Hello my loves!
I hope you are managing this lockdown situation okay. I consider myself to be, not an antisocial person, but someone that certainly enjoys their own company. I thought this being on lockdown would almost be like a break from having to keep up with social norms etc. Isn’t it funny how not being social is the thing that I am missing the most at this time? Maybe I’m not as antisocial as I first thought!
Anyway, enough blathering from me, on to today’s post. This is potentially going to be my last post for a while due to being a key working and frankly rushed off my feet. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, stay home and take care! On to the review!
* Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: A Theatre for Dreamers
Author: Polly Samson
Publication date: 2nd April 2020
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads rating: 4.00
Genre: Historical fiction
1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen.
Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels.
Burning with the heat and light of Greece, A Theatre for Dreamers is a spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost – and the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius.
Overall opinion of the book:
Faced with the loss of her mother, Erica seeks to connect with her on the island of Hydra. This is a novel about abusive relationships and family secrets, artists and the roles women play in their lives and their work, and the gender politics of the 60s in Greece. The lives of those at the core of this story were unfamiliar to me at the beginning of this book, and by the time I reached the final page, I feel as if I had known them personally. Over the years I have found myself drawn more and more to books that feature art and this one certainly let me down in that respect.
With lyrical writing and a backdrop that blazes with warmth and character, this a great book for anyone wanting to escape during these unprecedented times that we all face. A great piece of fiction if you are in need of some escapism – the language dreamy and fitting for the lives that would have been lived at that time on Hydra.
That’s not to say there were not things that I liked less about this book. It sometimes felt as though the descriptions were too lyrical, with too many adjectives at times. It’s such a shame really that this blog tour came around now, just as I was having to cancel my holiday to Greece. This obviously impacted my reading experience (I’m still gutted not to be having the much needed break in the sun that I had planned) and I almost certainly would have given it 4 stars had I read it at any other time.