This is the compelling story of two women, born centuries apart, and the ancestral legacy that binds them. Ella Turner tries hard to fit into the small, close-knit community of the French town that she has moved to. She even changes her name back to Tournier, and knocks the rust off her high-school French. However, isolated and lonely, she is drawn to investigate her Tournier ancestry, with heart-wrenching results.
©1997 Tracy Chevalier; (P)1997 BBC Audiobooks
A slightly constructed link between past and present but OK. The narrator abruptly changing her voice was rather tiresome.
Being fan of Umberto Eco I expect a lot of historical novels, this one is only entertaining but I kept thinking it would exploit more on some of the subjects, like the historical background or maybe the magical theme or something about reincarnation, so it would not end up too superficial; the narrator's voice changes in some chapters, it sounds like a total different person.
"Performance very uninspiring"
I would read more by Tracy Chevalier but never again if narrated by Laurel Lefkow!
I preferred some of later titles.
The narrator uses very badly performed ascents for each character. The story is set in France, so why do French people speak with French accents? - Pretentious and unnecessarily and totally annoying.
Why use ascents for characters who are supposed to live in the country that the story is set in? There are far better literary mean of conveying a feel for the country that a story is set then using silly ascents.
"Not a good book"
I have read/listened to all Tracy Chevaliers book and all but this novel have been superb. This one is awful the story is not good and made worse by the most dreadful characters imaginable. Ella is the most ridiculous pathetic woman with no substance what so ever. Ms Chevalier is usually able to give an unpleasant character some substance as part of an unfolding story but Emma was just a boring fool who needs to get a grip.
"A good read."
A good book with a solid story but not the authors usual high standed. I also think and as much as i like the narators voice. She should have left the french accent alone. All this being said, it is worth your time and credit.
"looking for her roots."
a two time period story one in the past and one in the present. I usually like these stories but this one wasn't very good. got a bit fed up with the French ascents and having got over two thirds of the way through decided I might as well finish it.
I found a chapter in the book confusing as past and present were mingled together possibly to make a climax but it didn't work for me nor did ellie's changing hair colour.
"Welcome Ghosts in Tracey's House in the Sun."
This book was a welcome accompaniment to a summer visit to Washington DC, Miami and Orlando - and the book, which verges on aspirant, but at times pedestrian, chick-lit retains much of the flavour of the trip in my mind. High-minded pastiche, nonsensical but expensive fun in the sun and downright unadulterated commercialism, you see where I'm going on this one.
Chevalier's France it seems to me has more to do with a laudatory viewing of the Claude Berri opus taken with a heavy dose of appetent genelogical angst - and screams 'I've found my 'House in the Sun' now just guess who my ancestors turned out to be....Not a classic, but well presented and certainly set to weather the credit crunch.
I read somewhere that Ms Chevalier decided to change her name before moving to Europe. Whilst I vaguely remember it had a more Shanks's Pony ring to it, I can find no record of her original nom before it was de plume'd.
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