Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lyrebird- Cecelia Ahern :Book Review

Book : Lyrebird
Author : Cecelia Ahern
Pages : 413 
Publisher : Harper Collins
Rating : 4.5/5 stars

Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.
A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.
When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…

Review Summary

I am a die-hard fan of Ahern since P.S. I love you. Whatever she writes attracts me and I love reading her anywhere, books, social media, etc. She is my romance and contemporary Queen. And she lives up to my expectations in the story of losing innocence and being pushed towards the limelight and a girl's reaction to the drastic change is beautiful, and Laura and Solomon's love story as it grows is even more heartwarming. If you haven't read this book, I have no idea what are you doing in life? A must read book for all book lovers and lovebirds.


My queen holds your attention by her exquisite writing style and beautiful method of narrative in 3rd person. Right from the prologue she successfully weaves a mysterious aura around a strange woman found amidst the woods by a man. The body language of the woman is so cleverly narrated at times you feels it's not a woman but a bird. A Lyrebird indeed.


The title is so justified because Lyrebird is reportedly a talented Australian bird with a talent to mimic other sounds and express itself to anyone. The central character Laura is used as a Metaphor for the Lyrebird as the beautiful lady has an inborn talent to mimic sounds. She has been living isolated from the cacophony of the world when suddenly she is discovered and objectified for a documentary, her success growing with every step. But everything comes at a price.


The cover is so wonderfully designed that my shelves are obliged to contain it. Amidst the dark blue and green of nature and leaves of a forest, a solitary golden feather which is supposedly of the Lyrebird. It is so pleasing to look at and so inviting to begin with. And one little phrase that is an insight to the story : "She will change your life forever."


The story is set in South West of Ireland and Dublin. It begins in Ireland with a beautiful portrayal of the landscape and nature in Ireland which sure makes the reader contemplate about a visit. Laura is pulled from the solace in her home in Ireland and taken to the cacophony in Dublin where she has been almost forced to begin her journey for fame.


All the characters are so close to reality except Laura who indeed is like a fairytale with her talent. The change in Laura with her rise to fame, the growth of Solomon's love towards her and when Solomon says -" I will watch you" I instantly fell in love with the two again. The supporting characters in negative and positive roles are as effective as ever with their own ways to live life.

Verdict - Cecelia Ahern builds a world of wonderful fantasy and realism once again in her amazing book, Lyrebird. You can buy the book here .

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