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A Song for Ella Grey

by David Almond

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A very literal retelling of Orpheus, and I'm just not that interested in lyres.

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
It was the song of everything, all life, all love, all creation. It was his song for my friend Ella Grey.

Comencé a leer este libro sabiendo que era un retelling del mito de Orfeo y Eurídice, pero realmente no sabía nada del mito Orfeo y Eurídice, y creo que fue particularmente por eso que encontré esta historia tan... bizarra. No se me ocurre otra palabra para describirla.

La mitología no se caracteriza por ser super realista, todo lo contrario, lo sé. Pero no estaba preparada para esto y, sobre todo, no estaba preparada para ese final. Que al protagonista lo mate una horda de mujeres "feministas" porque al parecer Orfeo se vuelve gay luego de la muerte Ella. No solo que lo maten si no que lo despedacen con hachas y cuchillos, y dispersen sus restos por la playa, para que se lo coman los peces y las aves y los perros. Todo eso mientras una de sus amigas veía.(?) NO ME ESPERABA ESO.



Esta escrita de una manera hermosa, poética. Con frases como:

"Follow me, one word then another, one sentence then another, one death then another. Don't hesitate. Keep moving forward with me through the night. It won't take long. Don't look back."

...y...

"How can you turn yourself into something you want to be when you're alredy what you are?" (Esta me puso a pensar)

Que no es un tipo de escritura para todo el mundo, pero que a mi me encanta. Pero también está llena de slang inglés que rompia la armonia de todo y me sacaba de quicio. Palabras como “nowt”, “mebbe” y “nae”, no deberian ser permitidas por los editores.

Y es que este es el libro de las contradicciones.

Es una historia de amor... pero no realmente. Al menos no en el sentido convencional. Es una historia del amor entre entre Orfeo y Ella, contada por Claire, la mejor amiga de la protagonista. Nunca había leído una historia de amor que no fuese contada desde el punto de vista de alguno de los involucrados, o en tercera persona, así que me resultó un poco extraño, porque no nos enteramos de lo que sienten o piensan los protagonistas, sino de lo que Claire cree que sienten o piensan.

Es una historia acerca de lo que significa ser joven, cuando te sientes salvaje, libre e invencible, pero también te sientes insatisfecho, vacío e incapaz. Te presenta a personajes adolescentes que beben, tienen sexo y actúan de manera descontrolada un minuto, y al minuto siguiente están discutiendo el significado de la vida, la belleza del mundo.

Es una historia acerca de lo que significa encontrarte a ti mismo, y acerca de lo que significa perderte. Es una historia acerca de la vida y también acerca de la muerte. Es una historia que me encantó, pero que no estoy segura de que realmente me guste. Si es que eso tiene sentido. Si es que algo tiene sentido. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
/Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review/

A modern retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, “A Song for Ella Grey” does a decent job of presenting the myth to a young adult audience in a contemporary setting. However, Almond takes a gigantic risk in utilizing a strong north English dialect for the characters’ speech; a risk that ultimately fails as it the effect quickly tires for non north English readers.

The beginning part of the book is by far the strongest point. Almond hooks readers in immediately, informing us that there will be two deaths. He then gives us the fulcrum of the novella, one of the confirmed dead running away with a boy she’s never met in person before. With those two tidbits provided, the focus then switches back to the beginning as he has the narrator, Claire, begin to unwind the events that led to the demise of Ella.

Were this a simple, straightforward contemporary retelling, “A Song for Ella Grey” may have been fantastic, and would definitely have received more than the two star rating I’m giving it. Even with the dialect writing, the story of Ella and Orpheus was done well. Unfortunately, Almond splices through the myth with large sections of existentialist ramblings that detract from the main theme, the main story, and only work at boring the reader. I’m all for existential crises, but I don’t want to reread the same issues of self awareness every few pages when I am supposed to be reading a simple retelling. Especially when the two halves of the book, the myth and the existentialism, never seem to connect or even highlight one another. I was incredibly tempted to give “A Song for Ella Grey” a one star rating, but my love for the myth bumped it up to two. I also do think that there are some that would enjoy the novella, but mostly that would be a small niche audience of fifteen year olds in North England.

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  heylu | Mar 4, 2016 |
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