The Vintner's Luck

The Vintner s Luck One summer night in Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family s vineyard when he stumbles on an angel Once he gets over his shock Sobran decides that Xas the male angel i

One summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family s vineyard when he stumbles on an angel Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production But Xas turns out to be a far mysterious character Compelling and erotic, The VintnerOne summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family s vineyard when he stumbles on an angel Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production But Xas turns out to be a far mysterious character Compelling and erotic, The Vintner s Luck explores a decidedly unorthodox love story as Sobran eventually comes to love and be loved by both Xas and the young Countess de Valday, his friend and employer at the neighboring chateau.

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The Vintner's Luck

  1. Elizabeth Knox was born in Wellington New Zealand and is the author of eleven novels and three novella and a book of essays.

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  1. he is neither soldier in the armies of the Lord nor adherent to the Day Star, son of the morning he is his own creature, bound to earth.oh sweet angel, caught between ice and fire oh sweet prose, liquid and lapidary oh sweet story, sinuous and subtle, that says so little yet feels so much a soulful and nourishing novel.

  2. It s a rare book that makes it hard for me to pick up and enjoy another book the next day The Vintner s Lucky has stayed with me, buzzing in my brain, tugging at my guts, for a week now I can t review the book The angel Xas has stolen my heart I don t even know how to talk about it All I can say is that it s the most honest and beautifully written love story I ve ever read between a mortal and an immortal Please read it.

  3. If a man falls in love with a male angel one summer night on a hilltop in a French vineyard in 1808, if for years he sees this angel only once a year on this same hilltop, if the angel seems both intimate and impersonal at once, how will this affect the man s ability to live his life as his family has lived for generations raising children with his wife, making wine, interacting with the local nobility What connection, if any, is there between the angel s annual appearance and the success of eac [...]

  4. I don t know how many of you realise this, but from the age of 11 or so, I grew up in New Zealand Our English curriculum makes it compulsory for us to do a reading log for every English class, covering a variety of books In order to support our local heritage the log needs to include at least one book by a local NZ author each year Shouldn t be too hard, right We produced Joy Cowley, Maurice Gee, Katherine Mansfield, Phillip Mann and Witi Ihimaera Shouldn t be too hard at all.Except for one prob [...]

  5. My flatmate recommended this to me with much high praise And read my copy before I got my hands on it, and cried at it a lot I have to confess, when I started reading it, I didn t really get into it The story is about a man who agrees to meet an angel or an angel who agrees to meet a man at the same time every year, for one night every year The story focuses on these meetings, so what we get are glimpses into a life It isn t just the meetings, but it focuses mostly on them, rather than the minut [...]

  6. I finished this book this morning, and I cried This book is heartbreaking, but in the most beautiful, profound way possible.At its simplest it s a book about a vinemaker, Sobran, and his relationship with an angel, Xas, he was fortunate enough to stumble upon one night, while looking for relief from heartbreak A relationship that ends up defining both their lives, and hugely impacts the life of everyone else around them.And this is why it is in no way a simple book, and never will be It is a lov [...]

  7. tl dr SUMMARY VERSION In The Vintner s Luck, Book, I recommend an awesome concept, some interesting if distant characters, tragic gay angel love , some thought provoking religious mythology, some effective poetic language infinite descriptions of wing movements, dead leaves, the Napoleonic Wars , a fast read, refreshing anti agism old people having sex THE SCANDAL I caution against somewhat distant, unlikeable characters and a massive cast , somewhat anticlimactic gay angel sex, some Twilight st [...]

  8. Deceptively simple story of the relationship between a fallen angel and a French vintner across a lifetime Superficially, there are some aspects of the book I didn t like the characterization is a bit weak and parts of it tend towards melodrama However, there s so much going on under the surface the way that Sobran s life is shown to parallel the making of a wine, the theme of symmetry duplication, Xas relationship with Christ, the way the divine interacts with the natural Xas single annual visi [...]

  9. The way each book deals with issues of structure, chronology, plotting, characterisation, and, of course, theology, are radically different to what I expectedE VINTNER S LUCK should stand and fall on its own merits But if comparisons must be drawn, one might look at how Neil Gaiman characterizes religious mythology in his fiction Heaven and Hell are made real, as are Lucifer, God, and a host of angels, all given motivations and decisions to make.This would all work out pretty well, but Knox choo [...]

  10. I have but one word to describe this book gorgeous.Okay, okay, that s a fairly bold statement to make But, The Vintner s Luck being as criminally unknown as it is, only readily available in its nation of origin New Zealand , I feel I have to make a case for its beauty and sheer energy that kept me turning the pages.Well, maybe not turning the pages as quickly as I could I would read ten to twenty pages at a time and need some time to gather my feelings and think carefully upon what I had just re [...]

  11. In the France of 1808, Sobran the vintner gets roaring drunk, feeling sorry for himself because of troubles with a romance He stumbles out into the fields and when he passes out, he is caught by an angel before he hits the ground The very first chapter was intriguing It made me eager to find out why the angel was there in the first place, and who or what was in the whirlwind that made him suddenly stand at attention and promise to meet Sobran once a year on the same date and in the same place He [...]

  12. 4.5 The first time I read this I was totally engaged, this time not so much I think the period when view spoiler Xas the angel disappeared hide spoiler was when both I this book lost focus.The prose is still so beautiful lyrical to read though and at the start I soared with the story found the book very hard to put down I loved the chapter headings all connected with winemaking and all relevant to the chapter.Not perfect but still most highly recommended.Edit Sounds like the 2009 film managed to [...]

