The Sound of Butterflies

The Sound of Butterflies It is Thomas Edgar a passionate collector of butterflies is offered the chance of a lifetime to travel to the as part of a scientific expedition Hoping to find the mythical butterfly that will

  • Title: The Sound of Butterflies
  • Author: Rachael King
  • ISBN: 9780330449168
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is 1903 Thomas Edgar, a passionate collector of butterflies, is offered the chance of a lifetime to travel to the as part of a scientific expedition Hoping to find the mythical butterfly that will make his name and immortalise that of his wife, Sophie for if he finds it, he will call it the Papilio Sophia he eagerly accepts the invitation, and embarks on a jIt is 1903 Thomas Edgar, a passionate collector of butterflies, is offered the chance of a lifetime to travel to the as part of a scientific expedition Hoping to find the mythical butterfly that will make his name and immortalise that of his wife, Sophie for if he finds it, he will call it the Papilio Sophia he eagerly accepts the invitation, and embarks on a journey that will take him to a whole new world.On his return, Sophie greets her husband at the railway station, and is appalled by the change in him he is thin, obviously sick, and apparently so traumatised by what he witnessed while he was away, he has been rendered mute As Thomas struggles to find the words to describe what he s seen, it s unclear whether or not Sophie and their marriage will be able to withstand what he has to tell her, for the story that unfolds, the story behind Thomas s silence, is one of great brutality Like the butterflies Thomas is so obsessed by, the butterflies that he catches and kills, it s a story of men who have been dazzled by surface splendour and wealth, and consequently refuse to acknowledge its underlying cruelty But when that cruelty ends in murder, the question for Thomas and Sophie is whether or not he should be the one to speak out.Written in rich, sensuous prose, and taking the reader from the demure gentility of Edwardian England to the decadence of Brazil s rubber boom, The Sound of Butterflies is a compelling and noteworthy debut.

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    1. Ο ψίθυρος της πεταλούδας άρρηκτα συνδεδεμένος με το " πέταγμα της πεταλούδας". Ένα βιβλίο που αναφέρεται στο μεγαλείο της αδύναμης ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης. Η ξεφτίλα του πάθους και ο πόνος του λάθος θα μπορούσε να ειναι ένας διαφορετικός τίτλος.Αναφορικά με την πλοκή και την υπό [...]

    2. A novel with the common theme of The White Man entering a primal jungle and finding himself succumbing to his primal instincts. This one is a bit different. The protagonist Thomas, loves butterflies. I mean he really loves butterflies "When he caught sight of his first Morphos, their blue wings shining in the sun like stained glass, he felt a familiar stirring in his trousers. This was something he couldn't explain and had long ago given up trying to. Ever since he was a young lad, his body had [...]

    3. It took me a while to find a way in to writing a review of this wonderful book. I felt that the fact that the author is one of my most treasured friends might be influencing my objectivity and yet, I knew that this was a great book. It is a good read, but I also think it is an important book, one that challenges the reader to face unpleasant truths about our flawed human nature and one that addresses a question that I believe we each must answer for ourselves in the face of the terrible injustic [...]

    4. Good story- extremely violent and gory in some parts so not for everyone, but interesting to read about the rubber barons in Brazil and their financial connection to Europe. It is a story of the many physical and moral dilemmas a man must face while on a butterfly expedition in the in 1904 which render him mute upon his return to his wife, Sophie. Through his journal entries and past letters, Sophie attempts to piece together what has happened to her beloved husband during his travels.

    5. 3,5 stelleIl romanzo si svolge tra gli anni 1903 e il 1904.Thomas è un giovane naturalista che va in Brasile per catturare, raccogliere e catalogare farfalle, quando torna a casa, un anno dopo è incapace di proferire verbo.In Amazzonia è successo qualcosa che l’ha sconvolto, da qui la mia decisione di prendere il libro, insomma finalmente un po’ di sana sfortuna dopo i due libri pieni di fronzoli e insulina per endovena che ho letto, invece la delusione più nera.Il perché del suo mutism [...]

