Islands of Silence is the story of the young Alec Marquand, who in the summer of 1914 has just graduated from college with a degree in archaeology. He has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Stone Age brochs that lie on his property. Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eilean Tosdach--the IIslands of Silence is the story of the young Alec Marquand, who in the summer of 1914 has just graduated from college with a degree in archaeology. He has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Stone Age brochs that lie on his property. Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eilean Tosdach--the Island of Silence. What Alec discovers on that island changes him forever. And just as Alec makes his amazing find, he is shipped off to war . . . a war he does not want to fight, but one in which he ends up as a medic aboard a ship ready to storm the beaches of Gallipoli.A brilliantly crafted novel in the tradition of All’s Quiet on the Western Front and The Ghost Road, Islands of Silence is a tour through one man's hell in search of a path for redemption....
|Title||:||Islands of Silence: A Novel|
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Islands of Silence: A Novel Reviews
This was a book I found in a sale many years ago, but became one of my favourite novels - a moving and powerfully written book contrasting the experiences of an ex-soldier numbed by war memories and a semi-wild girl found on a remote Scottish island, and the different silent worlds they inhabit.
I will not assign any rating to this book because either I failed it or it failed me, I'm not sure which. It seemed to me that Booth was trying to tell five or six stories at once, none of them successfully. I applaud his attempt but for me it just didn't work. I very quickly lost interest in what was happening (or had happened or might have happened) to the protagonist. I finally stopped at Chapter 12 and went back to the beginning to get my bearings, skipping ahead, trying to pick up the threads, continued along for another hundred pages, got lost again and finally gave up altogether.As I say, the failing may have been mine. Sorry, Mr. Booth but I have other things I want to read.Fearing that I had treated the book unfairly, I now revisited it, with no better success than the first time around. With apologies to Mr Booth and those readers, perhaps more erudite than myself, I lemmed it.(For a definition of the useful verb "to lem" I recommend Goodreads colleague Forrest Aguirre's excellent commentary on Ned Beauman's "The Teleportation Accident")
What a surprise and a fantastic book. I had trouble getting started; but I wasn't prepared for the style, after about 60 pages I figure it out and was taken away! One of my favorites and the best read since Shadow of the Wind. After I finished I was thinking of the girl and really thought I may have seen a ghost or her spirit in my room. "She is yours" gives me goose bumps still.
A little overwrought but successfully spooky and affecting battle scenes (hardly "battles," though, that implies some kind of agency on the part of both sides). Relentlessly flashes present-past-present-past, alternating by chapter.
Martin Booth is a gifted story teller, or I guess I should say was. I am always saddened when I discover a new author, only to find out he has died. The "silence" is expressed on several levels...very complex, lots to think about.
An intriguing story, well written. The book opens with the main character in a catatonic state living in an asylum where he quietly observes life around him. Each alternate chapter reveals a bit more of his life story and why he has ended up in this state.
Interesting story - weird main character. He was extremely frustrating, but what a life story. A little confusing, war scenes are horrible.
What an amazing novel, so beautifully written. lots of emotions. read it if you liked atonement.
thoroughly surprised me how much I enjoyed where this book took me.