Book Review: THE VILLAGE SANG TO THE SEA

PrintE-mail Written by Julian White

Review: The Village Sang to the Sea – A Memoir of Magic / Author: Bruce McAllister / Publisher: Aeon Press / Release Date: Out Now

When he and his parents move to a small fishing village in Italy in the 1960s, naïve American teenager Brad Lattimer suddenly finds himself plunged into an intoxicating and occasionally dangerous world of heat and strangeness. This is a place where little green lizards seem to talk back to you, where women who may or may not be witches lurk in woodland cottages, where a lady who may or may not be a ghost patrols an abandoned hospital, and a girl who may or may not be haunted by the spirit of the dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley spells out his poems with shells on the sands of a remote cove.

The Village Sang to the Sea is a charming book somewhere between Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine and a supernatural My Family and Other Animals. Like Dandelion Wine, it's essentially a collection of short stories linked by a shared central character and a number of connecting passages. The mood is nostalgic, gently humorous, sun-dazzled, a celebration of childhood's sense of wonder and a wistful remembrance of a paradise lost. Externally, not a great deal happens: much of it is about the inner workings of Brad's mind as he becomes overloaded with sensory impressions. For the reader, too, it's all quite heady and overwhelming – the sights, smells, lore and language of this vanished place rise pungently off the page thanks to Bruce McAllister's vivid and intense prose. A delicate fantasy that leaves a lasting impression.



Suggested Articles:
A serial killer nicknamed the Rosary Ripper is terrorising London, cruelly dispatching his/her victi
Following on from Marked and Cursed, Bound is the final entry in the Soulseer Chronicles, detailing
Before the Internet, fanzines were where it was at. There are very few actual physical examples of t
If you were a child of the late ‘80s, odds are you got caught up in the phenomenon that was Teenag
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
...