Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Astonishing Splashes of Colour Taking its title from a description of Peter Pan s Neverland Astonishing Splashes of Colour follows the life of Kitty a woman who in a sense has never grown up As her moods swing dramatically from
  • Title: Astonishing Splashes of Colour
  • Author: Clare Morrall
  • ISBN: 9780060734466
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Astonishing Splashes of Colour
    Taking its title from a description of Peter Pan s Neverland, Astonishing Splashes of Colour follows the life of Kitty, a woman who, in a sense, has never grown up As her moods swing dramatically from high to low, they are illuminated by an unusual ability to interpret people and emotions through colour.Kitty struggles to come to terms with her life, including the loss ofTaking its title from a description of Peter Pan s Neverland, Astonishing Splashes of Colour follows the life of Kitty, a woman who, in a sense, has never grown up As her moods swing dramatically from high to low, they are illuminated by an unusual ability to interpret people and emotions through colour.Kitty struggles to come to terms with her life, including the loss of her mother, a miscarriage, and an unconventional marriage to her husband, who lives in the apartment next door And when her father and brothers reveal a family secret long hidden, it overwhelms Kitty s tenuous hold on reality and propels her on an impetuous journey to the brink of madness.This P.S edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and .
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  • Clare Morrall

    Clare Morrall born 1952 is an English novelist Born in Exeter, she has lived mainly in Birmingham, where she worked for many years as a music teacher.

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  • What an amazing book I ve read some reviews where readers have said they were disappointed I think this comes from the blurb giving the impression that this is a story about synaesthesia However, this is only one small part of Kitty, the narrator of this story of a dysfunctional family At heart this is a story of a woman, brought up in an all male household, no mother on the scene and who, after the loss of a child, suffers with depression When family secrets are revealed, dropped on Kitty like [...]


  • This is a strange and fascinating novel Kitty, who narrates the novel, is a woman in her thirties who feels lost in various ways she knows that when she was a young child, her mother was killed in a car crash and her older sister ran away from home, but she cannot remember either of them She had a baby of her own who died, and she is haunted by this She feels lost in a sort of Never Never Land the novel s title is a quotation from Peter Pan and reality and fantasy get merged in her mind, which c [...]


  • ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR was a compelling but depressing novel Kitty comes across as quite unhinged for much of the story, so accompanying her through this journey is both frustrating and excruciating at the best of times.She has an odd relationship with her husband James To be honest, she has an odd relationship with nearly everyone in this book, especially young Megan Further, the revelation re Dinah was not a revelation whatsoever you could see it coming a mile away.


  • Splashy, yes Astonishing No I imagine a lot of people figured out early on in this book what the surprises would be I d like to think the plot was constructed as a stage for synaethesia, but even that seems hardly fleshed out Unfortunately my sympathy for the character, Kitty, didn t go very far, despite what are admittedly some pretty big troubles Aside from her, the other characters seemed underdeveloped They came with labels the husband is sanity in a can, the oldest brother the successful au [...]


  • I tried I really, really tried to finish this book, but I just couldn t I always feel terrible for not finishing a book, but with this one, I also feel strangely relieved.What made this book interesting to me was for one the title and then the concept being raised as the youngest of a number of siblings, almost all brothers, never knowing her mother, Kitty tries to find out about the history of her family and especially her mother If the author had spent time on the supporting characters instea [...]


  • Review published in the New Zealand Herald, November 2003Astonishing Splashes of ColourClare Morrall Tindal Street Press, 29.95 Reviewed by Philippa JamiesonAstonshing Splashes of Colour was shortlisted for this year s Man Booker prize, and is certainly a well crafted first novel and a good read The prosaic style belies its subtlety and depth, and the author captures the ephemeral in solid form, translating universal themes of loss and family relationships into a poignant story.The novel begins [...]


  • I read the book because of title and I enjoyed the few moments here and there when Clare Morrall played up her book s connection to Peter Pan but for the most part Astonishing Splashes of Colour left me bored Kitty for a variety of reasons is a thirty something adult who refuses to grow up It s not that she s young at heart or playful, she doesn t want to face the harsh reality that life can sometimes throw at a person.Of course, there must be reasons for Kitty s withdrawal from the real world b [...]


  • This is a very nice book Very nice Not amazing, but nice I didn t like the first chapter, I thought it was going to be another of those jolly worthwhile books with a childlike tone, written from the perspective of someone suffering mental illness This is fine, but I feel like I ve been there and done that and didn t really want to do again That s probably very ignorant of me, but it s how I felt as I initially read about Kitty, the book s narrator, waiting outside the school to pick up a non exi [...]


  • I absolutely ADORED this book The story of a young woman struggling to define heridentity among highly unusual circumstances Beautifully written, a storythat draws you in completely, wonderfully crafted three dimensionalcharacters, settings that live and breathe all on their own Virtuallyflawless.A favourite passage one of many Most couples I know blend and merge whenthey marry, take each other s colours and become stronger.James and Idon t seem to have worked out how to do that permanently, so [...]


