The Blackbird's Song
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.51" x 8.50"
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2005
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical
FIC037000 FICTION / Political
Shortlisted, 1988 Books in Canada First Novel Award
“What stays with the reader is the evocative beauty of Holdstock’s prose, her skill at detailing gesture, mood and perception, her gift for creating characters whose relationships are dramatic rather than static.”
— Books in Canada
“Brilliant … examines questions of faith, meaning and power; her investigation of these issues is profound and beautifully paced, so that despite the intensity of the subject, the momentum of the narratve never falters, the evocation of place and time having an almost cinematic immediacy.”
— The Times
It is June 1900. The Boxer slogan, “Exterminate the Foreigner”, haunts Emily, William and Martha as they flee for their lives, victims already of their own private obsessions, their faith shaken when they need it most, with only one another to count on for survival.
Holdstock’s skillful and intriguing use of flashbacks and shifting focus, and her extraordinary evocation of character and atmosphere, provide the reader with an inspired insight into what differentiates the East from the West.