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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • MP3 CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441780335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441780331
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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“A sensitive exploration of love’s redemptive power.” Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

This tour de force invites comparison to the work of Haruki Murakami and Ian McEwan.…. So perfectly rendered…. Joyce's skill at conveying the creepiness of inexplicable events creates undeniable tension…. The novel is encased, like the village, in a veil of ice and mystery…. The novel's conclusion is both beautiful and devastating with its insight into the lives of two decent, honest people. Few times while reading fiction have I been so overcome by how remembering the past and living in the moment combine to form the core of our existence. In The Silent Land - a classic in the making - Joyce's great and abiding gift is to make the reader feel this truth fiercely and protectively.” -- The Washington Post (Jeff VanderMeer)

“Stark, layered, ominous and yet appealing…Luckily for the reader, in the end Mr. Joyce delivers relief along with satisfaction and wonder.” --New York Times
“With TV's "Lost" having found its conclusion, and its successor on the pop culture landscape still missing in its own right, fans longing for a mysterious and mystical world to explore might consider visiting "The Silent Land," a tautly rendered new novel by British writer Graham Joyce… For all of "The Silent Land's" surreal chills and heavy-footed nods to spirituality, Jake and Zoe's relationship thoughtfully remains at the forefront with sharp banter and finely drawn moments of mutual reflection that carry an endearing grace…. As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly, "The Silent Land" doesn't necessarily tell a new story, but it tells it with enough heartfelt panache to ensure its mystery — and its ultimately hopeful reflection of ours — never ceases to matter.” – Los Angeles Times

“World Fantasy Award-winner Graham Joyce may be the best guide available to the uncertain terrain of dreams, intoxication and madness…Joyce's crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for [his] tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, "The Silent Land" brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond. – The Seattle Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

GRAHAM JOYCE, a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Will get you thinking April 27 2011
By Bookreporter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Starting with an incredibly revealing book jacket that shames Kindle and Nook, this lucky 13th book by Graham Joyce is a startling reality wake-up call --- and it prognosticates what is to come.

A daybreak "avalanche with its ferocious white teeth had snapped at their heels." Zoe is crushed by the onslaught: "Total silence, total darkness." She resigns herself to her situation: "You're in a snow tomb, be calm." Ankles over elbows, she realizes she's upside down in that tomb. Fortunately, husband Jake comes to her rescue. With no skis, they work their way to an abandoned lift operator's cabin. With heat --- and a hip flask --- to warm them, they take the operator's single set of skis, working their way back to Saint-Bernard-en-Haut. The village is deserted, but something else seems amiss.

They return to the tiny ski village where they had first met years before: "There was something they had to sort out. Something they were meant to discuss. But she knew that right now was the wrong moment." The next day they steal a police car, the only vehicle with ignition keys. They try to get out of the village, where another avalanche looms. Fogbound and snowbound, Jake teeters the car over a precipice. Returning to the hotel, there are no TV, radio or phone signals. And --- horrors! --- no Internet connection. Attempts to leave Saint-Bernard on foot fail.

The novel's text has the simplicity and beauty of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. With deft brush strokes, Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King's THE LANGOLIERS and "The Twilight Zone." "It's like there's a conspiracy to keep us here," Jake ponders. Eventually they quit communicating. "When they had no banter, that meant the situation was serious," each blaming the other for their predicament. It's Jake's shocking revelation that turns eerie into just plain weird. He questions if "we're trapped here, or if we've been freed here."

Realization becomes resignation, as Zoe and Jake no longer try to leave Saint-Bernard. Something "had delivered to them an idle abundance." Zoe opines, "I'm thinking of all the stupid time-wasting things. Shopping. Bowling. Killing time. Pissing it all away. We know death is coming. And yet we always see our loved ones as taken away from us, instead of given to us for whatever time they have."

"With Nature there was always an account, and [Jake] said that ultimately they still inhabited a corner of that same infinite box that was Nature." THE SILENT LAND made me ponder how much --- or how little --- I've contributed to life. Isn't that what makes for phenomenal writing?

--- Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
An Advertised Thriller--This Contemplative Novel Is More Successful As A Relationship Drama Jan. 13 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Graham Joyce's "The Silent Land" poses quite a conundrum for me. Did I enjoy the novel? Yes, it was a rather quick and engaging read. But I'm not entirely sure that I'd go out of my way to recommend it. Billed as a "suspense novel," I don't really think "The Silent Land" will capture that marketplace with its rather gentle tone. As a mystery or puzzler, I think Joyce's work is competently constructed and well thought-out but (and here's a big but) it's not the least bit surprising. Anyone who's seen a film, watched TV, or read a book recently will undoubtedly uncover the central enigma almost from the get-go. I'm not saying that necessarily spoils "The Silent Land," but expectations set forth by the book's marketing campaign may confound "thrill readers" (the target audience listed in advance press).

