[Reading] ➿ A Brightness Long Ago ➶ Guy Gavriel Kay – Justinfoline.us

A Brightness Long AgoKINDLE X A Brightness Long Ago Author Guy Gavriel Kay Escortkibrisve From The Internationally Bestselling Author Of Tigana And The Lions Of Al Rassan Comes A Masterful New Novel Set In A Vivid World Evoking Early Renaissance Italy And Offering An Extraordinary Cast Of Characters Whose Lives Come Together Through Destiny, Love, And AmbitionIn A Chamber Overlooking The Nighttime Waterways Of A Maritime City, A Man Recalls His Youth And The People Who Shaped His Life Danio Cerra S Intelligence Won Him Entry To A Renowned School Even Though He Was Only The Son Of A Tailor He Took Service At The Court Of A Count And Soon Learned Why That Man Was Known As The BeastDanio S Fate Changed The Moment He Recognized Adria Ripoli As She Entered The Beast S Chambers One Autumn Night, Intending To Kill Born To Power, Adria Had Chosen, Instead Of A Life Of Comfort, One Of Danger And Freedom Which Is How She Encounters Danio In A Perilous Time And PlaceUnforgettable Figures Share The Unfolding Story Among Them A Healer Determined To Defy Her Expected Lot A Charming, Frivolous Son Of Immense Wealth A Powerful Religious Leader Decadent Than Devout And, Affecting All These Lives And Many , Two Larger Than Life Mercenary Commanders, Lifelong Adversaries, Whose Rivalry Puts A World In The BalanceA Brightness Long Ago Offers Both Compelling Drama And Deeply Moving Reflections On The Nature Of Memory, The Choices We Make In Life, And The Role Played By The Turning Of Fortune S Wheel

[Reading] ➿ A Brightness Long Ago ➶ Guy Gavriel Kay – Justinfoline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • A Brightness Long Ago
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • English
  • 20 July 2017
  • 9780670068708

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➿ A Brightness Long Ago ➶ Guy Gavriel Kay – Justinfoline.us


  1. says:

    This will be longer than my usual review because I have a lot to say And I will attempt not to do spoilers.First of all, this book comes out in May I received a free advance copy I don t think that affects my review I virtually know Guy Gavriel Kay and hope to someday play cribbage with him.So, to start with, in the intro in the ARC, Kay observes that our brightest and most lasting memories are usually from our late teens and early twenties Which sent me to research that right away If you know my books, you know I have a fascination with memory, and with information stored in our brains and yes, in our blood So the articles on memory that I read supported what Kay said, and I plunged enthusiastically into the story.Fantasy is a genre that is a huge umbrella In my opinion, fantasy is the umbrella that covers all fiction In this case, this fantasy is set in a world somewhat like Italy, with characters somewhat like historical persons in a time rather like the Renaissance If you love those times, it will add to your enjoyment of the book If you knowledge of that place and time is limited or non ex...


  2. says:

    It felt unsettlingly disorienting to turn the last page of this book and be back in the noisy, bustling world I struggled from the webbing of the story, and a deep melancholy that would not lift for many days begun to settle around me Each word I tried to put down was one word further from what I meant to say There was, in me, such a simmer of emotions and I was tempted to read the book again, to go back and relive those moments, open them up and stretch them out full length to see what it was that had left this story so indelible upon my psyche Some people mark you as they go by A Brightness Long Ago is the tale of those who will not be arrayed in glory, whose images will not be painted on the walls of great houses, and whose names will not be enshrined in history Those who will not be extoled for what they ve done, nor will they be cursed either, because no one will remember their courage, or their tenacity, or their humility, and the last vestiges of their lives will simply be swept from the floor with the dust and the lint.Guidanio Cerra, the only son of a tailor, is such a person, and A Brightness Long Ago is the tale of his youth and the few things still snarling in the rapidly fraying cobweb of his memory.Danio s life would have been replaced by a tyranny of indis...


  3. says:

    Extraordinarily profound, complex, lyrical and moving storytelling that deserves far than the five stars I am able to award it I have never read Guy Gavriel Kay before, so this was my first read, a historical fantasy, where the term fantasy is misleading because it is deployed to throw the most brightest and insightful of spotlights on the complexity of history and the chaotic reality of the contemporary world we live in It mulls over the nature of power and memory, of how the future is shaped and turned by choices and decisions by repercussions that are unforseen, where the tiniest and the most apparently insignificant and minor person, and their interactions, play their part The author gives us a multilayered story of what at first appear to be a disparate set of characters and their lives that emerge to give us shifting perspectives with an interlinked and overlapping web of connections, in this story of love, ambition, the rise and fall of influential characters, human impulses and fate.This is set in Batiara, a version of Italy in the early Renaissance, evoked through a richly textured, subtle and delicate world building The novel opens on a explosive note, Danio Cerra is now an old man, reflecting on his memories of his earlier youth in the most turbulent of times Danio was a tailor s son whose intelligence secured him entry to a school of privilege and mixing in circles that would ordinarily be out of reach for those of his social status, and which is to place him in...