    6. The characters in this book are not likable. Even the third-person omniscient narrator frustrated me. There were unnecessary gruesome details as well as a lot of missing details. The story was not compelling, and the way it unfolded was extremely predictable. I was so annoyed with the book that I wanted to stop reading, but I don’t like giving up on books. Do yourself a favor and don’t start reading it.

    7. In Rachael King's The Sound of Butterflies, Thomas Edgar, an amateur naturalist; travels to the in search of a butterfly he isn't even sure exists. Things start out fine for Mr. Edgar and his three companions: George, Ernie, and John. Catching wonderful specimens, and ever on the look-out for what will be his prize catch - his Papilio Sophia. A yellow and black swallow-tailed butterfly.In their travels of scientific exploration in the jungle's of Brazil, they meet Mr. Santos, a seemingly harmle [...]

    8. The premise of The Sound of Butterflies was incredibly promising: a scientific expedition through the , paralleled with a deep mystery to be solved on explorer Thomas Edgar’s return to England.Unfortunately, what could have been made into a thrilling, complex drama by author Rachael King, is fairly placid for the most part. It’s a little like Heart of Darkness meets Anna Karenina, but without the resonance of either. Actually, maybe that’s not quite fair. There are some very strong moments [...]

    9. I came across this gem on the bookshelves of the holiday home we rented this week. Those bookshelves made shivers run down my spine, because the owner of the home (also named Sue, and also from the UK) seemed to be, well, me, actually. All my favourite authors were there, from A.A. Milne and Michael Bond through to adult contemporary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and classics I have loved. My husband asked me if this was in fact my secret hideaway, given it was exactly as I would have furnished [...]

    10. This novel raced to the top of New Zealand's best seller charts- the author, Rachel King, is the daughter of one NZ most-celebrated historians and writers (Michael King, The Penguin History of New Zealand). King is also the step-sister of a member of my then-book group. I will hold confidential the discussion we held at PLONK, a frou frou wine bar in Christchurch (I recall having a pot of herbal tea),I tried hard to like this novel. The narrative- which moved between Victorian England and the wi [...]

    11. I was extremely disappointed with this book. I really thought I was going to like it. I mean what's not to like about a scientific expedition into the ? And the story was set up nicely. It starts off with the main character Thomas coming home to his wife from the very badly shocked. He is shocked in to silence. He won't talk. So I'm thinking maybe he got into some trouble with the locals. Maybe his life was in danger and he saw some and did some unspeakable things. But no! I was more than half [...]

    12. This sweet, deceptively simple novel touches on so many different themes and tropes, that reflecting on it, it is a marvel the author carried it all off, and did it so well.The Sound of Butterfliesis about manners and conventions, love, trust, and social justice cradled in the familiar narrative of the white man entering the jungle and succumbing to his most basic instincts. (A lo-carb Heart of Darkness if you will.) While the ending felt a little rushed and was wrapped up a little too nearly, t [...]

    13. Great page turner - every wilder thing that happened next was unpredictable but seemed set in concrete and unavoidably necessary not to mention convincing once it had occurred. Wee exceptions like Santos would have known Thomas was doing what he was doing, as he had spies and control but character is fate, and oh Thomas we've all been young. Clever too with the readability - easy to follow despite the flowering plot lines and flashbacks and flash-forwards that kept the suspense. Liked the charac [...]

    14. Turn of the century English butterfly seeker in the . Books set in the are always so exotic and this one right up there. Salvation at the end but a lot of strange goings-on in the middle.

    15. This book was a bit stiff at the beginning but did begin to pick up speed i expect it also fairly accurately represented the colonial relationships and abuses of power in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I do think, in another life, I was an explorer, at awe of the wonders in new frontiers.

    16. Loved this book, couldn't put it down. It drew me in, had me fascinated with the various characters and even interested in the Edwardian period which I know little about, but want to know more about now through further reading.

    17. A deftly woven tale with strings connecting many people. The description was lovely; I felt as though I really WAS in the balmy rainforest looking for butterflies--a welcome respite from the snow falling outside as I read.

