Rachel Hore

Aural Antics

The Quiet Girl

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Harvill Secker 408pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

A sound knowledge of the works of J S Bach would be an asset in approaching Peter Høeg’s new literary thriller. Its protagonist, Kaspar Krone, is a famous circus clown with a special gift: an ability to hear people’s auras and hence to deduce all kinds of things about them, from illness to abuse. Sometimes an aura suggests a favourite piece of music to him, or a composer, especially his favourite Bach. I’ve no idea whether there’s any real-life evidence for such a gift, but divining auras sounds like a good late-night party game and certainly underpins an unusual storyline.

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