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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-Geral Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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