Title: Melted Into Air
Author: Sandi Toksvig
Page Count/Review Word Count: 250
This is my second of Sandi Toksvig’s books, and the most interesting thing to me is the fact that there have been two in a row that have had connections to the theatre. They’ve also both had a line in them about how actors should play kings and queens because they get to sit down and don’t have to hold props.
But other than that, there’s not too much that this has in common with the other, Hitler’s Canary. This is basically a kind of contemporary novel in which a woman returns to her birth country of Italy, pretty much against her will, and has to come to terms with an incident that happened in her youth.
I’m not sure how much more I can say without giving the plot away, but prepare yourself for a hefty dose of religion and an even heftier dose of art. And, because the action takes place in Italy, there’s also plenty of references to Italian culture and the local language. I don’t speak any Italian, but it did make me think I should send this on to my friend Charles Heathcote, who does.
It’s a pretty decent little read, but I don’t think it’s for everyone and I’m not even sure if it was for me. I don’t think I would have kept on reading if it wasn’t written by Toksvig.