The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
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William Boyds collection of stories The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth is not easy to review. As it often with such an assembly of very various texts, differing in length and topic, not connected in any way, you cannot pay them all the due respect in a review. The opening is great, I absolutely liked the the story about the art d... William Boyds collection of stories The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth is not easy to review. As it often with such an assembly of very various texts, differing in length and topic, not connected in any way, you cannot pay them all the due respect in a review. The opening is great, I absolutely liked the the story about the art dealer and womanizer Ludo who immediately after having married one is looking for the next wife. The story about the thief did not really appeal to me, it was a mere enumeration without a real story, whereas the story of the freeing of the monkey had some deeper message. The longest and title providing story was the one about Bethany Mellmoth. Actually, I think it would have also made a good novel if extended a bit. Bethany is an interesting character and I think her make-up could have provided more to fill the pages of a whole book. In the last story, we even get a kind of short thriller which I also liked a lot. You sense that there is something odd about the woman and job for Dunbar, but it is hard to say what is wrong about it. William Boyd knows how to tell a story and he definitely is best in longer narrations such as the one about Bethanys dreams. One reoccurring topic in several stories is love, or rather: unfulfilled love. The characters are looking for the one person with whom they can spend the rest of their life, but they only encounter the ones who do not really match or who have mischievous plans. Or they themselves are actually unable to love and to be faithful. Loneliness can be found in many of them which gives the whole collection a kind of underlying melancholy. All in all, there is something in every single story and a lot of wit in Boyds writing make reading the stories a great pleasure. In the narration of Bethanys dreams he somehow sums at a point what life and the core of his stories are about, what he not only tries but masterly manages to portray: Bethany is suspicious this is not normal: everything seems to be going well and this is not how the world works no. Life is a dysfunctioning system, she knows: failure, breakdown, disappointment, frustration where are you hiding?
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
CD Standard Audio Format, Lesung. Ungekürzte Ausgabe
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth written and read by William Boyd.
A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a 24-year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery.
The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface; the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life; and the endless hesitations and loss-of-nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.
He has probably written more classic books than any of his contemporaries Daily Telegraph
William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. His first novel,
A Good Man in Africa (1981), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other bestselling novels include
Any Human Heart, Restless and
Sweet Caress. He is married and divides his time between London and south-west France.