love in shades of grey
Louise Labe

an unusual love story by Glynne MacLean

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  Hi Glynne - Im not into reading heaps but I have just finished Love In Shades of Grey and absolutely loved it. A previous reader suggested a movie?? I second that. Thank you for restoring my interest in books/reading and hope that you write another adult novel SOON!!

Marlene
Hamilton
New Zealand

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  Just love it - the empathetic and vivid images of a person coping with a disability. It is just delight to read. But I will have to go back and enjoy it for a second time as I find myself reading faster and faster to get to the end. This is a person who NEVER makes time to read a novel - only medical journals!

Jo
Sydney - NSW
Australia

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 I LOVE your new book. It has some of the most beautiful and evocative writing I've ever read.

Anne
Wellington
New Zealand

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 I've just finished reading your book. It is amazing. I couldn't put it down, you have a wonderful way with words. It's not often I find a book like yours. I was totally overwhelmed by it. I'm so glad to have read it.

Patricia
Hawkes Bay
New Zealand

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  The book is magnificent. I particularly liked the snowfall scene, which I can't find now to quote, but I loved the language of that passage in particular. In fact the whole book was packed with magnificent images and of course I loved the way that music inhabits your protagonist. And the masterful use of tense. What a technical tour de force - to keep me so enthralled in such a tight, tight point of view.

Linda
Howell, Michigan
U.S.A.

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 Sunday night I stayed up to finish Love in Shades of Grey. I loved it! Your writing is so clean, your have what seems like a natural style. I went back to reread paragraphs and was amazed how they connected to later paragraphs and images.

I waited to write this after thinking about it. Your novel deals with such complex layers of emotion. I'd read a bit each evening and think about it. I ended up dreaming about Claire. The situation seemed so fragile for Claire and yet she seemed so strong. I found the novel intense but not overly so. It just really left me thinking and feeling a lot after I read even a few chapters. I had no idea how the novel would end and the end of each chapter left me hooked wondering at a multiple of possibilities.

I was amazed at how Claire lives in a world of sound for some time. I thought of all the times I'd been in the hospital and how each shift has its own personality and feel to it. You managed Claire's perceptions extremely well. Like Carlisle's shoes slapping the floor. Those noises become points of time in a hospital but I had forgotten how much one notices it when it is happening.

I'm still thinking about this character and the others. It grew into me. I can identify with Claire's need to achieve something (writing the opera), her need to be independent, and her stubbornness. Reading Love in Shades of Grey was emotional, enjoyable, at times intense, sad and really caused me to think and think and think. But thought with emotion. I don't know how to explain this - maybe it's still working in me or showed me another aspect to life or reality? Not sure but I like it and it feels very comfortable. I'm thinking of ordering a couple of copies for family and friends.

Darin
Torrance, CA
USA

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 I just got your novel from the Central library in Wgtn this afternoon...have finished it in 6 hours in between ferrying kids from movies to home. I loved it.

It was so unusual. I want to say more about it but the words don't come, I'm sorry. That's why you are the author and I am the reader of countless books. I hope it is a boost for you to know how appreciated your work is.

Gill
Wellington
New Zealand

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 Finished the book over the weekend, loved it, really good and enjoyed all the musical references especially the Hummel, I smiled as I read it. Well done Have you thought about a screenplay and a film. Not an expert, but thought was that the coma scenes could be shot in black and white (grey) and the other scenes in colour and as you move from one to the other add more colour. Music should not be too difficult either. How about another book? What happens to Ben?

Andrew
Hamilton
New Zealand

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 I don't know where to start to tell you how much I enjoyed Love In Shades of Grey. It was great. It kept me interested, I cared about the characters and I loved the 'Point of View'. Because her 'Point of View' is like explaining it to her baby, to her son. That hooked me in, because I could relate to some of those feelings.

I started the book about 11 p.m. last night, and I finished around noon today. I loved the description of the humanoid sponge! I think it's interesting how you used the concept of the means justify the ends. That's been a topic of discussion in our own household, esp. concerning the torture of prisoners in Iraq. Which, by NO MEANS, was it OK and everyone - FROM THE TOP DOWN - needs to be punished.

I loved how it was planned out. I loved how it started in the hospital, would focus in on the baby and then you would move to the relationship part of the story. So that by the end of the book I had a pretty good idea of the entire picture. I loved the differences. I loved the way it read.

Beth
Columbia, PA.
USA

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 Amazing! I thought it was great! Gee there is a lot in there, on many levels - it was amazing to me - it was deeper than just a story. All I could say when I read the last page was wow! That means I was speechless (in a good sense). Yea not much makes me speechless.

Zarik
Albany, W.A.
Australia.

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 Love In Shades of Grey is magnificent. Glynne, you create such incredible word pictures that it makes you feel you're there.

Terence
Wellington
New Zealand

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 I thought I would drop you a quick note to say I read Love in Shades of Grey in the weekend. I just loved it, once I picked it up I just read until it was finished. Beautifully written and I found the detail into how Claire overcame her coma state fascinating. It really made me think of my own relationship between brain and movement and how I have never even stopped to think of its genius.

Nicki
Auckland
New Zealand

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 Bought the new book at 11.30 this morning, started reading it at about 12 noon and finished it just after 6pm!! Bloody good read!! Congratulations Glynne.

Kay
Hamilton
New Zealand

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 I read shades of grey yesterday, I had been putting it off for awhile because it did not seem like my kind of book but truth be known once I started reading it I had trouble putting it down. I only read it because you wrote it but you just have to believe me that I loved it and was touched and moved - nice one.

John
Havelock North
New Zealand

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