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Wild Talent [Format Kindle]

Eileen Kernaghan

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Wild Talent tells the strange tale of Jeannie Guthrie, a sixteen-year-old Scottish farm worker, who possesses a frightening talent. Believing that she has unintentionally killed her ne’er-do-well cousin, and fearing that she will be sentenced as a witch, she flees to London. There, she is befriended by the free-spirited and adventurous Alexandra David, and introduced to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s famous salon, where she begins to understand the source of her mysterious powers. We follow Jeannie and Alexandra as they venture from the late Victorian world of spiritualists and theosophists to the fin de siècle Paris of artists, anarchists and esoteric cults; and finally to the perilous country of the Beyond. It is against these eerie late 19th century backdrops that Kernaghan weaves an engrossing tale of myth and magic.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 173 pages
  • Editeur : Thistledown Press (31 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JMPI7O0
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Coming of age in "interesting times" 23 mars 2009
Par Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Publié sur
While Wild Talent is very different from Eileen Kernaghan's 2000 novel, The Snow Queen, there are two major themes that the two novels have in common. Both feature young girls striking out precipitously on their own into an unsafe world. Both also address the frustrations of intelligent women up against the repressive mores of Victorian society. The result, in both cases, is a gently feminist coming-of-age tale with a strong sense of place and time.

Wild Talent tells the story of Jeannie Guthrie, a young Scottish farm girl who flees her home suddenly, fearing charges of witchcraft and murder after a telekinetic talent helps her fight off a would-be rapist. She reaches London, where she befriends Alexandra David and finds employment with Helena Blavatsky. The historical characters are fascinating, and Jeannie herself is delightfully complex -- unusually courageous in some ways and so very unsure in others.

The greatest strength of Wild Talent is its vivid portrayal of the tumultuous times in which Jeannie lives. The drudgery of rural poverty, the decadence of absinthe-soaked artists, the glamour of the Paris world's fair, and the spiritual debates among London's occult circles are all handled with skill. When I finished Wild Talent I felt that I'd paid a visit to the late 19th century, that I'd been right there with Jeannie all along.

Also well-handled were the questions of what is "real" and what is not. The book is teeming with the supernatural -- some of it real, some of it staged by charlatans, some of it in that gray area of uncertainty where the reader isn't sure whether it's real or a dream.

There's a spot toward the middle of the book that was rough going in a way, and ironically, it's because of something Kernaghan did very, very well. As the reader, I was feeling a little adrift and not sure whether the story was moving, and then a little light bulb went on over my head and I realized it was because Jeannie felt adrift and wasn't sure whether she was getting anywhere. Alone in London, with her fondest dream postponed for the sake of day-to-day survival, Jeannie is understandably depressed. Kernaghan's portrayal of Jeannie's depression is true to life and really made me feel for the character.

Spoiler Alert:
The ending leaves open the question of whether Jeannie achieves her goal of becoming a writer -- but as I remembered her musings at the beginning of the book about the power of words, I realized that the novel's text itself was meant to be the answer. Well played.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An intriguing novel about Victorian supernatural beliefs 25 janvier 2011
Par The Curious Dame - Publié sur
When she is accosted in a barn by a young man named George who attempts to rape her, Jeannie Guthrie lets loose a whirlwind of telekinetic power which sends a pitchfork into George's flesh. Believing she has killed him, Jeannie flees her Scottish home and farm. Fearing she will be labelled a witch, and punished for a murder she had not intended to commit, she heads to London. There, she encounters a kind young woman named Alexandra David who helps her get settled and find work with Helen Blavatsky, a woman known for her psychic medium abilities. From that moment on, Jeannie finds herself immersed in the world of the supernatural where she must navigate its treachery while she learns to understand and control her own powers. Ever-present is her fear of repercussion for her crime, which motivates her actions throughout the story. Frightened by her wild talent, Jeannie Guthrie, speaks to the reader in first person narrative as she writes in her journal.

