Eating Air

Ella de Vries, a stunning beauty with obsidian eyes who dances with the Royal Ballet, falls in love with Donny McLeod, a Dionysiac rebel and free spirit who believes in nothing.It is the 1970s They move into a household of political radicals and become casually drawn into extremism Infiltration by Special Branch leads to a violent crime that sends Ella into self imposeElla de Vries, a stunning beauty with obsidian eyes who dances with the Royal Ballet, falls in love with Donny McLeod, a Dionysiac rebel and free spirit who believes in nothing.It is the 1970s They move into a household of political radicals and become casually drawn into extremism Infiltration by Special Branch leads to a violent crime that sends Ella into self imposed exile in Brazil Donny goes wandering Over thirty years later Ella returns.The economy is in freefall An entirely different kind of terrorist is active The unruly nature of love reunites her with Hector, a former housemate who is torn over whether to make common cause with Islamic extremists in attacking a bank When Donny reappears Ella becomes the catalyst for a series of events the final outcome of which is as shocking as it is unexpected Blending satire and lyricism, comedy and tragedy, Eating Air is Pauline Melville s most audacious work yet.Pauline Melville is the author of two short story collections and two novels Her first novel, The Ventriloquist s Tale 1997 won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.Shape Shifter won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writer s Prize and the PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Award.She has worked as an actress, appearing in films such as Mona Lisa and British television programmes including the BBC Television comedy series The Young Ones She currently lives in London.
Eating Air Ella de Vries a stunning beauty with obsidian eyes who dances with the Royal Ballet falls in love with Donny McLeod a Dionysiac rebel and free spirit who believes in nothing It is the s They mo

  • Title: Eating Air
  • Author: Pauline Melville
  • ISBN: 9781846590764
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Eating Air”

    1. There’s something intriguingly slapdash about Pauline Melville’s new novel, Eating Air. It begins with the narrator briefly introducing himself , – and then the curtains raise and for 407 pages we’re jumping from character to character, scene to scene, at a pace that is exhilarating (if slightly dizzying). Melville has created the literary equivalent of a Cirque de Soleil performance given by middle-aged political radicals who have managed to live long enough to know better. Her novel is [...]

    2. The book started out quite promisingly but was a bit disappointed at the end of it. As long as I know I was reading about the 60s student unrest and rebellion I was interested but the moment it linked up with the terrorism and a tenuous one at that, my interest flagged. I don't think the two can be equated. I agree with Hector Rossi who says that they are completely different politics. And not to mention Islamic terrorists do not make strategic alliances (Al Qaeda may make but not ISIS). Of cour [...]

    3. Complex but gripping story telling. the numerous cast does confuse towards the end, but you just keep up with th central characters. Interesting and dangerous thematic

    4. Eating Air is a very rich book, multi-layered and intelligently constructed. The book inspires thoughts about the human nature - with rather sobering results. The book got me engaged in the story immediately. However, for my taste, it ended with too many loose ends.

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