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26 September 2009

The Ice Chorus: A Review

Title: The Ice Chorus
Author: Sarah Stonich
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2005
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316815551
Edition: Hard Cover
Acquired: From the author for review

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The Ice Chorus has been re-issued by Alma Books and the excerpt is from their website.

After a brief but life-changing holiday affair ends her eighteen-year marriage, Liselle Dupre moves from Toronto to a remote village on the west coast of Ireland. She gradually becomes acquainted with some of the locals, whose wholehearted charm and colourful stories revive her spirits and inspire her to make a documentary about their interwoven tales of romance.

While she explores her fascinating new surroundings, Liselle comes to confront her own tumultuous past and her feelings for Charlie, the Welsh painter who rekindled her passions in Mexico, realizing that to tell the stories of others, she must first reveal her own.

Subtly and beautifully written, The Ice Chorus is a vivid and compassionate investigation of love and memory.

My review: The Ice Chorus by Sarah Stonich is a beautifully written novel about a woman, Lise, who has decided to leave her home in Toronto to move to a small town in Ireland to live near the ocean. To be more precise, an ocean depicted in one of Charlie's paintings. In this novel, Sarah Stonich, masterfully and with almost a lyrical quality, weaves together fragments of Lise's life in Toronto, her brief affair with Charlie in Mexico, and her current life in Ireland. As the reader moves from the cooler, slower paced life of Ireland to flashbacks of colourful Mexico, the reader learns more and more about Lise and the choices that have brought her to Ireland. Lise's move transforms her, making her realise that she must first be true to herself, to tell her own story. It is through Lise's passion for making documentaries of other people and the places they live that she learns not only whom she was, but also who she has become. The Ice Chorus is so masterfully written; the reader is immediately transported to Ireland and can almost smell the salt in the air or in a flashback, walking the hot sands of Mexico. This novel, so vivid in imagery and rich in detail, makes for a brilliant read of love, how one's memory can distort what one remembers, and above all family and redemption.

A trailer, interview and an excerpt of The Ice Chorus can be found on Sarah Stonich's website.

My gratitude to Sarah Stonich sending me a copy of her novel to review.

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11 comments:

LiveLaughLoveCj said...

As always a wonderfully written review that draws me in to yet another book I feel I must read.

Thank you for painting the picture that has drawn me to this book.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your review made me want to order this book NOW!

As the previous commenter pointed out, you "painted" a picture that drew me to this book.

HODGEPODGESPV said...

good review

Charlene said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!! Thanks for the great review!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Happy SITS Sat Sharefest...I am so intrigued! So many books to see here! Did you get to OUTLANDER? It's the fastest 640 pages you'll ever read...and then you'll have to read the ones that follow! LOVED IT!!

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TreasureHunter said...

I want to read this book now! Your review makes it sounds wonderful.

Thank you for sharing!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

As usual looks like a great read, especially for winter. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest =)

karen! said...

This sounds great. Thanks for your review.

Diane said...

sounds like a great storry; thanks for the review.

Rose City Reader said...

Great review of a really good book. This one was thoroughly entertaining. Here is my review.

Please leave a comment on Rose City Reader is you want me to list your review on mine.

Rose City Reader said...

I listed your review here -- thanks!