This novel is set in a dystopian future which has fallen back to the structures of the late medieval period. Life is regulated by music, the written word has been banned and memories fractured and wiped. It is not a quick read and requires some initial concentration. The prose is beautiful and fluid and carries a story that is at times sinister, poignant and utterly dramatic. The Chimes was on the longlist for the Man Booker 2015.
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