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In the Company of Angels: A Novel af Thomas…
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In the Company of Angels: A Novel (original 2004; udgave 2010)

af Thomas E. Kennedy

Serier: Copenhagen Quartet (3)

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Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet's Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse.… (mere)
Medlem:Sivani
Titel:In the Company of Angels: A Novel
Forfattere:Thomas E. Kennedy
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****1/2
Nøgleord:Ingen

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I finished this novel feeling like I'd just read something great, but without that common feeling that I wanted more - what happens next? where's the sequel? I mean this in a very positive way. Kennedy tells a complete story here, even though he introduces four very complex people going through very difficult times. You come out on the other end with a strong sense that these characters have come through something life changing and are now ready to move on to whatever is next.

I'd call this a dark novel only in that it seems to present between its covers nearly the whole range of emotions connected with human relationships, and, let's face it, a lot of it is dark.

Kennedy's prose is fabulous, both in the beauty of the language and its use in drawing the reader into the story. I know some reviewers have commented on the presence of sex and torture, but these are present only as backdrops to help the reader try to comprehend the mind that is being investigated in the foreground. And don't worry, it's far less graphic than most novels you're likely to pickup at the airport bookstore.

When this story is over, you can look back and see ways in which each major character has had an effect, positive, negative, or both, on each other major character, even when they may have never met. Quite a fulfilling read, wonderfully described, and full of powerful insights into individuals and inter-relatedness.

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  Osbaldistone | Aug 7, 2019 |
I won this beautifully and sensitively written book as an ARC from Goodreads. The author did a superb job of weaving together the narratives of the main characters - their stories, as well as the portrait of Denmark have stayed with me for weeks after I finished the book. ( )
  booksandblintzes | Jun 7, 2016 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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  lilyionamackenzie | Jul 25, 2015 |
This was a short touching story. I little predictable for me as a reader, but not bad in the least. Yet another quick pleasure read from Adam Drake. ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Oct 7, 2013 |
Out of the ruined lives of people crippled by evil and misery, Kennedy manages to create a spiritual and uplifting story of hope and redemption.

This is a beautiful tender novel about Nardo, a Chilean victim of the Pinochet torture regime who now lives and is being treated for his emotional scars in Copenhagen. He is a frightened shell of a man – “Never be a man again,” Frog Face had promised him when he was his captive – who cowers in the corner of his room when he hears foot steps on the stair, and is belligerently resistant to his therapist, Dr. Kristensen.

Nardo meets a Danish woman, Michela Ibsen who is divorced from an abusive husband and involved with a man named Voss, 10 years her junior. She is a lost soul, suffering pangs of guilt because she could not save her seventeen-year-old daughter from killing herself five years earlier. And Voss, is an immature, unstable, and violent man whose love for Michela is twisted by his perverted sexual jealousy. Michela’s father and mother are both patients in the same hospital. Her father is dying from colon cancer and remains mean-spirited and bitter to the end, while her mother is blissful and ignorant due to dementia.

How all these people, except Michela’s mother, come to terms with what they believe are their weaknesses is the beautiful story. An elegant and important novel, well written, and filled with compassion tinged with Christianity without dogma that mends hearts and returns dignity to these damaged people. ( )
  Limelite | Dec 9, 2012 |
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Told in brief, gaunt chapters and language that is both bare and emblematic, this is a grave, brave book, both terrible and tender.
 
In its wisdom and empathy, in its understanding of the supreme importance of love, in its portrait of a strong man and its knowledge of the human soul in all its suffering, this is indeed a profound and exceptional work.
tilføjet af lkernagh | RedigerThe Guardian, Joanna Briscoe (Jul 24, 2010)
 
Kennedy doesn't heap on the misery in order (or not only) to create a compelling psycho-melodrama. He is serious about wanting to get at — dig down to — what it is that makes people do unspeakable things.
 
Kennedy (an American living in Denmark) steers the two toward a romance that, once initiated, veers in and out of melodrama, but his portrayal of less operatic relationships is rich.
tilføjet af losseloth | RedigerThe New Yorker (Mar 22, 2010)
 
Kennedy writes clean, evocative prose, and an occasional note of humor leavens this dark novel.
 

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Europe Edition: "Greene's Summer"

With love for
Alice,
Eleventh Muse, singing for all my ears
and always
for Daniel and Isabel.

With profound thanks to
Roger and Brenda Derham and Valerie Shortland
for continuing to believe.

With respect and admiration for the work of
Copenhagen's Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims,
and the
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims:

Those who have endured what I can scarcely begin
to imagine; and for those who will not be indifferent.

US Edition: "In the Company of Angels"
With love for Daniel and Isabel

With respect and admiration for the work of Copenhagen's Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims: for those who have endured what I can scarcely begin to imagine; and for those who will not be indifferent.
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The first time Nardo saw the woman with eyes of blue light, he woke from a dream in which the angels had forsaken him.
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We are alone in the envelope of our bodies—he remembered that sentence somewhere—but there are things that diminish our solitude, that make it possible for us to speak across the chasm between us, to reach across and touch if only for an instant, for instants at a time.
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"In the Company of Angels" is the title of the US Edition of "Greene's Summer". 'Greene's Summer' and 'In the Company of Angels" are the 3rd works in Kennedy's Copenhagen Quartet. Please do not combine any other works with 'In the Company of Angels/Greene's Summer'.
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Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet's Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, herself a survivor of domestic abuse.

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