A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Colette and Alison are unlikely cohorts: one a shy, drab beanpole of an assistant, the other a charismatic, corpulent psychic whose connection to the spiritual world torments her. When they meet at a fair, Alison invites Colette at once to join her on... show more
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Colette and Alison are unlikely cohorts: one a shy, drab beanpole of an assistant, the other a charismatic, corpulent psychic whose connection to the spiritual world torments her. When they meet at a fair, Alison invites Colette at once to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion. Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside. It is not long before the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. This is Hilary Mantel at her finest--insightful, darkly comic, unorthodox, and thrilling to read.
Publish date: April 18th 2006
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
I found this to be dense but rewarding writing, and just permeated with weariness and sadness. Not just because of how thoughtlessly mean Colette is about Alison, especially her weight (and Colette is truly unlikeable but well-written in that way)- but how being connected to the Spirit realm, as ima...
I really struggled reading this book. Just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean it's a bad read, it just wasn't for me. I found the meandering flashes of Alison's past both horrifying for what she endured and annoying for not having enough information. I thought Colette was a selfish, stone cold b...
Oh god. Where do I even begin? Lots of reviewers complained they didn't know where the book was going. Well, I didn't know either, but I thought it was a good thing. Don't you just love when you don't know where the book is going? 'Beyond Black' was going in all sorts of directions at once. It was a...
This is just an extraordinary book. Superbly written, but not an easy read. It's provocative, challenging and has a similar complexity of language as Wolf Hall & A Place of Greater Safety. It's readers book, if you get my drift. Will definitely re-read.
This is one of those books. You know those books, the ones that aren't bad, but aren't good, but you're not entirely upset you read, but they don't really inspire you to find anything more by the author.(Thankfully, I already Wolf Hall so I know she can do better).It's one of those books that you k...