My study and enjoyment of Cookson's stories continues with "The Wingless Bird". This is set before, during and just after World War 1. One central, main character - Agnes - plus her two brothers. The story peaks and pitches on the conflict between all three classes - lower, middle and upper. It also explores the effects of war, but doesn't dwell on anyone's emotions except Agnes. This is an interesting perspective to write from. The prose used to describe War on page 354 struck a chord, and the Byron quote "Friendship is love without his wings" is a beautiful sentiment to hang the storyline on.
This story is about how war changes people. It's set in World War 2 and interspersed with research as you'd expect, but really about people, love and complicated relationships. Class wars. Lost love. Sorrow and heartache. People changing and upsetting the balance. There are beautifully intricate descriptions of character's actions - not described as happy or sad, but how they act when happy or sad (poise, facial expression). This isn't something I do in my writing, but I would like to learn because it's all about emotion for me and how to convey it in beautiful prose.
This is part mystery, part love story. I admire the way Cookson uses the perfect combination of words to convey the deepest of emotions. Such an art! Location is used effectively in the storyline and obvious research has been done on the ins and outs of the antiques business.
This was my first ever Maeve Binchy and I admit to being a little skeptical. I imagined it would be boringly old fashioned. Firstly, the cover does not do the story justice. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all do it. Such a simple storyline, unraveling gradually. People's lives entwined and interlocking. Characters. Emotions. Real people coming alive on the page. Some cute, tongue-in-cheek moments. I absolutely loved it.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.