The Girl with Glass Feet

The Girl with Glass Feet A young couple risks everything in their quest to find a cure for a magical ailment in this luminous richly visual debut novel Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of

  • Title: The Girl with Glass Feet
  • Author: Ali Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780805091144
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A young couple risks everything in their quest to find a cure for a magical ailment in this luminous, richly visual debut novel.Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St Hauda s Land Unusual winged creatures flit around icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass IdaA young couple risks everything in their quest to find a cure for a magical ailment in this luminous, richly visual debut novel.Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St Hauda s Land Unusual winged creatures flit around icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass Ida is an outsider in these parts, a mainlander who has visited the islands only once before Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.Midas Crook is a young loner who has lived on the islands his entire life When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defenses As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart Love must be paid in precious hours and, as the glass encroaches, time is slipping away fast Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass The Girl with Glass Feet is a dazzlingly imaginative and magical first novel, a love story to treasure.

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    About "Ali Shaw"

    1. Ali Shaw

      Ali Shaw is the author of The Trees, The Man who Rained and The Girl with Glass Feet, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels He grew up in Dorset and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University He has worked as a bookseller and at Oxford s Bodleian Library He lives with his wife and two year old daughter.

    787 thoughts on “The Girl with Glass Feet”

    1. “Have you ever hoped for something? And held out for it against all the odds? Until everything you did was ridiculous? ”One of the most beautiful books ever written.The cover: beautifulThe language: beautifulThe setting: beautifulThe characters: beautifulThe story: strangely beautifulThe endwell let's not say more than that it was beautiful.Find more of my books on Instagram

    2. There is no particular type of person so easy to make fun of as the teen or twenty-something man who takes himself really seriously. And yet, despite Ali Shaw basically falling into that category, imao, I don’t want to make fun of this book. I knew this guy, a while back, who was an emo musician surfer, and he was also so handsome that people apparently didn’t tell him he was wrong very often. This one time, when I first met him, he told me that Bright Eyes was the new Bob Dylan. That ended [...]

    3. It has the feel of a fairy tale crossed with a hint of horror. Creepiness lurked around the edges of the story, never overt, never overdone. I suppose the best fairy tales have that as well - the original ones can have an ominous edge. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    4. I have contradicting feelings about The Girl With The Glass Feet.There were times when I absolutely loved it and times that I was sure I was not gonna be able to finish it.Let me elaborate:The book describes how a girl named Ida, is slowly turning into glass because of white monster that she saw in a bog(?? That's all I know,believe me!)and it somehow "cursed" her.Ida, meets Midas, a very shy and introverted guy-daddy issues-who falls in love with her and tries to save her.The other characters,b [...]

    5. Warning: this review is long and gushing because I love the book soThe Girl with Glass Feet is a beautiful, achingly romantic tale, full of breathless wonder and untold promises. It captured my heart, and I became a part of the story, part of the enchantment. And I loved it, oh so dearly. This book is like a fairytale, a poetically beautiful fairytale. Yet it’s more reminiscent of the original fairytales, with the flow of the writing and the very detailed descriptions. Ali Shaw, though, is mod [...]

    6. A beautiful fairy-tale idea gets lost in a snowstorm of long scenery descriptions and underdeveloped characters. Oh boy, this sucks. I had really hoped that this book would make it’s interesting synopsis come true, especially since I’ve read Shaw’s latest book “The Trees” last year and I loved it, but “The Girl With the Glass Feet” was simply not a good read.Let’s start with the positive things: the intriguing story idea. The book resolves around Ida, a young women who is slowly [...]

    7. 4 ¾ Stars.*“I should take a photo.”“No. Just remember it, and us in it.”He swallowed.She smiled. Here was rightness of place and time.”There isn’t much I can say about this book that other people haven’t said in the other comments here.This book is absolutely breath taking: it’s perfectly executed, immaculately paced and I fell in love with every single character**- flaws and all.The world that Shaw creates is so lush and full of vivid colour and texture that if someone had run [...]

    8. This book frustrated me. I wanted to like it, but the characters were just boring. I didn't care about any of them. Midas was pathetic and Ida was obnoxious. I couldn't believe the romance between these two, it felt false. Perhaps this book would have been a little better if we found out why Ida was turning into glass. What was with the winged bull moths and the animals turning white? Nothing was even remotely explained. And Midas never found out about his father! So frustrating. I also had an i [...]