In this coming of age, young adult novel that takes place during the fascinating Victorian era, Eileen Kernaghan has written an endearing tale of a young woman alone in a harsh world. It is clear right from the start that the author has done a great deal of research into the times, portraying the Victorian interest in the occult magnificently. The novel touches on the plight of a young woman alone, with no means of support, who is forced to make a living in difficult circumstances. The novel sweeps the reader from countryside of Scotland, to high society London, and then to the opulence of Paris during the time of the world's fair. Aspects of the supernatural is well-explored including real occurrences and tricks common during the time.

Although this novel is listed as a young adult novel, it transcends this limitation easily into adult or women's fiction. It is richly written with a high regard for historical detail, making this novel a true and accurate journey into the richness of the Victorian world.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Historical Figures Blend With Fiction In This Intriguing Story 25 avril 2009
Par Debra Purdy Kong - Publié sur
Desperate to ward off the unwanted advances of her cousin George, Jeannie Guthrie stabs him with a pitch fork. Believing she killed George, Jeannie flees Scotland and winds up in London, alone and frightened. The year is 1888 and there are few opportunities for sixteen-year-old farm girls. But Jeannie's soon befriended by an exuberant young woman named Alexandra David. Alexandra's interest in the occult leads Jeannie to employment with Madame Helena Blavatsky, a well-known psychic with a reputation for making strange things happen. It isn't long before Jeannie discovers that she too has a psychic gift, though rather than embrace it, Jeannie's frightened of her talent. She's also terrified that her ability might have caused George's death and that her past will catch up with her.

Eileen Kernaghan's Wild Talent is a beautifully written tale that doesn't overdo the paranormal elements. If anything, Jeannie's talent is almost understated. Adding to the intrigue is the author's use of historical figures such as adventurer Alexandra David and Madame Blavatsky who was head of the British Theosophist movement at the time. The author's note offers interesting glimpses into their lives and even provides a reading list where you can learn more about these colorful women. Reading lists are rare in a work of fiction, but very much appreciated in this case. Happily, you'll appreciate the novel too.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 great late nineteenth century tale 28 mars 2009
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur
In 1888, sixteen years old Scottish farm hand Jeannie Guthrie fears her "gift". She believes she has good reason to do so because she thinks she used her talent to accidentally kill her wastrel cousin George who was pestering her constantly for a kiss since the dance. If anyone finds out Jeannie knows she will be burned at the stake as a witch; just like George vehemently called her as he was bleeding from the pitchfork wound she gave him.

Thus without a look back, the teen flees to London where she assumes she can hide amidst the masses. In town Jeannie and daring Alexandra David meet and the latter takes the former to the salon of renowned Madame Helena Blavatsky. There Jeannie hopes to learn more about her power especially controlling it when she is angry or threatened.

This late Victorian historical is a vivid exciting tale that takes readers into a strange dominion filled with artists, spiritualists and ethnologists; the irony is that this weird world is London and Paris (as well as the land Beyond). Jeannie is terific as a rustic innocent who under the guide of her urbane friend turns from scared country bumpkin to still frightened sophisticate. Based on the real 1888 London journal of Alexandra who mentions a jeune fille, Eileen Kernaghan provides her bewitched fans with a great late nineteenth century tale.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Tour de Force 5 décembre 2009
Par Julie H. Ferguson - Publié sur
Wild Talent is another tour de force by Kernaghan.

Although it is listed as young adult, this novel should not be passed over by any adult interested in the spiritual goings-on in late-1800 London and Paris. There is no doubt that Kernaghan has written it for both age groups.

She wrote the book in the form of a journal belonging to a Scottish lassie who runs away to London and is drawn into the occult world of Madame Blavatsky and befriended by Alexandra David. Kernaghan's skill in drawing the character using just the right voice is a joy to read. So are her word pictures of the strange world of London's and Paris's spiritualism circles. Her attention to detail of the period and places, as well as her word choices, bring the story to life.

Highly recommended for both adults and teens who love to read. Buy it for your own bookshelf or as a gift for someone close.
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