  4. says:

    On sale May 7, 2019 This is really an excellent historical novel, with light fantasy elements If you haven t read one of GGK s recent novels, you owe it to yourself to give him a try Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Guy Gavriel Kay writes magical books Not magic in the sense of mighty wizards and spellcasting with unicorn hair wands and cauldrons bubbling with potions best not tasted The magic in Kay s novels is a elusive thing He takes a plot and cast of characters, ones that would be interesting enough even in the hands of lesser authors, and turns them into something extraordinary through his lyrical and profoundly thoughtful storytelling, his insights into human character and motivations, and his musings on life and its meaning.We like to believe, or pretend, we know what we are doing in our lives It can be a lie Winds blow, waves carry us, rain drenches a man caught in the open at night, lightning shatters the sky and sometimes his heart, thunder crashes into him bringing the awareness he will die.We stand up, as best we can under that We move forward as best we can, hoping for light, kindness, mercy, for ourselves and those we lo...


  5. says:

    This is my first time reading Guy Gavriel Kay I learned a little about GGK, when I was in Canada The employees at Pages book store in Calgary all raved about his books Kay was speaking at the new Public Library in Calgary a night I missed due to being sick which I later learned was a sold out event anyway but I purchased this book taking a chance basically not knowing what the heck I was about to read other than the inspiring encouragement from Mike smiling face Mike , and reviews from Paromjit and Tadiana I honestly have NEVER read a book like thisand I ll never do justice in this review NEVERbut wow.this book hard to pigeonhole and contextualize all that it is.grabbed me by my shirt excited and horrified me at the same time I was so not confident of what I was reading I had to read parts of the beginning twice to make sure I wasn t making shit up myself I wasn t But shit was happening fast Not a moment wasted.I lost hours of sleep transported in this fantasy world Batiara Renaissance Italy , with ongoing turbulence uproar.My friend Angela says. sometimes books are all about the writing..Well.the writing of this epic fantasy historical fiction is gorgeous Much to reflect on and be in aw.This book is adventurous emotional on every human level reflective powerful tragic political violent romantic with many ch...


  6. says:

    I received this book electronically via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and at Novel Notions I knew, once, a woman diamond bright and two men I will not forget I played a part in a story in a fierce, wild, windblown time I do have that I always will I am here and it is mine, for as near to always as we are allowed This is only the second book I ve read from Guy Gavriel Kay, but I feel secure in stating that I ve never come across another author who has his way with words There s something about his prose that is both breathtakingly lovely and oddly jarring In A Brightness Long Ago, Kay paints with his words, writing something that is lush and poignant and real enough to touch This novel is somewhere between historical fiction and low fantasy, and Kay straddles that divide with great finesse Perhaps it is true of every life, that times from our youth remain with us, even when the people are gone, even if many, many events have played out between where we are and what we are remembering Danio is one of the lucky youths who, despite low birth, are chosen to attend a school with noble children Because of this education and ...


  7. says:

    My first experience of fantasy historical fiction Though arguably you could say all historical fiction is fantasy The author states this book was inspired by his reading about the feud between the Montefeltro and Malatesta families in fifteenth century Italy And this is the world he recreates which he achieves in an authentic though superficial way Thus Rimini becomes Remigio, Florence becomes Firenta, Venice Seressa and so on There s a very good depiction of Siena s Palio This novel has a slick accomplished surface and is a fun read but one of my criteria for rating books is the level of anticipation I feel during the day for snuggling up with the books I m reading and I can t say I was ever impatient to rejoin the adventures of Danio Cerra Probably because it s a book bereft o...


  8. says:

    A BRIGHTNESS LONG AGO is, like all of Kay s work, exquisitely crafted and deeply moving By turns beautiful and bittersweet, it tells the story of small people caught in the current of world shattering events, and of the ripples they make that are sometimes but not always lost in the flow of history His most compelling characters are those found lingering near the frame of a famous portrait, or rendered, almost as an afterthought, in glass and ...


  9. says:

    To be honest, I had a lot of trouble slipping away into the world of this one It took far far longer for the usual Kay incantation to take effect, mostly because it took far, far longer for him to start chanting it As he s grown older, Kay has developed an insistence on showing the teller s hand that I don t particularly care for or agree with He wants us to be aware of him there, all the time, and gets insistent on it as time goes by he s gone beyond insisting on the importance of the individual humanity and everyday reality of the great heroes and legends he s retelling Now, while that is still there, it isn t enough for him He seems to be desperately intent on focusing our attention on the chanciness of fate and the choices of storytelling.That was always an element of his books and a powerful one when well deployed in some of them Arbonne and Tigana both come to mind but he s obsessed with it now, and frankly it s getting in the way It s boring, repetitive and unimpressive This sort of thing made the latter part of Under Heaven and most of River of Stars pretty unreadable for me He pulled way back in the last one, but now we re back on this ho...


  10. says:

    Guy Gavriel Kay s new book is set twenty five years before his previous Instead of a sprawling epic, the story paints three interrelated setpieces, each with a leisurely beginning, building to white knuckled tension.At the center is the hatred of two formidable mercenary captains, Folco Cino d Acorsi and Teobaldo Monticola, based on two colorful Renaissance figures Running tangentially is the story of Adria Ripoli, whose tale intersects with the occasional first person reminiscence of Guidanio Cerra, a young man venturing into the fraught world after years of first rate education.Guidanio s tone is elegiac, and many are his reflections on the merciless flow of time, of the violence of his time, contrasting with the universal appreciation worship, even of art It s a deeply engaging story, sharply painful at moments, filled with beauty and violence as is much writing about the Renaissance The three set pieces are all set against the incipient fall of Sarantium Constantinople There s little magic When the supernatural enters the story, it s quite effective, imbuing those scenes with the shimmer of the numinous a contrast to the many scenes of deliberate violence.At first I thought this book was a frame tale, especially as it becomes clear that Guidanio is...

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