Ultimately, what will sell (or not sell) "The Silent Land" is NOT the mystery that faces its central characters but their journey to reach that truth. Loving married couple Jake and Zoe are on a skiing holiday in the French Alps when the unthinkable happens--an early morning avalanche strikes as they are isolated on the slopes. Through perseverance and instinct, they manage to extricate themselves from the snow and are thoroughly invigorated just to be alive. However, when they make it back to the lodge and the village--there seems to have been an evacuation. Without a soul in sight and no telephone communications, Zoe and Jake attempt to jump ship as well before the next wall of snow hurtles down on them. But nature seems to be conspiring against their escape. Soon their fear gives way to absolute freedom which in turn slides to dread. Just what is really going on?

As I said, I think most people will have figured things out quite early--so any pleasure must be in the telling. I genuinely liked Jake and Zoe, and it wasn't a hardship to share in their joys and frustrations. As opposed to a thriller, "The Silent Land" is a contemplation of life, memories, regrets, and relationships. And it's a love story--in many ways, I think this should have been Joyce's focus. I think that "The Silent Land" had the potential to be an absolutely harrowing and heartbreaking dissection of love and marriage. The supernatural trickery should have supported this aspect as opposed to the other way around. As is, though, "The Silent Land" played out just as you know it will. A diverting read, perhaps, but this book should have rocked me to the core. About 3 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 1/11.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Appreciate Everything Feb. 3 2011
By Irish - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I enjoyed this book. The prose is as crisp and clean as the snowy, cold environs that surround Zoe and Jake as they try to escape the hotel they are bound to after they dig themselves out of a frightening avalanche in the Pyrenees Mountains on a ski vacation for their ten year anniversary . They'd ventured out onto the mountain in early morning to beat the other tourists so they could have a clean run on the fresh snow, but quickly things go all wrong.

The Silent Land is a very scary story too. Written very tensly at times it's enough to rattle you. I enjoyed the way the supernatural snuck in and poked its head around corners and popped up unexpectedly. It makes the story and what seems to be happening exceedingly spooky. There were twists and turns enough to make this a very fast and interesting book to read. I think this story is a testament to life and a reminder that all is not what it seems to be at times and that we should savor the moments with ourselves and those we love. It's a testament also to time spent savoring good wine and food, and remembering that our time with our pets, our family and loved ones is here but for a flash of time like the wisp of a six-pointed, perfect snowflake melting on the window pane.

Graham Joyce is a talented writer. The writing in The Silent Land is wonderful and I could feel the cold and the chill of the wind and experience the confusion and fright of Zoe and Jake. The writing was so good that I just flowed with the story and let it unfold in it's own way. I thought that though the subject may not be new, the writing was fresh and very good from the first sentence; it had me hooked and I didn't stop until I finished it.

If you are looking for a good book to read you could do much worse, I promise. Escape to the winter world of The Silent Land and spend a few hours there, you'll view things from a different perspective by the time you set it back down again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It doesn't get any better April 28 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Everyone talks about Stephen King, et al, and they are certainly a good authors, but people should be aware that Graham Joyce is one of the best of the genre of just plain strange books, though I don't hear so much about him.

This is a lovely book and would make a perfect movie! Zoe and Jake are skiing in Europe when an avalanche occurs. They survive, but when they return to the village, no one is there. Everyone seems to have disappeared totally. The story covers the next few days of their lives as things get less and less clear about what has happened and they try to figure out what exactly is going on.

A wonderful story told with a high creepiness quotient! While I did figure out what was going on fairly early, it didn't affect the suspense at all!

I recommend this book highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another superb book from a fantastic author March 29 2011
By David Bell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Silent Land is another superb book from Graham Joyce, the UK's most thought-provoking writer in the fantasy genre. The relationship between Zoe and Jake is full of love and humour but never sentimental - they cuss each other as often as they make love! What I love about Graham's fantasy writing is its ambivalence. The believer in the supernatural finds the wonderful imagination of the writer very satisfying, but for those of us who are non-believers, there is always a possible rational explanation available. And Graham never forces us to take one particular view.
If you've never read Graham Joyce, start with this book - you will soar with the ski-iers. For anyone who has loved The Tooth Fairy, The Facts of Life, Dark Sister, Dreamside, you will be well satisfied with this new one.

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