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The Vanishing Hours

And will take them to a place neither of them – or you – expectedFrom the bestselling author of FIVE RIVERS MET ON A WOODED PLAIN comes this captivating novel about love abandonment and the power of stories to help us find meaning in a confusing world – a world that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm us but one that is rich with possibility and always full of wonder. Disappointing I d expected from the reviews The portrayal of two people in late middle age particularly the woman was unconvincing and patronizing The time shifts started well but petered out I did like some of the insightful ways Norris describes life and love especially his comment on the frantic nature of our twenty something lives

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' Shot through with compassion this dreamlike winding tale is a joy' A L KENNEDY 'Moving and unconventionally wise' Guardian This was how I heard the most important story of my life the thing that decided me the story that determined who I was in the endAt a hotel bar in a uiet English town two strangers meet by chance and share their stories Hers is of an inconspicuous li. Some people flit around the world at speed collecting t shirts and ticking off bucket list destinations Others have such vivid imaginations and observe so minutely that standing still allows their minds to soak up experience and perceptions in a way the rest of us will never achieve I ran the hot tap till it stung the back of my hand then put the plug in and sueezed a bit of Fairy into the sink I scrubbed the plate and the knife and the cup with the washing up brush then rinsed them under the tap that was still running and put them on the drainer Then I picked up a tea towel and dried each object and put them back in their rightful places in the correct drawers and cupboards The everyday put under the microscope and studied in minute detail with the attention of the obsessiveBarney Norris has one of those hyper aware minds that is a precious bane To be allowed into his thoughts is like spending time in a washing machine Although a short novel The Vanishing Hours exhausted me but left me unable to sleepThis is a story of two journeys both very different but precipitated by the same moment in timeWhether the main characters take real or imagined journeys is irrelevant What is important is the insight into the suffering experienced by both The Vanishing Hours is uniue beautiful extraordinary and exhausting as I suspect is the mind of its author But what a mind I can t wait to see what this flawed genius writes next Faded Glory endAt a hotel bar in a uiet English town two strangers meet by chance and share their stories Hers is of an inconspicuous li. Some people flit around the world at speed collecting t shirts and ticking off bucket list destinations Others have such vivid imaginations and observe so minutely that standing still allows their minds to soak up the-perfect-puppy-take-britain-s-number-one-puppy-care-book-with-you experience and perceptions in a way the rest of us will never achieve I ran the hot tap till it stung the back of my hand then put the plug in and sueezed a bit of Fairy into the sink I scrubbed the plate and the knife and the cup with the washing up brush then rinsed them under the tap that was still running and put them on the drainer Then I picked up a tea towel and dried les-profs-tome-1-interro-surprise each object and put them back in their rightful places in the correct drawers and cupboards The quot-the-dog-of-my-nightmares-stories-read-by-texas-columnist-dave-lieber-quot everyday put under the microscope and studied in minute detail with the attention of the obsessiveBarney Norris has one of those hyper aware minds that is a precious bane To be allowed into his thoughts is like spending time in a washing machine Although a short novel The Vanishing Hours andy-catlett-early-travels-a-novel exhausted me but left me unable to sleepThis is a story of two journeys both very different but precipitated by the same moment in timeWhether the main characters take real or imagined journeys is irrelevant What is important is the insight into the suffering capricorne-tome-3-deliah experienced by both The Vanishing Hours is uniue beautiful the-fifth-risk-ebook-michael-lewis-amazon-fr-amazon-media-eu-s--r-l extraordinary and how-science-works-the-facts-visually-explained-how-things-work exhausting as I suspect is the mind of its author But what a mind I can t wait to see what this flawed genius writes next

Barney Norris À 2 Free read

Fe shaken by heartbreak and scattered with unfulfilled dreams His is a dizzying tale of an unending uest for someone he lost in his youthFrom the blustery cliffs of Dover to the confines of a dark prison cell; from the courtroom witness box to the West End stage we join him as he slips through timeExtraordinary though his story is what she has to reveal is even surprising. I slipped across the world through time until a sense of vertigo overwhelmed me until I could hardly engage with anything You can t imagine how many lives I ve lived how many different worlds I ve woken to Barney Norris third novel continues the impressive body of work from this relatively young author It is uiet reflective piece of writing which leaves the reader never uite sure exactly what just happenedA woman walks into a hotel bar after a hospital appointment As a child her father walked out and left her mother to bring up her daughter alone As a woman her own husband walked out on her Now alone she reflects back on her life In the bar she meets a man who starts to tell her his astonishing life story It is a story of different selves different worlds he claims that at any given point he has been transported into another body another time as though every door is a portal His story is one of loss a uest for the woman he walked out on after a marital argument a woman he has been unable to return to as a result of his extraordinary life Somehow these two lost people are connectedNorris reminds me of a slightly younger Jon McGregor with his lyrical sentences his attention to nature and our surrounding world and with his meditations on loss and love This is the work of a fine writer one who is developing into a great writer It is a book to make you stop and consider your own lives the chances that we let slip the regrets we have Definitely recommended 4 stars


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing Hours

  1. says:

    A wonderful deep and deeply human book A story of love and loss in all its forms of fear and regret and recovery and reconciliation Barney Norris writes a tap root to the heart of us all Magic

  2. says:

    Some people flit around the world at speed collecting t shirts and ticking off bucket list destinations Others have such vivid imaginations an

  3. says:

    Great writing drew me in; there's an economy of words which is brilliant At first I wondered if it was going to be just about two sad people

  4. says:

    “I picked up my glass and stood and walked over to where the man was sitting This was how I heard the most important story of my life the thing that decided me the story that determined who I was in the end” Beautifully written Perfect for

  5. says:

    'I slipped across the world through time until a sense of vertigo overwhelmed me until I could hardly engage with

  6. says:

    I wasn’t uite sure about this short novel as initially the tone and narrative was a familiar one of loss and coping But in the second section we get to hear multiple snippets of narrative with no conclusions as a man in a bar relates his uantum Leap life and I felt it was going on too long with no end in sight The final section brings the two together with a wonderful conclusion however that is profound and life affirming

  7. says:

    An unusual book which starts with the life of a woman whose husband walked out on her years ago her father also left his mother This woman meets a man in a bar and he begins to tell her about his life and his story of walkin

  8. says:

    Disappointing I'd expected from the reviews The portrayal of two people in late middle age particularly the woman was unconvincing and patronizing The time shifts started well but petered out I did like some of the insightful ways Norris descr

  9. says:

    DNF at only 39 pages Just couldn’t get into it Guess I just didn’t like the style of writing Seemed like lots of words and very long sentences that weren’t really telling much of a story Disappointed

  10. says:

    How we can behave unforgiveably when we're young to be forgiven when older How we see our own lives through the

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