Jun 19, 2015

Australia Week: A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

She knew this.

That philematology is the science of kissing.

That Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain.

That, originally, gold comes from the stars.

Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World - a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie's Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello - where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart - until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white - the slim seam of a letter.

Elliot begins to write to Madeleine, the Girl-in-the-World - a most dangerous thing to do for suspected cracks must be reported and closed.

But Elliot's father has disappeared and Madeleine's mother is sick.

Can a stranger from another world help to unravel the mysteries in your own? Can Madeleine and Elliot find the missing pieces of themselves before it is too late?

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

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Madeleine and her mother are living in Cambridge. They ran away from Madeleine's father and are now trying to get used to a new life. They used to live an exciting, rich and flamboyant life, but now they don't have much money, so there's nothing left of those days. Madeleine misses her former self, but fortunately she has two great friends who are making her life a lot better. The same goes for studying. Madeleine loves learning new things and she knows a lot of interesting facts. Will she be able to accept her new life or does she miss the old one so much she takes things for granted?

Elliot is from the Kingdom of Cello. His father has disappeared and he's trying to find him. So far he hasn't had much success. Elliot is a gifted boy, he's good at sports and everybody likes him. He's trying to unravel the mystery of his father's disappearance. In Cello seasons come and go as they please and there are colour attacks. Cello has been closed from the World for centuries, but every now and then a crack appears. Through one of these cracks Elliot is now corresponding with Madeleine. 

Elliot and Madeleine are having a special friendship. They can only communicate via letters and have never seen each other. They are writing about their life and are intentionally and unintentionally helping each other. They are both living without their fathers and even though their worlds are different they also have a lot in common. Contact with someone from the World is strictly forbidden in Cello, but Elliot takes his chances and he keeps writing to Madeleine. Will they be able to stay in touch with each other and what will happen when there are unsolvable problems they have to handle?

A Corner of White is an unusual story about two very different worlds. I loved the descriptions of both Cambridge and Cello. I enjoyed reading both Madeleine's and Elliot's story very much. Jaclyn Moriarty is a great writer and I can only describe this book as beautiful. I loved the way colors are being used for something more than just describing what something looks like. The story is a great combination of facts and fiction. This book is definitely unique in a wonderful way. I enjoyed reading it very much and think it's absolutely fabulous.

2 comments:

  1. I’ve seen this quite a bit around the book blogosphere, especially last year. I can’t wait to get to it–so glad you enjoyed it! Great review :D

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