Wednesday, September 18, 2013

G131 Book Review of A Time of Myths by Chris Blamires

Name of Book: A Time of Myths

Author: Chris Blamires

ISBN: 9780957598706)

Publisher: Literary Orchard

Type of book: Woodstock, 1969, England, Greece, 1980s, death of innocence, music, commercialism, mystery, love triangle

Year it was published: 2013

Summary:

Woodstock, 1969: the Festival that defined a decade of peace, love and freedom. The paths of five young English students cross – with devastating consequences. Consequences that eventually reach a climax in an isolated Cretan gorge.

Seventeen years later, in the ‘golden age’ of capitalism, dramatic events conspire to reunite the surviving members, necessitating a perilous return to Greece and to a tiny Greek island, as dangerous secrets and self-deceptions are at last forced into the glaring light…

Steeped in the folklore of the 20th century, A Time of Myths is not solely a historical mystery adventure: it seeks also to examine who we are, and how far we are in control of our actions – and even of our lives.

Characters:

There are five characters such as Jo, Beki, Maddy, Nathan and Jack. I am sorry that in some cases I couldn't keep the backgrounds straight. Nathan is for equal rights and his sister has passed away in mysterious circumstances. I also think he is in some sort of love triangle between the two girls. Jack is wealthy and keeps secrets from Nathan. I recall that one of the girls found a bird as a pet, another went through abusive childhood, or perhaps its the same girl, and one of the girls came from Greece which she wanted to explore while the last one desired to be a nurse. I also recall one of the girls was a poet as well.

Theme:

Past impacts present

Plot:

Its written in third person narrative, primarily from Nathan's and Jack's point of view, although when it comes to them attending the Woodstock Festival of 1969, we do see points of view from Beki, Jo and Maddy as well as more of Nathan and Jack's background. It begins in 1980s when Jack goes over to Greece to get Nathan's help, and then it flashes back to 1969, fleshing out the characters as well as what was going on and so forth. Afterwards we go back to 1980s and see a resolution to the problem. I think sometimes I was a bit confused on points of view, as well as character backgrounds.

Author Information:

Not available

Opinion:

I think this is a book for me to really love when I'll get older. What I did like and enjoy were interesting quotes, the character background, the historical research when it came to sixties and eighties and so forth. I think what I did dislike was that I often confused one character for another and its an unusual book to be read by the way; almost all of it seems to be beginnings or exposition, but towards the end it finally begins to pick up and becomes interesting. I tend to read multiple books at once and I think the author has designed for this book to be read in as few settings as possible.

Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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