Thursday, 21 February 2013

Here at the end of the world we learn to dance - Lloyd Jones

It is possible for you to fall in love in the course of one dance. 

Here at the end of the world we learn to dance
Starting and finishing in New Zealand, this novel will take you to Argentina for a while, with a short visit to Syndey, Australia.  In NZ, a young woman falls in love with a middle aged piano tuner, who despite being born in Bournemouth, has a German name (Shmidt), and the first World War is underway in Europe.  It will not be long before people want revenge, and so she takes him to a place of safety, along with two young Quakers who will not join up.  When he leaves, she is bereft, and when some years later she receives a letter from him, it starts a chain of events and meetings with people linked by that stay in the cave that will have extraordinary results.  
It is, in essence, the result of what the tango ("the tango is man and woman in search of each other.  It is a search for an embrace, a way to be together.") can do to draw people together.  Warning!  This book may make you want to learn to tango.........