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This book is Melmoth. It's pages reach out, take you by the hand and walks you through each of the character's lives, making you bear witness to moral complexities navigated by each character. The Interweaving narratives introduced with the strange manuscript bound me to this book and didn't release me until the final page. I still feel the tingle on the back of my neck - like the book is nearby, watching and waiting...
Sarah Perry's writing is a lesson in the mastery of the English language, with the poetic fluidity of the River Elbe. Although this book is rather demure, it packs a real punch and manages to combine history, folklore and morality to create a thrilling allegory of ignorance and narrow sightedness.
Sarah Perry's beautiful writing ensnares you with the tale of Helen, a translator living in modern-day Prague who uncovers the myth of Melmoth via letters and diary extracts from across the centuries. Sleep well...
Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change.
A strange manuscript has come into her possession. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.
Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Helen can't stop reading or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.
Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.
Closing date: 29/02/2020
This is a beautiful, devastating, brilliant book. It affected me so much I was shaking after I read it. The exquisite, immersive writing compelled me to keep reading even through the horrors described. -- Marian Keyes
Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth. -- Francis Spufford
Richly atmospheric, daring and surprising, Melmoth seals Sarah Perry's place as chief architect of literature's gothic revival. -- Melissa Harrison Striking in form and brave in the questions it asks of us all, moving and terribly beautiful, Melmoth left me troubled and haunted for weeks. -- Sam Guglani
Sarah Perry is a wonderful writer, the real thing. Her new novel Melmoth packs a punch of atmosphere, creepiness, fear and melancholy. I am going to move it off my bedside table because it is haunting my sleep. -- Susan Hill
Mythic, ominous and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways... including the disquieting ones. -- Frances Hardinge
In rich, lyrical prose, Perry weaves history and myth, human frailty and compassion, into an affecting gothic morality tale for 2018. Like David Mitchell and Sarah Waters, Perry is changing what a modern-day ghost story can look like, challenging her readers to confront the realities of worldwide suffering from which fiction is so often an escape. A chilling novel about confronting our complicity in past atrocities-and retaining the strength and moral courage to strive for the future. - starred Kirkus review
This is a sobering, disturbing, yet powerful and moving book that cannot fail to impress. - starred Booklist review
Helen Franklin, a translator living in Prague, finds herself searching for the truth behind the dark, legendary figure Melmoth-while also being pursued by her. This gothic mystery novel from the author of The Essex Serpent is a treat. - Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018
Praise for The Essex Serpent: 'One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade' - Sunday Times
An irresistible novel that taps the vein of Victorian Gothic and British myth' - Daily Telegraph
An unforgettable achievement - starred Publishers Weekly review
Praise for After Me Comes the Flood: 'Remarkable... will haunt the reader long after the final page.' - Guardian
Praise for Sarah Perry: 'One of the finest fiction writers working in Britain today. -- John Burnside Sarah Perry has the rare gift of committing the uncommittable to prose - that is to say: here is a writer who understands life. -- Jessie Burton Perry is a wonderful descriptive writer with a remarkable talent for making the familiar strange ... She bleeds light into darkness and back again - The Times
Perry's language is exquisite, her characterisation finely tuned... it's clear that Perry is a gifted writer of immense ability. - Irish Times
A hugely talented author. -- Sarah Waters Genius. -- Lucy Mangan Perry writes fantastically - The Bookseller
Perry has crafted an atmospheric, gothic tale with the requisite bumps and shocks, but one that also asks profound and powerful questions about morality, mercy and redemption -- Alice O'Keeffe This fever dream of a novel will prove as compelling and all-consuming as The Essex Serpent - Starred Library Journal review
The very notion of Melmoth strikes such an innate chord it's easy to believe this folklore could be true. And isn't that all it takes to create real horror? Perry's beautiful writing ensnares you with the tale of Helen, a translator living in modern-day Prague who uncovers the myth of Melmoth via letters and diary extracts from across the centuries. Sleep well... - Emerald Street
A writer with a far-seeing, delicately-coloured focus in creating both settings and characters, and an eye for picking out the extraordinary factors in everyday life ... Melmoth certainly doesn't disappoint ... a gripping read ... extremely tense, satisfying, and hard to put down ... a delicious, melancholic and complex kind of darkness which pervades throughout ... Definitely one to read as the nights draw in. -- Clare Mulley - The Skinny
Publication date: 02/10/2018
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd October 2018|
|Publisher:||Profile Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been the writer in residence at the Gladstone Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. She lives in Norwich. Author photo © Jamie DrewMore About Sarah Perry