The White City

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The White City

The White City Every day when I stand on high ground and look towards the Tower to where the river used to be I see it melt a little Hera has known great loss over decades of endless winter The first snows coincid

  • Title: The White City
  • Author: Roma Tearne
  • ISBN: 9781910709429
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every day when I stand on high ground and look towards the Tower, to where the river used to be, I see it melt a little Hera has known great loss over decades of endless winter The first snows coincided with the arrest of her brother on terrorism charges, and since then she has witnessed the total collapse of normal life in a devastated London Her only source of c Every day when I stand on high ground and look towards the Tower, to where the river used to be, I see it melt a little Hera has known great loss over decades of endless winter The first snows coincided with the arrest of her brother on terrorism charges, and since then she has witnessed the total collapse of normal life in a devastated London Her only source of comfort through it all has been her relationship with Raphael Now, as the thaw begins, can she at last track down her elusive lover Within this compelling vision of a dystopian near future, Roma Tearne offers us a moving study of human endurance.Praise for Roma Tearne Roma Tearne is an exquisite writer and captivating storyteller Aminatta Forna Skilled and sensitive Tearne s training as a painter shows in the subtle descriptions that fill each page with lyrical power Independent on Sunday Tearne captures a shifting social and political landscape and questions notions of home and homeland The Independent Tearne brings her skills as a painter to her writing Sunday Telegraph She has a wonderful ability to create atmosphere The Times Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose Sunday Times

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    1. Georgia on said:

      An intriguing story. It was honestly so bleak at points that it's taken me two weeks to read because I could only take a small bit at a time.While it is technically dystopian fiction it wasn't about that at all. Truly it is a family drama, but also a small scale political drama? There was so much packed in here about past events, current events, fictional events, and possible future events all set around this allegorical setting of a frozen London. Sometimes I was a bit unsure about context as I [...]

    2. Anna on said:

      ‘The White City’ is an oddly structured novel and, in my opinion, alternately too literal and too allegorical to be considered truly dystopian. (For some arbitrary reason I require consistency in my dystopias.) It largely consists of two extended flashbacks, telling the stories of Hera and Raphael, a young Londoner and the man she loves. After the events of these flashbacks the narrative jumps forward 27 years, during which a long winter nearly depopulates London. I inferred that Hera’s su [...]

    3. Jasmine Pope on said:

      I struggled in deciding how to rate this. The prose is beautiful and elegant. The scenes are shown so effortlessly and the whole thing was just really unique in tone and character cast. However It was hard to follow in the way that a bunch of dots would be drawn with no lines connecting them. Time after time an interesting concept would be touched in a couple words by a character but then not further addressed so you’re sitting here thinking, “why?”. This made it hard to really feel anythi [...]

    4. Dree on said:

      3.5 starsDefinitely a book that I wish I had a book group to discuss with!Hera, the daughter of Muslim immigrants, lives in London. One day her brother is arrested and taken as a suspected terrorist. Her parents and "uncle" spend all of their time (and money) trying to get information on where he is and why they think he has done this.Meanwhile, a 27 year winter settles over London. Hera, an art student, us regularly painting Raphael, a survivor of Pinochet's Chile. The only survivor of his fami [...]

    5. John Fetzer on said:

      I am a big fan of Roma Tearne. I got hooked on her Sri Lanka themed books, then found her others, that only had a Sri Lankan expat as a character, were just as well written. This book is a step further away, focused on Arab expats in a London slightly in the future. It also is a fantasy distopia, which really is not that far from the societal dysfunction of war torn Sri Lanka or the closet racist UK of disillusioned southAsians.There are jumps in the narrative from first to third person and from [...]

    6. Liz Brown on said:

      A brilliant book. It tackles head on an uneasy subject: a not-too-distant London where fear of terrorism and years of freezing temperatures mean life and social norms collapse. The story is bleak, but it is also lyrical and compassionate thanks to the voice of the narrator who never looses her instinct for kindness or her eye for the absurd. The book also explores the importance of memory and place, and the especial significance of stories told and retold for those who like the Muslim narrator m [...]

    7. Paul Taylor on said:

      This is a good book if unremittingly gloomy.It addresses relationships, personal and family ties, the alienation of a people by a government's law enforcement and fears in a post apocalyptic, climate changed environment. The clock does not stike thirteen but it tips more than a nod to 1984 not least the fatal flaws in some love affairs. Having visited the museum of Memory in Santiago de Chile I was not at all surpised to read the author's acknowledgements so reminiscent was the story of "The Dis [...]

    8. Jane on said:

      A great deal of angst for all concerned here. Hera is obsessed with Raphael, Aslam is arrested and sent off probably because of terrorist activities, Calypso cannot deal with Aslam's arrest (and neither could any other mother under the circumstances), Raphael has his own tragic back story, one man is the true love of Calypso's life and the other was the arranged husband. All of this unfolds in a London covered in ice and snow, a shortage of food and a plague on cows with burning carcasses. Don't [...]

    9. ray-chel ♥ on said:

      I don't even know where to begin with how heart breaking and beautiful this book is. When an author can write a work that makes you feel as much as I felt, they are doing something right. At first, the book was a little interesting, but halfway through, I couldn't put it down. The writing style, character development and elaboration! YES! Read it. Take the plunge.

    10. Alex Watson on said:

      I love a post-apocalyptic book and this did not disappoint.

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