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The Melody

by Jim Crace

The Melody by Jim Crace X
The Melody by Jim Crace
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2018, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 11, 2019, 272 pages

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Two-time Booker Prize nominee Jim Crace emerges from retirement to deliver a fable-esque meditation on poverty and greed set in an unnamed coastal town.

Mourning the recent death of his wife Alicia, famed singer-songwriter Alfred Busi is wrested from sleep one evening by foragers feasting on the contents of the bins outside his sea view villa. While Busi usually ignores this frequent occurrence, on this night he has an impulse to investigate further. Stepping outside into the balmy darkness armed solely with a stick, the elderly widower is attacked by a shadowy figure and left bloody from bites and scratches. In the confusion, Busi cannot work out whether the feral aggressor is man or animal.

The incident quickly becomes fodder for neighborhood gossip and, sensing a storm brewing, reporters twist Busi's uncertainty about his attacker's identity for sensational effect. The local homeless population, who appear to be a cross between gypsies and slum-dwellers and occupy the wilderness on the outskirts of town, are compared to vicious ...

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