    9. I want to like it. Fault - too often the characters are unrealistic. There are several moments where I didn't believe in the characters. Falling in love is a facing life action - not a facing death action. It felt like the main plot worked against itself without any of the characters acknowledging this. Also - at times I was confused by the characters. The absolute magic of the book is interesting - but there is a forced sense of poetry that conflicts with just telling me a story. The glass feet [...]

    10. Robin RommThe hybrid form of the book—fairy tale, myth, psychological realism and fantasy—impresses. But Shaw's most delightful offerings are the vivid details he provides to make the magical real…The end of the book, saturated with color and emotion, is risky and brave like the message it imparts. Only a heart of glass would be unmoved.—The New York Timesyou rang, NY times?

    11. "kau tidak pernah ingin tahu mana perginya perasaan?"Jika diminta menceritakan isi buku ini, rasanya saya hanya bisa menjawab bahwa Gadis dengan Kaki dari Kaca adalah sebuah dongeng yang indah tentang perasaan dan isi hati manusia. Mungkin tubuh yang berubah menjadi kaca atau makhluk-makhluk aneh bersayap yang ditemukan di Kepulauan St. Hauda's Land adalah metafora yang digunakan penulis dan hanya dia yang benar-benar memahami maknanya. Karena sampai seribu tahun dari sekarang pun mungkin saya t [...]

    12. Este é um daqueles livros que eu não sabia se iria gostar ou não porque não tinha lido nada (opiniões, criticas) sobre ele. Já o tinha visto a algum tempo na Bertrand, mas como não tinha a certeza se o queria mesmo ou não não arrisquei. Mas, com a promoção da Bertrand, encontrei-o a 7,50 euros e decidi comprá-lo.Tenho a dizer que é um dos meus livros favoritos. Não tem muitas personagens, não tem uma história muito densa, nem grandes intrigas e mistérios. Mas tem magia, uma gran [...]

    13. I loved, loved, loved this book. I had been spending a lot of time in YA fantasy and figured it was about time I made my way back into the adult literary world. This seemed like the perfect book to help me find my way. I've developed quite a soft spot for magical realism, and I think that this story vindicates my favoritism from that "genre." Ida discovers that - tendon by tendon, vein by vein - she is slowly turning to glass. It begins with a splinter-sized piece on the sole of her foot and slo [...]

    14. The farther away I get from having read this book the less fondly I remember it. The reason for this is that it's one of those books where the antagonists get punished, for being selfish and oblivious in the case of the main guy (although, oddly we're let into the cause of his selfishness, how he saw it, and its really terribly sad in the way that the protagonists plight in the novel isn't), or for lying about ability and wanting sex while guilty of being old in the case of a secondary female ch [...]

    15. I did not enjoy this book.The blurb and the cover drew me in, the promise of albino animals and glowing jellyfish and a girl slowly turning to glass. I am not a fan of romantic fiction, not in any sense at all, and so this was a novel that was never going to be for me, and did not realise how much of this was going to be based on the romances of every character introduced when I picked it up.Overall, it feels so flat. I found myself unable to connect with any of the characters or to really care [...]

    16. An inventive and richly visual novel about young lovers on a quest to find a cure for a magical ailment, perfect for readers of Alice HoffmanStrange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts, a mainlander who has visited the islands only once before. Yet during that [...]

    17. I am rather confused as to whether I liked this book or not. I guess I should start with what I liked:The writing was lovely, very picturesque and descriptive.The idea of the story was interesting.Now on to what I didn't like:The way the story unfolded fell short for me. Not only that, I had to push myself to keep reading, as much as I wanted to find out what happened in the story, it felt like I was being 'blocked' somehow from doing it. Whilst it was nice and all to read chapters about each ch [...]

    18. EntrancingAt first I was a bit skeptical. I picked it up because of its fairytalesque title but then reading the description on the inside cover I gre afraid that I had picked up some boy-meets-girl in the lonely gray landscape of some random small town island. The kind where 'their love for each other melts the winter's chill'. But I was very very happy to find that it is probably the exact opposite of that kind of book. Yes there is a man who meets a woman on some island in winter. But the boo [...]

