The Melody

Category: Book
By (author): Crace, Jim
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Magical Realism
  FICTION / Psychological
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: June 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25in x 5.62in
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From The Publisher*From a generational talent and two-time Booker nominee, a tension-filled story about unacknowledged fears and looming inevitability

Alfred Busi, famed and beloved in his town for his music and songs, is now in his sixties, mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days alone in the large villa he has always called home. The night before he is due to attend a ceremony at the town's avenue of fame, Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that the thing that attacked him was no animal, but a child, "innocent and wild," and his words fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town--and new controversy: the town's paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.
     As Busi's nephew's ambitious plans for himself and for the town develop he is able to fan the flames of rumour, and soon Busi and the town he loves will be altered irrevocably.
     The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel, too--a rallying cry to protect those we persecute. It is lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, a powerful future classic.
Review Quote*"This could have been a straightforward political allegory about man's inhumanity to man: the poor of Busi's city, banished to its outskirts, are increasingly under threat of eradication. But Crace's seductively atmospheric novel, suffused as it is with archetypes and the stuff of dreams, is much richer, slyer and more mysterious. It's an elegy, too-for lost love, youth and talent-and deeply moving." -Daily Mail

"Of the generation of British novelists born in the immediate postwar period, only Kazuo Ishiguro rivals Crace's range in terms of emotional power and unusual subject matter." -Financial Times

"Hypnotic and powerful." -The Irish Times

"The Melody is at its most poignant on the subject of growing old...every sentence is packed with Crace's characteristic lyricism.... Anybody who reads The Melody will find plenty to admire and chew on." -The Times

"Strange, unsettling, brilliant-everything you'd expect from one of our most original and inventive novelists." -Observer

"The Melody is an ambitious, powerful work which won't disappoint his growing band of enthusiasts." -Big Issue

"Dark, believable, fey, The Melody could work as an episode of Black Mirror. Jim Crace dazzles in various and surprising ways." -Sidney Morning Herald
Biographical NoteJIM CRACE is the author of thirteen previous works of fiction. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Crace has also received the E. M. Forster Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.