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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Miller Narrator: Lewis Fitz-Gerald Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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Strangers did not, as a rule, find their way to Chez Dom - a small, rundown Tunisian cafe on Paris' distant fringes. Run by the widow Houria and her young niece, Sabiha, the cafe offers a home away from home for the North African immigrant workers working at the great abattoirs of Vaugiraud, who, like them, had grown used to the smell of blood in the air. But when one day a lost Australian tourist, John Patterner, seeks shelter in the cafe from a sudden Parisian rainstorm, the quiet simplicities of their lives are changed forever. John is like no-one Sabiha has met before - his calm grey eyes promise her a future she was not yet even aware she wanted. Theirs becomes a contented but unlikely marriage - a marriage of two cultures lived in a third - and yet because they are essentially foreigners to each other, their love story sets in train an irrevocable course of tragic events. Years later, living a small, quiet life in suburban Melbourne, what happened at Vaugiraud seems like a distant, troubling dream to Sabiha and John, who confides the story behind their seemingly ordinary lives to Ken, an ageing, melancholy writer. It is a story about home and family, human frailties and passions, raising questions of morals and purpose - questions have no simple answer. Lovesong is a simple enough story in many ways - the story of a marriage, of people coming undone by desire, of ordinary lives and death, love and struggle - but when told with Miller's distinctive voice, which is all intelligence, clarity and compassion, it has a real gravitas, it resonates and is deeply moving. Into the wonderfully evoked contemporary settings of Paris and Melbourne, memories of Tunisian family life, culture and its music are tenderly woven.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael McDiarmid | 2/18/2014

    " Not too sure what all the fuss was about. It's won so many awards but can someone tell me why. It was an okay read but I didn't go WOW when it was all over. What did I miss? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rubyryan | 2/7/2014

    " Complex, tragic intelligent . Does become overly indulgent in places but overall excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Doust | 1/29/2014

    " This book revealed to me what a wonderful story teller Alex Miller is and what an honour it was to be on a literary long list with him. He didn't win, but if i had been a judge, I would have had him win before me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malcolm Brown | 1/21/2014

    " Hated it. The characters were awful people, making each other feel more and more miserable, and it made me feel ill. But there were some beautiful descriptions of place and smell. If only he'd stuck to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 1/19/2014

    " Having read 'Journey to the Stone Country' in an Australian Literature course last year, I was interested to see how this one went. I did not see it as a "love song" but the rather bleak, slightly ironical fantasy of a middle-aged man. I would have liked more depth and humour in all of the main characters, although there was potential for kindness in some. The tentative treatment of others made me wonder whether their cruelty was meant to be seen as such. Promising settings for both felt dull and under-utilised. The rather cloying intimacies in both made me squirm, as did warm and fuzzy repetitions of "a drink of tea" in 'Journey to the Stone Country' and "sweet pastries" in 'Lovesong'. While prepared to get through novels such as these, I want more than domestic homily and characterisation. Australian literature seems a little bogged down with sentimental family sagas, fictionalised historical tragedies, and rather insipid soul searching. Try 'Carpentaria' by Alexis Wright and 'The Hunter' by Julia Leigh. And anything by Christos Tsiolkas. All that said, there are an awful lot of Australian novels yet to read, especially more recent ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/19/2014

    " This book really got me hooked by the end. At times, I thought it was unnecessarily wordy and detailed. Sometimes it's better to leave things unwritten. However, the characters really drew me into theri story. An enjoyable read overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/13/2014

    " beautifully written, tender and enthralling story telling the intimate story of a marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/12/2014

    " some great insights on intercultural/bilingual relationships "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/10/2014

    " I think I liked this better than 'The Ancestor Game'. An Australian author who isn't confined by his Australianness. I felt that there were some loose ends at the conclusion, but I finished it in less than a day and found it compelling reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 1/10/2014

    " My favourite Australian author. This is a contemporary book. I love to read stories in settings that resonate for me whether it is in the bush (as with some of his novels) or this one in Melbourne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/15/2013

    " Tears and a craving for baked goods; by the end of such a tumultuous emotional excursion I needed to feel happy. I couldn't. I was dejected, but it was tragically beautiful. Writing like shards of broken jewellery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragazza | 12/4/2013

    " Desperation for a child leads to tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Hoare | 10/6/2013

    " I developed a deep dislike for one of the main charactors which killed a well written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/26/2013

    " What a beautifully written book. A lovely story with such sensitivity and wonderful depth to draw you in and keep you there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 8/28/2013

    " was highly recommended to me...simple story character driven. Could not relate to Sabiha in her quest but could completely relate to John especially how he used books/reading to escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Welch | 8/2/2013

    " A beautiful and sensitive story about a particularly strong and resourceful woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/15/2013

    " Alex Miller has won lots of prizes and this book is a good read, but not his best. Set in France then Australia, it is the story of a good marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celia Powell | 12/30/2012

    " It took me a little while to get into Miller's spare style of writing, but I enjoyed it - it adds a deceptive simplicity to this multifaceted story about several different types of love and desire. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ita | 12/14/2012

    " It's not often I seek romance in a book, but it was the mood i was in when I chose this one, and was left sorely disappointed!! The wife in the story was incredibly selfish and her sap of a husband put up with truly awful behaviour from her and continued to be unstintingly devoted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/24/2012

    " I enjoyed this novel. Interesting witnessing one woman's obsessive desire to have a child and hoe that effects the relationship she has with her husband. Also interesting as it depicts the difficulties of long-term relationships involving people from opposite sides of the earth. A great read. "

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