The Fall of Light

An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with graphics.Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is planning a take over of the business When a moAn excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with graphics.Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is planning a take over of the business When a motorbike accident puts him into hospital and forces him to recuperate at home, he looks in danger of losing everything, but it is then that his repressed artistic yearnings start to make their presence felt, not just in the glass creations he begins to make, but in his dreams, interspersing the text of the novel with graphic images.This is a terrific novel in its own right, but with the superb images it offers an additional and intriguingly innovative way to tell a story.
The Fall of Light An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with graphics Rudy is a successful architect but life is not as happy as it should be His work leaves him artistically f

  • Title: The Fall of Light
  • Author: Sarah Laing
  • ISBN: 9781775533030
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Fall of Light”

    1. Rudy is a workaholic architect who didn't heed his wife's complaints about the time he spent at work - she has left him. He also isn't heeding his business partner's requests that he tone down his designs - the customers invariably are finding them way over the top. Then a brush with death brings ongoing dreams and disturbances, and he has the time to think about his life. Of course, no change comes easily.I'm wasn't entirely convinced by the (female) author writing in a male voice - at times it [...]

    2. Brilliant dialogue and evocation of contemporary Auckland life. I agree about cupcakes! Her quirly illustrations add to the beauty of the book which is a very well-produced artefact -- very high quality paper. A pleasure to read.

    3. Originally posted at raw library.I can’t decide if it’s a fantastic or tough year to be a New Zealand writer. I suspect it’s a bit of both, for many – the Eleanor Catton effect has to be a tricky beast. There’s got to be an afterglow on the entire book industry locally – but it also has to be a bit daunting, being shelved alongside the newly christened Booker winner.That being said, as a book industry person and writer of words myself, I feel very much compelled to call attention to [...]

    4. Amazing erudition and detail in the telling although that slows the direction somewhat - not sure that the narrator's p.o.v. is focused enough - it feels like everything gets included as day follows day. Perhaps life is like that, but the novel is conventional rather than an experiment in stream-of-consciousness or ellipsis. The drawings were superb, especially as an adjunct to the narrative before they were revealed as the protagonist's dreams. Dialogue seemed too correct, articulate to me in t [...]

    5. Rudy is 42 and his life is beginning to crumble. He’s an architect, but his visions for buildings are too fanciful for his prosaic clients. He’s a workaholic, never ‘present’ for his family, so his wife has left him, taking their two daughters with her. He was adopted just after his birth, and has refused to face his longstanding concerns about who his real parents are. And then he has a major accident on his Vespa, nearly dies, and finds himself having to see things differently. Materia [...]

    6. (Harriet) Sarah is a beautiful embodiment of combined talents. Both her writing and artistic skills are on display in this latest publication, which is a text novel and a graphic novel all at once. In addition, though, in having these two elements brought together into one, they spark off each other, providing an added facet. This spark is very much a trademark of Sarah’s. Her new novel is an inspired work. The main character of Rudy is completely believable; in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised [...]

    7. I really liked this novel. Sarah Laing's writing is poetic, whimsical, imaginative. Or at least some of it is – there's also a clear story line about Rudy the architect, potentially at the peak of his career but clearly becoming jaded. After seeing a lightning bolt hit a tree in front of him, he crashes his Vespa and ends up in hospital. This is the catalyst for much soul-searching for the rest of the book: trying to repair his relationship with Yasmin (who left him), his daughters, struggling [...]

    8. Sarah Laing has a particular skill for observing the small details of characters and settings that make them both complex, believable and unforgettable. I felt as though Rudy, the architect at the centre of this wonderful novel, might be someone I once knew - rather than a character I met in the pages of a book. Many years ago I lived at the coast near Auckland and rode my Vespa in to the cute shop where I worked in Ponsonby. I even had an architect boyfriend who struggled to reconcile his artis [...]

    9. Three and a half stars.I really loved the last third of this book – the characters came together, the writing was clever and witty and the story wove its way into interested places. This was the Sarah Laing writing I love – free, lyrical, creative and wonderfully unexpected and clever.However, the first part didn’t speak to me. Maybe it was because Rudy was so calculated and controlling that I never bought into him as a person. I wondered at times if it was because the sentences were short [...]

    10. I couldn't put this book down. I loved following Rudy's life as he tripped from one encounter to another, and Sarah Laing paints such vivid pictures with her words. Rudy is obsessed with details, and all the details he notices serve to bring each setting and situation to life, so each chapter has the quality of a satisfying short story. Each character emerges quietly from description and conversation into completely real people. I particularly liked Rudy's irreverent friend Greg. I also loved th [...]

    11. The illustrations in this novel are of dream sequences that come as inserts between chapters. The novel is about a boundary-pushing architect having a mid-life crisis. Interesting that the last two Kiwi novels I've read have centred around structural engineering/architecture. This one is more conventional that Pip Adam's novel, illustrations aside, but there's an inspiration from Calvino's Invisible Cities, which gets mentioned often and is a touchstone for the main character. It's not hugely su [...]

    12. I nearly abandoned this early on, as the main character is so thoroughly unlikable - so utterly pretentious and self-absorbed. However I stuck with it, and really became absorbed in it. Interesting to see the way being adopted and his family background shaped his personality, and made me a little more forgiving of him.

    13. Always good to read a book set in places you recognizeI enjoyed this story and was occasionally surprised by the author's insights and liked looking at her illustrations. The story hooked me in and kept me interested until the end. A good holiday read.

    14. Adored everything about this book . Im sad iit has ended for me ! The Characters , location , pace . Written was so beautifully yet powerful . I would find myself thinking a lot about the characters during my day . Sarah Laing is one clever author ! Can't wait for the next novel .

    15. Good book. Lots of different themes and things to think about. The characters are believable and well developed. Amazing what a near death experience can do to a person.

    16. Set in Auckland meant that I couldsualise and relate to this story in many ways. An excellently written book

    17. I loved this! I wish there were more NZ novels like it. Loved the West Auckland setting. Loved the characters. Beautifully written.

    18. Set in Auckland and west coast Auckland which made it interesting. Relationship breakup, conflict between being an architect and an artist.

    19. I really enjoyed this story about a man whose life unravels after an accident, forcing him to face up to his own personal demons, grow up, and figure out what kind of life he wants to lead.

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