Saturday, 30 January 2016
The Parrot Tree
It tells the story of Vivien. And of Karl.
Vivien is a talented young woman who lives in suburbia in the 1980s.
She feels stultified and suffocated in a marriage that she feels is loveless. It has damped her creativity so she, in effect, runs away from home and finds her way to Madison Avenue where she fully intends to discover professional and romantic fulfilment.
Karl is a genius (of the type often described as "tormented or tortured") who, as a young boy, had to flee from the Nazis by making a daring run for freedom in the sewerage system that was below the city of Bratislava.
He became a gardener (to an Austrian Barron, no less!). fathered a daughter (out of wedlock) and decided to emigrate to America in the 1950s.
Eventually, Karl found fame and fortune in the world of advertising and eventually was able to launch his own highly successful advertising agency on Madison Avenue.
Karl has become involved in a project to help save the Amazon rainforest.
His assistant hires Vivien to work with them on the location shooting, down their in the Amazon.
And so off they go, heading for the headwaters of the Amazon.
After all, what on earth could possibly go wrong? Or right, even?
This novel is published by Matador at £7.99 and is available via the That's Books book shop, on the right hand side of this review.