The Chimes

The Chimes

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"After the end of a brutal civil war, London is divided, with slums standing next to a walled city of elites. Monk-like masters are selected for special schooling and shut away for decades, learning to write beautiful compositions for the chimes, played citywide morning and night, to mute memory and keep the citizens trapped in ignorance. A young orphan named Simon arrives in London with nothing but the vague sense of a half-forgotten promise, to locate someone. What he finds is a new family--a gang of scavengers that patrols the underbelly of the city looking for valuable metal to sell. Drawn in by an enigmatic and charismatic leader, a blind young man named Lucien with a gift for song, Simon forgets entirely what originally brought him to the place he has now made his home. In this alternate London, the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is considered "blasphony." But Simon has a unique gift--the gift of retaining memories--that will lead him to discover a great injustice and take him far beyond the meager life as a member of Lucien's gang. Before long he will be engaged in an epic struggle for justice, love, and freedom. The Chimes is an impressive work of speculative fiction, an imaginative adventure elegantly told. The Chimes reveals the human capacity to create both beauty and terror, in art and in life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781681445342
Branch Call Number: F SMAIL-A
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Jun 11, 2020

Set in an alternate, almost medieval version of London this dystopian fantasy is big on world-building and setting, as well as incorporating clever use of language that enriches readers’ sense of the setting. Be transported to another world where music has the power to change, enhance or completely remove the memory. We follow a youth named Simon as he struggles to find connection and purpose and to remember who he is supposed to be and what he is supposed to do. Is he brave and resolute enough to help take down the all-powerful Order? 

Oct 17, 2015

Magic. Clever. Lyrical.Intriguing. Surreal and Scary. Why didn't it at least make the short list for the Booker Prize? You may well think the answer lies in Edward St Aubyn's ' Lost for Words'.I couldn't possibly comment.


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