The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox

Thoughts  tvlbek The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox, Farrar Straus and Giroux 1998, 284 pages

MOTIVATION for READING:  Maree at Just Add Books says this:

Fallen angel. Fallen angels are my fiction-crack.
Uhm … it’s beautiful, and sad, and an incredible and unlikely love story.
It has my second-favourite end line ever (after Lord of the Rings), which actually broke my heart a little bit, and now I have it memorised. And because of lines like this, which I’ve mentioned before: “The terms of the pact are this: ‘Xas shall go freely. God shall have his pains and Lucifer his pleasures’.”

How could I resist that?  And then again, in a Twitter conversation, she mumbles something about

the Vintner’s Luck is one of my favourites – the last line nearly killed me.

I was excited that the library had it on the shelves.   I read this for the New Zealand Challenge;  Knox is from NZ.

WHAT it’s ABOUT:    I’m going to cheat here and give the blurb from the book jacket:   “On a summer evening in 1808, Sobran Jodeau stumbles through his family’s vineyard in Burgundy, filled with wine and love sorrows.  As Sobran sways in a drunken swoon, an angel appears out of nowhere to catch him.”

The vintner and the angel make a pact to meet once a year and so begins a complicated life story spanning many years, multiple loves and strange encounters.

WHAT’s GOOD:    If I were to be asked give me three words that describe this book, I would give these:

Evocative.     Passionate.    Luscious.

WHAT’s NOT so GOOD:   Too much expectation!    I was totally absorbed into the lush world that Knox created and explained for Heaven and Hell – wow!    But I built it up too much, I think, and I will soon have to Twitter at Maree and have her explain it all.  What did I miss?    Why is the ending so great?    I mean, yea, it was fine and touching and meaningful…   but wowed?   I must have missed something.

IMPOSSIBLE.

I’m giving this FOUR pie slices because it was so very different for me – not my typical reading genre – and it was very beautiful.

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16 thoughts on “The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox

  1. Well, four slices is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I’m just not sure if this is a book for me. Of course, since there are about 50 billion sitting around this house that supposedly are for me, I’m thinking that’s probably more of a good thing than a bad thing.

  2. I do love the first line. Kinda curious what the last line is now…

    I don’t think I’ve read very many books about fallen angels, but I’m definitely intrigued by this!

    1. Hush, Hush is about fallen angels, too? Darn – I’ve been resisting that due to over marketing. Which is a silly reason since I’m hungry to read Hunger Games and Catching Fire…

  3. Ah … my ears are burning. 😛 What broke my heart a little bit in the last line, is the sheer wonder, and grief, in Xas’ voice. Like … he can’t believe he was even able to do this thing – it’s a small thing, really; but large at the same time, you know? Ugh. I’m not explaining myself very well. But yay, you liked it! 😀

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