  • A bit depressing I have a lot of pity for the main character, Kitty The first one third of the book is a bit slow, it s only telling Kitty go about her day, in fact, I can t understand her main purpose until then I m also really surprised and saddened that Martin has to die I ve grown quite fond of him.


  • This is the story of Kitty, a woman with a peculiar family history who has suffered a personal tragedy resulting in the loss of her unborn child and the loss of her ability to have children This experience has knocked Kitty a little off her rocker, and we follow her through a series of interactions that cause her to unravel further.I really wanted to like this novel because of its title As the first few pages indicate, Astonishing splashes of colour is a quote from Peter Pan, which evokes an ima [...]


  • I could not warm to this Not helped by first person present As for the supposed synesthesia, the author is not synesthetic and doesn t get it at all chucking colour related adjectives around does not give anything like a sense of synesthesia As for making Kitty hyper aware of nuances of feeling, emotion, colour and then having her report being unable to picture her brothers as individuals when she was younger they appeared in memory as a generic brother , you can t have it both ways either someo [...]


  • An emotionally engaging, worrying, beautiful, tragic, wonderful and upsetting book In the beginning, I kept thinking how amazing it is that the main character, Kitty, is functioning at all What a tragic childhood, what a dysfunctional family, what a terrible thing she went through as an adult And then it just goes from very bad to a whole lot worse As a reader, you know it s all going terribly wrong, but it s still oddly mesmerising Poor Kitty, she s been lied to all her life, she didn t know th [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book, just I didn t like the end It changed too fast from deeply and colorfully portrayed psychological world to high speed action book While Kitty sucked me like a black hole into her Peter Pan childish and confused perspective while trying to figure out why she was seeing everything in colours and discovering about her silent brothers and too distracted father, non existing mother and sister, and then slowly evolving into her own husband and child story I thought, yes, I [...]


  • I finished this book about a week ago When I began it, I loved it It seemed to hold a lot of promise and mystery, and it did indeed hold my attention throughout The main character is a little unbalanced, but not so much so that you can t relate to her and like her The cause of the loss of balance is gradually revealed, but even gradually revealed is the underlying cause deception I can t say without having to declare this a spoiler The book is very well written, but I must say that the end, th [...]


  • This is a meandering, slow paced account of a woman and all her emotions concerning her family, her lost baby and everything she experiences right down to how coffee swirls in the cup, how light falls across a room the writing is so busy being poetic that the story is put on hold and all sympathy with the main character Kitty, is by passed.I see it was short listed for the Booker and perhaps many other people would enjoy it but it is excruciatingly slow and describes endless details that are sim [...]


  • Focuses on a motherless child childless mother from a big but emotionally distant family References to Peter Pan make a rather crass analogy She is also a synaesthete though oddly that thread fizzles out as the plot becomes interesting , and has very little social self awareness of the consequences of her actions on others You never really understand any of the characters and especially not why James loves her Perhaps that is a deliberate parallel with how little any of the characters know and [...]


  • The cover of this book drew me in It really stands out among the other books of the same subject manner The story revolves around Kitty, who is a childlike woman living next door to her husband, who rides in circles for hours on the city bus and sees the world as a kaleidoscope of colors You watch as she unravels her reality her fantasy worlds, which have become intertwined There are a few surprising plot twists, which, had I not been so engrossed with the novel, I may have seen coming Great fir [...]


  • Fascinating impressions and way of describing a complex illness The protagonist is slowly going crazy, but the reader is led to this conclusion slowly, apart from the labels we are often thrusting on anyone who is different Beautiful way of seeing the world.


  • Fabulous book First person narration critical to book As Kitty slips into madness, her reasoning seems perfectly logical Color is a continual theme, along with lost children.


  • Really This novel was short listed for the 2003 Mann Booker prize I am shocked It was a mess Was it about mental illness The ties that bind Babies Ugh, who cares.


  • A story of a dysfunctional family with a very depressed and unbalanced woman at it s centre.Best described in three words depressing.


  • This was an amazing read I don t always go for the messed up protagonist fiction, but this was deftly handled and beautifully written.


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  • I see that this book didn t get good reviews from a number of people I loved it, maybe because I bought it at the Dollar Tree and all I knew about it was that it was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.The story is from the point of view of a quirky character, Katie Something is wrong with her and even though I worked it out fairly early, I still enjoyed following her on her journey The book is not heavy, nor is it deep Don t expect any huge revelations I guess I can t explain exactly why I lik [...]


  • Good plot line, but very muddled in the beginning theme device of the colors is not applied consistently throughout and the brother characters are not developed nearly enough for the presence they play at the end.


  • Astonishingly good evocation of adult children navigating childhood trauma doing their best to adhere to a standard of normal for which they have no context In particular, Morrall illuminates how completely insane behavior appears logical to the person engaging in it beautifully done.



  • Brilliant The first half sets up the characters and the second half takes them on a few twists and turns A thriller of a sort Disfunctional family in the extreme.



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