The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

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The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

by Rita Leganski

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 15, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel is rated 4.0833 out of 5 by 12.

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn''t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure''s silence is filled with resonance-a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure''s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: February 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062113763

ISBN - 13: 9780062113764

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful I loved this book. It truly was magical. The characters were real and believable, especially Bonaventure and his mother. I literally could not put this book down.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Written I absolutely enjoyed this book! It was well written and different from the usual. I love the "sound" and "colours" that Bonaventure Arrow heard and saw. The story line was sad, heart breaking, funny and sometimes made me angry when Bonaventure's Grandma Roman was in the picture. I could have probably finished reading this book in one day, but the only reason it took this long is because life got in the way of my reading pleasure...LOL I really enjoyed this book and can't wait until the next book by Ms. Rita Leganski to come out.
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelievably mesmerizing I bought this book because it was a 'Heathers pick' thought it sounded interesting. let me just say I have never read an author like this! books I have read after are lacking in comparison! beautiful words, fantastic imagery. love the characters. the story is very....different. my mother-inlaw read it too and didn't really have the words to describe it. she wish she had more time with it, wanted to savour the words instead of reading just for the sake of reading. well done, highly recomended. enjoy. and thank you!
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The sound of silence I thought this book started out beautifully and sadly it was all downhill after that. When Bonaventure hears the fury of every raindrop or the sound of a rose petal falling to the ground, this story has all kinds of potential. When the furniture is "talking" to Bonaventure, the book loses its prose and becomes hokey. I expected this to be a story about Bonaventure and the miracles in his life as a consequence of his extraordinary hearing. But ultimately, the book was about his father William's death, the quest for the killer's identity, religious obsessions, voodoo and the two or three degrees that separate the lives woven together in this book. Ultimately, I just wasn't sold on this author's suspended reality. It was at times hauntingly beautiful, and at too many times, too hokey to move the reader's heart and mind.
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Quiet Protagonist Whose Voice Resonate The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a luminous book that I devoured in a single sitting; quite simply I couldn’t put it down! Rita Leganski is a new voice from whom I’m looking forward to hearing more. Simply put, the novel is a meditation on love, grief, letting go and the power of friendship. The book also tackles the power that secrets can have in our lives. A sparkling debut.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book This book is a bit different than any book I have ever read. But I enjoyed it. I read in France while I was vacation. It is different because the main character listens to the world in a different manner. The plot was also very well written, and I looked forward to the outcome of the book.
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It Story Description: HarperCollins Publishers|February 15, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-211376-4 Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure’s silence is filled with resonance – a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer. Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, who’s roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed. My Review: Well, this is the second time today I’ve posted a book that I didn’t like. This one I tried to read many, many times, trying hard to convince myself that I was thoroughly enjoying the story. But the sad truth was, I wasn’t, at all. Just something about this story struck me as silly and uninteresting which came as a great disappointment to me as I’d heard so much hype about this novel. People were raving about it, I had friends telling me about it, but sadly, I just didn’t like it at all. Not much else to say on the matter I suppose. I know a lot of people did enjoy it so that’s a plus.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching story Dear Reader's, Rita Leganski has written a masterpiece for a first book, amazing! This is by far, a book everyone will love and want to read again and again. Please, support new authors and buy her book. Just think, when she becomes famous you'll have her first book. Thanks.
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical debut I've been hearing things - good things - about Rita Leganski's debut novel The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. And, after the first few chapters I have to agree wholeheartedly. I have my favourite genres, but sometimes there's something about the description of a book or the opening lines that grabs me and I just know that this is going to one of those special books that stays with me. Until I lend it out - because I'll definitely be recommending this one. "Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But the child was only listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings because everything had suddenly changed. His silence gave pause to the experts who examined him; here was a curiosity beyond their expertise. (They could never have explained Bonaventure anyway because there is no scientific word for miraculous.) They didn't know that through his remarkable hearing he would bring salvation to the souls of those who loved him." With those few opening pages, I felt like I was sitting down to hear a storyteller spin a magical yarn of what could be... or who knows - what is. I was entranced by the idea of a boy who could hear what inanimate objects were saying, their stories, hearing the unspoken sorrow and sadness, the joy and pain of people's lives, the sound of everything. "Bonaventure Arrow had been chosen to bring peace. There was guilt to be dealt with, and poor broken hearts, and atonement gone terribly wrong. And too there were family secrets to be heard; some of them old and all of them harmful. I really don't want to say much more about the plot - it's just so much better to have it unfold before your own eyes. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is not a book to be rushed through; instead it should be savoured and enjoyed. Leganski's writing flows so easily. Her prose are beautiful and lyrical, and I often went back to read them a second time. The love between Bonaventure's parents was beautifully depicted. I very much enjoyed Leganski's descriptions of what Bonaventure hears. It's a nudge to remind us to stop and listen - and not simply hear. The book is set in 1950's New Orleans and I was fascinated by the setting, culture, description and exploration of the city, but also of hoodoo, voodoo and Catholicism. Leganski weaves a unique and magical tale exploring love, loss, guilt, forgiveness and redemption in an utterly unique and magical voice. A fantastic debut and an easy recommendation. Fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen would enjoy this novel.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A mix of everything * A copy was provided by the publisher for review* The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow was a very interesting story and something I would not normally read. Considering that I really enjoyed the book, I thought the whole idea of this one little boy that has this supernatural hearing and never says a word was different and with a mystery and love story on the side was great. I will admit that this is not my favourite book but for something that is not really my style I enjoyed it, I really liked the characters I thought William and Dancy were a great match for each other and Bonaventure himself was fantastic, I really think that the characters developed well throughout the book, well except for Dancy's mother ( she was awful ) As an overall I thought this book was good and different, I would recommend this to somebody that likes a bit of everything mystery,romance and a bit of the supernatural.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Writing and Wonderful Characters in a Beautiful Story I was impressed with the quality of the writing and the audacity of the author who dared to describe the sounds of things that surrounds us through an amazing boy name Bonaventure Arrow. This story will enfold you in its beauty and will make you curious about the sounds of things that surround us and teach us about love that goes beyond living.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This is a book that is impossible to read quickly. Every sentence needs to be ingested as you would a favourite desert that is meant to be savoured. I dare you not to fall in love with young Bonaventure Arrow, whose innocence and kindness comes across on every page. So, so good.
Date published: 2013-01-29

– More About This Product –

The Silence Of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

by Rita Leganski

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: February 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062113763

ISBN - 13: 9780062113764

About the Book

A lyrical debut novel set in historic New Orleans that follows a mute boy whose gift of magical hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him.

From the Publisher

Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn''t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure''s silence is filled with resonance-a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure''s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.

About the Author

Rita Leganski holds an MA in writing and publishing and a BA in literary studies and creative writing from DePaul University. She teaches a writing workshop at DePaul''s School for New Learning and was a recipient of the Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize for a work of historical fiction.

Editorial Reviews

?An imaginative and touching story of the surprising ways that we heal. Rita Leganksi has created a gem in Bonaventure, a young boy who cannot speak but whose silence rings with truth and humanity. If I could hear a fraction of what he does, my heart would explode with joy.? (Todd Johnson, author of The Sweet By and By)
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