about Thomas and Thomas finding out about himself. A single butterfly doesn't make a sound, does it? Throughout, I couldn't help but wonder about the sound of butterflies, what it might mean, what it might represent.

"A cloud of yellow and black rose before him like a small tornado, and a faint noise went with it--a rustling, like leaves caught by a wind on an autumn morning, or the shuffle of tissue paper on a desk. The butterflies made a round in the stillness; he had never expected to hear it. The cloud dispersed, joining mates on tree branches that bent under their collective weight. Each specimen was as large as his outstretched hand."

This central image didn't work for me. A small tornado with a faint noise? No! Rustling like leaves caught by a wind in autumn. Perhaps a little closer. The shuffle of tissue paper on a desk? Not in my experience. And even if these analogies did work, what does it all mean? What's its connection to the overall story? To not only our characters but to the world around them? Swirling in my mind is a notion that it is all somehow related to the oppressed and exploited masses, whether in England or in Brazil. Such can make about as much sound as a collective of butterflies deep in the jungle bending a branch.

Like Thomas, I came up somewhat empty-handed.

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