The Evening Chorus (spoiler free) Book Review

 

“Time doesn’t really soften anything. Memories heave up, you know. Still sharp.”

– Helen Humphreys, The Evening Chorus

 

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The Evening Chorus is a beautifully written book about love, hope and the natural world set in the turbulent times of the Second World War.

It focuses on four main characters: James, POW in a German army camp, Rose, his wife, living alone and slowly forgetting him, Enid, Jame’s sister, who was made homeless by the London bombings and has secrets of her own and Toby, enamoured by Rose.

Their daily lives and experiences are the focus point for this lyrical book, with the War forming a backdrop against themes of time, memory and loneliness as each of the characters struggle to overcome hurdles within their intersecting stories.

Thank you so much Serpent’s Tail for sending me a copy of this book to read and review, I enjoyed reading this immensely!

At only 289 pages, (with wide margins, so it’s actually very fast to read), I practically read this book in one sitting. Helen Humphreys is a talented writer, her prose is evocatively haunting, yet flows so well that you can’t help but become immersed in The Evening Chorus from the start. I’m giving this one a solid 4/5 stars.

Read this if you want a poignant, thought-provoking book!

 

“This is the problem with time…It doesn’t follow its own rules. It stretches or compresses at will. It’s either a lingering house guest or an escape artist.”

– Helen Humphreys, The Evening Chorus

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