    18. Este é um texto-estreia da autora neozelandesa Rachel King, mas não é, de todo, uma obra de principiante. O facto de ter sido agraciado pela Sociedade de Autores do seu país não será um acontecimento fortuito e não resultará, por certo, de uma qualquer simpatia pela família. É uma história muito bem apresentada e desenvolvida, registada numa escrita fácil, fluente, adequada, mas sem pretensiosismos. O enredo é envolvente, com uma auréola de mistério; insinua-se no leitor que sente [...]

    19. It's intriguing to begin reading a novel whose title seems so paradoxical: The Sound of Butterflies. In all my young days chasing butterflies among the wildflowers, the butterflies never once made a sound. They weren't like moths at the window or the buzzy bees, nor chirping birds or the wind through the trees. Not even close. In fact, their silence added to their mystique and beauty."Dear Sophie, We have finally reached Manaus and are now being accommodated at the home of Mr. Santos --- a man w [...]

    20. Thomas Edgar loves butterflies. He has heard about a mysterious butterfly that is half black and half yellow - this is an oddity as butterflies are always symmetrical. Being an amateur naturalist, he gets the amazing chance of a lifetime to join a group of scientists bound for the rainforest to collect specimens to send back to England. When he catches this special butterfly and catalogs it, he will name it Papilio Sophia after his wife and realize his dream of discovering a new butterfly.His f [...]

    21. This is Rachael King’s debut novel, set around the turn of the century. It has an interesting construction, using narrative, diary pages and letters to tell the story. These work well and bring an immediacy to the writing, conveying a powerful sense of place and time. There’s a whole array of themes in this novel: a love story which includes betrayal and devotion, travel to colonial settings and the ian rainforest, sex of various kinds, snobbery and shocking brutality. The main characters ar [...]

    22. Sophie's husband Thomas left in search of the holy grail of butterflies, but he has returned a changed and altogether incomplete man. From his mysterious wounds to his inability or unwillingness to speak, it is clear that his travels were wrought with trauma and brutality. [return]It started out as a slow read, and I found it difficult initially to immerse myself in the identities of Sophie & Thomas. But before long, I was eagerly following the dual points of view, slowly discovering with So [...]

    23. Overall I thought this was a good book. Rachael King has a way with words that paint the most exquisite landscapes. While there were many great aspects of this book, the best of them all has to be her command of language. The begining of the book seemed to take off slowly, more effort seemed to be placed on painting the landscapes as opposed to character development. However, as the book goes on the characters begin to take shape and the lack of explanation in the begining is seen as appropriate [...]

    24. Several times in the five or so years I've owned this book I've picked it up, read the first eighty pages and then given up. This time I managed the whole thing and it was really not what I was expecting at all. I found it incredibly hard to sympathise with Thomas. He repeatedly talks about how sad and sorry he is for betraying his wife while not backing this up with actions. The first time, while he was not himself, perhaps I could've believed that he did love his wife. But he continued to betr [...]

    25. I'm a sucker for Brazilian jungle novels (LOVED Patchett's "State of Wonder"), and when you add in the 1904 rubber baron and corrupt Manaus angle, I'm totally hooked.The parallel story structure of Thomas in the jungle and Sophie back in Richmond is great, and as the former story unfolds, an element of mystery develops. Sophie's struggles to understand what has so severely traumatized her mute husband is full of pathos. Thomas is revealed as a failed human being who keeps as silent as the butter [...]

    26. Agli inizi del ‘900, Thomas si reca in Brasile per cercare e raccogliere farfalle e al suo ritorno un anno dopo non parla più. La ricostruzione dei fatti avviene alternando la vita insieme di Sophie e Thomas, scritta al presente, al racconto dell’esperienza dell’uomo nella giungla, al passato remoto. A completare il quadro si aggiungono la sua corrispondenza con la moglie e con un amico e pagine del suo diario. Questo stile vario rende la lettura molto godibile e mantiene viva la suspance [...]

    27. Loved it! Normally only get books from the library since they cost so much but was heading away for a few days and this one was one of the least expensive in the shop. it seemed a fascinating story going by the back blurb. Set in 1904 Edwardian England, it's largely about a young man who leaves his young wife behind and goes off in search for a very special butterfly deep in the rainforest and experiences things that eventually leave him speechless on his return. I love the way Rachael tells th [...]

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