Anna Smaill The Chimes

ISBN 13: 9781681445342

The Chimes

3.39 avg rating
( 2,032 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781681445342: The Chimes

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Anna Smaill is a classically trained violinist and published poet. Born in Auckland in 1979, she holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters (Wellington), an MA in English Literature from the University of Auckland and a PhD in contemporary American poetry from University College London. She is the author of one book of poetry, The Violinist in Spring, and her poems have been published and anthologized in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has lived and worked in both Tokyo and London, and now lives in New Zealand with her husband, novelist Carl Shuker, and their daughter.

Review:

"A highly original dystopian masterpiece, an intricately imagined, exquisitely invoked world in which music instills order and ravages individuality . . . Smaill is a poet and a classically trained violinist, and both these skills shine in this lyrical novel steeped in the language of music . . . clearly marking her as an exciting new writer to watch."
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March


"something strikingly new"―Lit Hub

"Smaill's clever use of musical terms in her characters' speech adds to the immersive quality of the work, and her melodious prose lures the reader like a pied piper. With literary trappings but a solidly speculative heart, The Chimes is a cantata of pure delight."―Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

"Smaill is a classically trained musician - a violinist, to be precise - and it shows on every page of The Chimes. Not only does music saturate the book's setting, it fills its themes and prose . . . For all the poetry and lyricism, The Chimes is a solid, suspenseful adventure story at heart, complete with a quest, a prophecy, and a simmering, deeply moving romance . . . lucid yet dreamlike writing pulls it through. Not to mention her deft, tender characterization . . . [and] profound ideas and images echoing throughout."
NPR Books


"To call The Chimes striking is, I dare say, to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade."
Tor.com

"Cleverly orchestrated and poignantly conveyed throughout."―The Guardian

"One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout . . . Fans of the eloquence and imagery of Jeff VanderMeer's 'Southern Reach' trilogy and the spare desolation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road will adore this original work."
Megan McArdle, Library Journal (Starred Review, Debut of the Month)


"A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story . . . Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
Kirkus Reviews


"The Chimes is a remarkable debut. It's inventive, beautifully written, and completely absorbing. I highly recommend it."
Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds


"Atmospheric, intensely-imagined strangeness."―Daily Mail

"One of the top literary novels of the year. Set in a world where music has replaced the written word it's a lyrical, entrancing story which ramps up to a fast-paced finale."
Elle (UK)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Smaill, Anna
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KB-9781681445342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Smaill, Anna
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Quantity Available: 12
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781681445342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Anna Smaill
Published by Quercus Books, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus Books, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781681445342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Anna Smaill
Published by Quercus Books, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus Books, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781681445342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Smaill, Anna
Published by Quercus Books 5/3/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus Books 5/3/2016, 2016. Hardback or Cased Book. Book Condition: New. The Chimes. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9781681445342

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Smaill, Anna
Published by Quercus (2016)
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 1681445344

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Anna Smaill
Published by Quercus (2016)
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1681445344

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Smaill, Anna
Published by Quercus
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1681445344. Bookseller Inventory # Z1681445344ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Smaill, Anna
Published by Quercus
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1681445344. Bookseller Inventory # Z1681445344ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Smaill, Anna
Published by Quercus
ISBN 10: 1681445344 ISBN 13: 9781681445342
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Quercus. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1681445344. Bookseller Inventory # Z1681445344ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book