- Published: 04/04/2013
- ISBN: 9781847085009
- 224 pages
Melisande! What Are Dreams?
An inspiring novel; a philosophical love story; a moving ode to a woman, as joyful and celebratory as it is elegiac. The narrator is a man in his forties, a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy known as Hoo. He has been given the nickname by Mellie, the woman he addresses in this book while exploring his memories of their years together and apart. The two of them have known each other since high school in New York in the 1950s – and perhaps, Hoo thinks, much longer than that. Only as the novel unfolds do his reasons for writing to her, and the full nature of their relationship, become clear.
An outstanding novel... a meditation about the nature of love and the power of old wishes and dreams... wry, intelligent and elegiac
Kate Saunders, The Times
Lovely, erudite, romantic and careful. The vagabond, the scholar and the woman are echoing and reflecting in my mind still, poetic, subtle and passionate about the things that have always mattered. This is a long drink of cool water to anyone who likes an intelligent novel
Louisa Young, author, My Dear I Wanted To Tell You
Pitch perfect - filled with quiet wisdom, and laced with nostalgia yet never cloying