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The Centaur's Wife por Amanda Leduc
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The Centaur's Wife (edição 2021)

por Amanda Leduc (Autor)

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Amanda Leduc's brilliant new novel, woven with fairy tales of her own devising and replete with both catastrophe and magic, is a vision of what happens when we ignore the natural world and the darker parts of our own natures. Heather is sleeping peacefully after the birth of her twin daughters when the sound of the world ending jolts her awake. Stumbling outside with her babies and her new husband, Brendan, she finds that their city has been destroyed by falling meteors and that her little family are among only a few who survived. But the mountain that looms over the city is still green--somehow it has been spared the destruction that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Heather is one of the few who know the mountain, a place city-dwellers have always been forbidden to go. Her dad took her up the mountain when she was a child on a misguided quest to heal her legs, damaged at birth. The tragedy that resulted has shaped her life, bringing her both great sorrow and an undying connection to the deep magic of the mountain, made real by the beings she and her dad encountered that day: Estajfan, a centaur born of sorrow and of an ancient, impossible love, and his two siblings, marooned between the magical and the human world. Even as those in the city around her--led by Tasha, a charismatic doctor who fled to the city from the coast with her wife and other refugees--struggle to keep everyone alive, Heather constantly looks to the mountain, drawn by love, by fear, by the desire for rescue. She is torn in two by her awareness of what unleashed the meteor shower and what is coming for the few survivors, once the green and living earth makes a final reckoning of the usefulness of human life and finds it wanting. At times devastating, but ultimately redemptive, Amanda Leduc's fable for our uncertain times reminds us that the most important things in life aren't things at all, but rather the people we want by our side at the end of the world.… (mais)
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Título:The Centaur's Wife
Autores:Amanda Leduc (Autor)
Informação:Random House Canada (2021), 320 pages
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This was an interesting novel, I am still not sure what was happening to the world after the catastrophe, or why Tasha and Heather were having the visions.

Overall, it was an interesting story and I would read more books written by Amanda Leduc in the future. ( )
  Shauna_Morrison | Dec 11, 2022 |
If you're looking for a post-apocalyptic, nature-takes-revenge on humans, with a fantasy overlay novel which represents disability rights, then The Centaur's Wife is your ticket.

Amanda Leduc presents a dark, relentless story in which a group of survivors takes refuge in the remains of a city which sits at the foot of a mystical mountain. And the mountain is in turn the refuge of centaurs.

The story is complex, well-written, certainly interesting. But there were times I felt Leduc was trying too hard, trying to fit too many concepts into one novel. I'm in the minority here, I realize, which is not uncommon in itself. There was the apocalypse itself, which was never really clearly defined, just that there had been some sort of meteor event, or some such. There was the violent rebellion of the plant world which set about devouring and assimilating any remaining humans. There was the racism regarding centaurs. There was the protagonist's disability in the form of a leg which has become malformed. And there was the ancient backstory of a shattered love, and cross-species children become centaurs.

I'm afraid, however, my willingness to suspend disbelief and accept the convoluted world Leduc created ended when the human female protagonist has sex with the centaur male protagonist. Yup. I'm reading this thinking: how does that work? I know: things we shouldn't think about. But I couldn't help it. And right there, in that scene near the denouement, simply ended it for me. Not because of some sense of delicacy, but rather from plausibility. Seriously: how does that work?

Now, I know there are myriad legends about human congress with animals, right from the famous story of the minotaur to Leduc's centaur riding woman. (Forgive the play on words.) But even so....

And in the end, there is much ambiguity, despair, and further darkness, an implacable sort of futility which is well-written, very emotive.

You should probably read The Centaur's Wife and make up your own mind. ( )
  fiverivers | Jan 4, 2022 |
When I say this book is unlike anything I've ever read, I really mean it. A crazy mix of scifi apocalypse and green fantasy, this story combines the two pretty seamlessly. And that's something I can't say I've read before. A meteor shower that takes out the human world as we know it, centaurs that live on a magical safeguarded mountain, and the most effortless mass murdering of characters I've ever read, this book was strangely very stressful and also very calming at the same time to read. Can you say you've read anything like that before?

Check out my full review here!

https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/book-birthday-review-the... ( )
  radioactivebookworm | Feb 16, 2021 |
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Amanda Leduc's brilliant new novel, woven with fairy tales of her own devising and replete with both catastrophe and magic, is a vision of what happens when we ignore the natural world and the darker parts of our own natures. Heather is sleeping peacefully after the birth of her twin daughters when the sound of the world ending jolts her awake. Stumbling outside with her babies and her new husband, Brendan, she finds that their city has been destroyed by falling meteors and that her little family are among only a few who survived. But the mountain that looms over the city is still green--somehow it has been spared the destruction that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Heather is one of the few who know the mountain, a place city-dwellers have always been forbidden to go. Her dad took her up the mountain when she was a child on a misguided quest to heal her legs, damaged at birth. The tragedy that resulted has shaped her life, bringing her both great sorrow and an undying connection to the deep magic of the mountain, made real by the beings she and her dad encountered that day: Estajfan, a centaur born of sorrow and of an ancient, impossible love, and his two siblings, marooned between the magical and the human world. Even as those in the city around her--led by Tasha, a charismatic doctor who fled to the city from the coast with her wife and other refugees--struggle to keep everyone alive, Heather constantly looks to the mountain, drawn by love, by fear, by the desire for rescue. She is torn in two by her awareness of what unleashed the meteor shower and what is coming for the few survivors, once the green and living earth makes a final reckoning of the usefulness of human life and finds it wanting. At times devastating, but ultimately redemptive, Amanda Leduc's fable for our uncertain times reminds us that the most important things in life aren't things at all, but rather the people we want by our side at the end of the world.

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