  13. lovely.but heartbreaking in its lovelinessis book was ordered in june and arrived in november, for some reasoncky me i thought it was beautifulanks for the gift, scarecrow

  14. He swooned while still walking forward, and the angel stood quickly to catch him Sobran fell against a warm, firm pillow of muscle He lay braced by a wing, pure sinew and bone under a cushion of feathers This is Sobran and Xas first meeting Sobran, the son of a vintner in the early 19th century, is drowning his sorrows in wine Celeste, the girl he loves, is forbidden to him, there is madness tainting her family s blood, so his father has not given his blessing to the match.It s between two viney [...]

  15. This book I m not sure what to rate it.I liked it somewhat The unorthodox love story between a man and a angel sounded like it would make for a great story But honestly I found it to be a slow and dragging read It didn t catch my attention until I reached 30% and then again towards the 50 ish % mark Being that the story took place during the 1800 s I think that had some to do with it Not the historical aspect of it, but in the way it was written So I think this is one of those moments where it w [...]

  16. Read with her Lord High Katness.I, err, I thought I d read this But I turned out to have read an entirely different book about angels.I ll try to write a proper review at some point but for now this was beautiful Harrowing, complicated, terrible Ultimately deeply human.I might have cried.A lot.

  17. Spoilers, I guess This is a very silly book about an angel who meets a completely uninteresting French vintner in the early nineteenth century and they fall in love I never understand anyone s relationships, but this took the cake Also, there are a lot of characters who are not than names the author tries to hang a story on this silly premise by fleshing things out with the vintner s ever increasing family, but, who cares There aren t enough details to make it a historical fiction It s a prosai [...]

  18. Buddy read with bert as an act of rebellion against Christmas and Christmas books I finished this in early hours of Monday morning and I m still dazed by what I read Because this book caused my heart to swell to twice it s size, broke it a little, kindly put it back together again, broke it some , made me cry, and made me fall in love with an angel I just adored it You fainted and I caught you It was the first time I d supported a human You had such heavy bones I put myself between you and gravi [...]

  19. 4.5 I AM WRECKED I went through the gauntlet with this book, up down so many times My half star deduction was personal due to my inability to relate a bit with the depth of the religion discussion I am still contemplating weather to read on into the next or leave it here, as I kinda like where it left.

  20. This book had me in tears Knox has a wonderful way of carving words and phrases to create such beautiful imagery and meaning, I think this book is going to stay with me for a while.

  21. Could we only this once make an exception Only once I tell you to read this book and you just do it Because the book left me rather speechless, you see So please, don t expect this review to be very eloquent I fear it might be a little unsubstantial.I wish I could talk about The Vintner s Luck with wisdom and insights because I feel like this is what it deserves, but, annoyingly, I find myself lacking So I ll be focusing on feelz instead The Vintner s Luck is beautiful and sad It s holding unto [...]

  22. I have mixed feelings about this one I read it compulsively, practically in one day, couldn t put it down, etc But at the same time, I can t say that I really liked it, though I am having a hard time articulating exactly why It tells the story of Sobran Jodeau, who on one day in 1808 meets a male angel, Xas and whose entire life is changed forever as a result Xas takes an interest in Sobran, which turns into friendship, and then much later I hate to tell of the plot, since the interest in the [...]

  23. The life of the winemaker Sobran, who gets a visit every year from an angel named Xas The writing was very beautiful just poetic enough, without crossing the line into pretentiousness Occasionally it was marred by grammatical errors, but I m a stickler I m not sure what made Sobran so special as to deserve to be an angel s best friend, but I did like him and enjoy seeing the world through his eyes I liked Aurora and adored Xas The friendships and loves among the three were sexy and moving I woul [...]

  24. This is a difficult novel to review Strange is the word that springs to mind The premise a lifelong friendship between an angel and a vintner interested me, because I like surreal and or paranormal stories When I started reading, I couldn t put it down because the imagery was beautiful and the philosophical discussions on religious beliefs interesting although, at times, too obscure So, what was the problem I had with this story I couldn t get emotionally attached to any of the characters There [...]

  25. There will never be words to adequately describe this masterpiece In these pages, Knox explores humanity, the idea of originality, of the influence of the divine And of course she writes of love, loving because of, not in spite of In my opinion, this is a very original piece, a novel idea Hundreds if not thousands have toyed with the influence of angels on humans, though few have dipped their toes into the influence humans have on angels.

  26. 3.5 stars this quite book is such a gently captivating read I tis the story of Sobran s life and his relationship with Xas his angel who agrees to meet him one night each year Flirtation, not love, was one of my favourite ways to describe this book until about halfway through where I feel hard as the love story grows and becomes heart wrenchingly wonderful The love story between Xas and Sobran was the part that truly captured me It isn t easy, they both struggle, as how can a relationship betwee [...]

  27. In the early part of the 19th century, a young winemaker sees an angel out in the field behind his house They talk for a while eventually they agree to meet every year on the same night I loved this premise it reminded me of one of my favorite stories ever,Neil Gaiman s Men of Good Fortune The difference is that Good Fortune is about someone who will live forever, while Luck takes place over a single human lifetime Also, in Luck, our human protagonist, Sobran, and his otherworldly visitor actual [...]

  28. This is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time I originally picked it up from half, as apparently it s out of print now when I heard that there was a film adaptation in production I hope that I enjoy the movie as much as I enjoyed the book Knox s characters are rich, believable and human especially her angels and the story an especially moving romance that delves deep in its exploration of death, obsession, and family She offers at the same time an alternate take on angels, heaven, [...]

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