    19. I stalled out on this one at 215 pages and discovered that I really couldn't care less about what happened in the remaining 70 pages. I read the end and called it good. I won't exactly rush to read one of Shaw's other books either.

    20. When I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued to say the least. The idea of the central female character slowly turning to glass, and the central male being a photographer immediately seemed to imply an interesting subtext to be explored, all with an air of a classic fairytale. The book certainly exploits its 'fairytale' positioning, with elements of (seemingly) fantastical Scandinavian folklore woven through the tale. Jellyfish explode into light when they die, and creatures roam the w [...]

    21. I found this book in the wrong section in my local library. Obviously this needs to be in the YA section. This was a lovely story and written very well. I just had a few quirks about it as I often had to go back and reread a few pages out of confusion on point of views. Other than that, a good book.

    22. In Mr B's bookshop in Bath I asked for something beautiful to read. "Beautiful to look at or beautiful to read?" I was asked."Both," I replied, being greedy.This is what I was handed.

    23. I was really pleased when I was offered an advanced reader copy of Ali Shaw's debut novel. I was intrigued by the synopsis. It seemed like just the kind of book I enjoy most. The Girl with Glass Feet is the story of Midas Crook, a young man who uses his camera to shield him from the world, and Ida Maclaird, the titular character (and if there is a single protagonist it is Midas not Ida). The novel is also very much concerned with its setting, the strange, snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda's Lan [...]

    24. The premise of this novel is quite arresting: after a short visit on her mother's birthplace, the Northern Archipelago of St. Hauda's Land, where strange people live and even stranger things happen, young Ida Maclaird's feet have transformed into glass and moreover, the "glass infection" in her body is slowly spreading. From a chance conversation with secluded island naturalist Henry Fuwa, she believes her strange illness is peculiar to St. Hauda's Lands so she must go back if she has any hope o [...]

    25. Für mich war s einfach das perfekte Buch für den Herbsteinklang (auch wenn die Szenerie im Winter mit Schnee spielt). Ich mochte den Ort sehr in dem die Geschichte spielt und fühlte mich immer nach England/Irland versetzt, als ich las. Die Charaktere waren außergewöhnlich und konnte sie schnell ans Herz gewinnen. Auch die Entwicklung ihrer Geschichte und ihres Charakters war für mich nachvollziehbar gestalten. Abgerundet wurde das Buch mit einer Prise Magie, die immer mitschwang, aber nie [...]

    26. Das ist so ein Buch, für das man sich etwas mehr Zeit nehmen muss.Ali Shaw schafft eine neue fantastische Welt, in der ich komplett eintauchen konnte. Dabei springt Shaw aber nicht von einem dramatischen Ereignis zum anderes, sondern er lässt sich Zeit um die detailverliebte Story zu erzählen.Einen Punkt Abzug, weil ich manche Charakteren aus dem Buch nicht richtig unterbringen konnte. Wobei alle sehr charismatisch sind.

    27. Occasionally I find that a particular book, for no obvious reason, keeps popping up everywhere - in my recommendations, in mentions on friends' blogs, in magazines' books-of-the-year lists - until I end up feeling like I almost HAVE to read it. The Girl with Glass Feet is one such book. Based on the premise (a love story, set on a somewhat fantastical fictional archipelago, about the relationship between Midas, a shy photographer, and Ida, a girl who is slowly turning into glass) I wasn't sure [...]

    28. On the surface, this is the unusual story of a girl who finds herself living with a disease that is slowly turning her body to glass. But it ends up being much more. As Ida searches for a cure for her condition, the strangers she meets become a part of her story. It’s a story of broken people trying to live and love despite the scars of their pasts -- and the wounds which may be in their futures.This book is beautifully written, in prose that shifts back and forth between fairy-tale enchantmen [...]

    29. An amazing idea, gorgeous prose and a completely boring middle. This book would have fared better as a short story. There is so much to love about this book (i. e. the descriptiveness) but that is exactly what weighs this book down. I read the first couple chapters, got bored out of my mind, and skipped to the end. And the sad part is, I don't feel like I missed anything by skipping the middle. The end is where the best stuff is. All my skipping around could have been avoided by making this nove [...]

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