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The Chimes - Anna Smaill
The Chimes
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'The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it.' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds A mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination. A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in... show more
'The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it.' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds A mind-expanding literary debut composed of memory, music and imagination. A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain. No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment. No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden. No parents - just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them. The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air. Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony. But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember. He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, and sense there is something he urgently has to do. In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon's past. A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivates, enthrals and inspires.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781444794526 (1444794523)
ASIN: 1444794523
Publisher: Sceptre
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0
Interesting concept but I'm not sure that the story worked, at least it didn't for me. I think it would have worked better as a different world it felt a bit strained and shoehorned in. The story involves a world where a musical instrument destroys memories every day, it also kills birds and this is...
Book Haunt
Book Haunt rated it
3.0 The Chimes by Anna Smaill
Young orphan, Simon Wythern, leaves the farm he grew up on and heads to London carrying only his memory bag. In his memory bag are the items which contain the memories that he wants to hold onto, all the bits of the life he’s led thus far. You see, in Simon’s world, the only memories people retain...
Grac's Never-ending TBR Pile of Doom
Grac's Never-ending TBR Pile of Doom rated it
1.0 The Chimes
Didn't manage to make it past the first third of this book and even that was something of a struggle. Perhaps the English teacher in me rebelled against the deliberate miswording ('mettle' instead of 'metal' and so on) and what felt like the pretentious use of musical terms thrown into both dialogue...
Figgy O'Connell
Figgy O'Connell rated it
4.0 The Chimes
The Chimes starts off slow, heavy.At first, you find yourself wondering if you’re perhaps too tired to grasp the concepts, to see what’s going on, to understand the words before you. Maybe you need a little while after the last book you read, maybe you’re rushing it.You’ve been thrown into this worl...
Liz Loves Books.Com.
Liz Loves Books.Com. rated it
4.0 The Chimes - Will reward perserverance.
Publication Date: Febuary 12th From Sceptre. Source: Bookbridgr The Chimes is set in a reimagined London, in a world where people cannot form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden and destroyed. In the absence of both memory and writing is music. In a world where the past is a my...
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