Invisible Child by Carol Macfie Lange

Invisible Child by Carol M Lange
Invisible Child by Carol M Lange

Invisible Child by Carol Macfie Lange

INVISIBLE CHILD is about a boy who is hidden and then abandoned by his parents when soldiers of the fascist tyrant General Franco take them by force from their mountain village. His father is mortally wounded and his mother is taken prisoner. The boy escapes to the wild mountains of Andalucia and survives for years by living in a cave, hunting and foraging for food. His driving mission is to find the betrayer of his family and bring them to justice, or revenge.
His lone journey into manhood leads him to a discovery of passionate love and to the secret of his birth …

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I loved this book, especially all the references to Franco’s Spain. Very interesting read. I would recommend it for a book club, or for anyone!

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This book had me gripped from start to finish. It is beautifully written, with stunning descriptions that I actually had to read aloud to bask in the poetry of the language! The characters are well defined and easy to associate with. None of them were black and white, each having in-depth back stories that gave deeper dimensions to their personalities.This book taught me a lot about Franco’s reign (a period of history I previously knew very little about) and made me interested enough to research the history behind the book. It is a stark and horrifying history, which is well represented in this book with some truly unnerving and sickening depictions of cruelty that I am thankful to have never witnessed myself.

The tone of the book reminded me of one of my favourite novels, ‘Two Brothers’ by Ben Elton, in the way it developed each character’s story and how they crossed paths in a time of great repression and persecution (Two Brothers in set in Nazi Germany.) What this book managed to do more successfully than the Elton novel was to weave a story that was gripping and emotional beyond the time period it took place in. The events and characters were good in their own right and I was gripped by what was happening in their interactions, instead of merely dragging myself through a disturbing depiction of horrors. I actually enjoyed reading this book, as opposed to Elton’s which, though brilliant, was an uncomfortable book to get through.

I was very impressed with the quality of writing, the use of language and the story development in this book, which I believe may be the first of a series. If so, I cannot wait to get my hands on the second (especially as the ending packed one of the biggest punches I’ve read in a long time!)


By polly Holbrook on 22 May 2014

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Invisible Child is set in the Alpuharras in Southern Spain where Carol Macfie Lange lives for much of her time. Her love of this area is strongly shown in her description of the wild and savage, yet very beautiful, countryside which provides a background to this tale of loss and cruelty in a village during Franco’s time. This sensitively written story of betrayal is lightened by the underlying hope and eventual happiness that still survives in such hardship. This is a fantastic first book and I look forward to reading the sequel.

By Cristina Parry on 17 May 2014

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I really enjoyed reading this book. It cleverly combined fact and fiction. But i didn’t feel I was lost if i didnt know everything about Spanish history. It explored the complexity of human emotions and had some great twists that kept me glued to the book. The characters were interesting and there was never a single side to them so sometimes you felt sympathy and revultion at the same time. If you like drama and a well written storyline you will enjoy this book!

By Des Birch on 3 July 2014

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What a gripping book, made more so for me as I lived for two years in the mountains of Andalucia. I felt for the characters and how they were forced to change, simply to survive. This author drives home what it means to live through a civil war and why it is often referred to as the worst type of war. There are highs and lows in the book, it is exciting all the way through and not even the ending is predictable. Try reading even the prologue and you will get a taste of what is in store. A great book, well done!

By Tarian Green on 1 July 2014

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This book was a fascinating and beautifully written read. I mostly enjoyed the way Carol Lange gets under the skin of her characters, making them very believable. The story had me gripped from the first page and stayed with me long after I’d finished. If you are looking for a book that’s guaranteed to hold your interest I would look no further. I look forward to reading more of Mss Lange’s books.
By Maricel on 10 Sept. 2014

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This is a moving tale about a boy abandoned when his parents are “disappeared” by Franco’s fascists.
It was a page-turner, following the survival strategies of the characters right to the surprise ending, when I was left wanting more. It is set up for a sequel, so I hope this is forthcoming!
The description of the landscape and the boy’s relationship with nature and his lover were beautiful and at times poetic. I liked the quotations preceding each chapter, setting the atmosphere for what followed.
The character of the good doctor, don Carrillo, provided a good balance to the cruelty of this turbulent era in Spain. As a dog lover, I liked the endearing account of an abandoned dog who becomes a kindred spirit to the boy in his isolation

Our Guest today on  our Q & A is the author of Invisible Child, Carol Macfie Lange

Invisible Child is about a boy’s survival in Franco’s Spain

Invisible Child by Carol Macfie Lange
Invisible Child by Carol Macfie Lange

Q. Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?  
*   My two daughters have sustained and encouraged me in everything I’ve ever done.

Q.Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
*   I write every morning between 8 a m to  2 p m in the mountain  village of Darrical Spain, or room in Albuquerque, New Mexico or a room Oxford England, and try not to deviate from the discipline of this.

Q.What motivates you to write?  
*  I write because I have something to say and because I say it best through theatre or words.

Q.What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?  
*  Sometimes I’m distracted by someone’s flat tyre or inflated ego, but try to dodge them both.

Q.What part of the world do you live in?
*   I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and now spend time in Andalucia, SpainAlbuquerque, New Mexico;  and Oxford, England.

Q.Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
*  The ‘dreaming’ takes time but it’s not really a block, more like a deep breath before taking off again.

Q.Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
*   I took a creative writing semester as part of BA Theatre Arts at Santa Fe College of Performing Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico and found it helpful;   postgraduate in English from Westminster College, Oxford, England, with good feedback;  find writers’ group I’m involved with in Oxford, England stimulating.

Q.Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
*  I’m glad to have self-published, not sure I have time to wait out the rejections slips of traditional publishing!

Q.Have you ever tried to find an agent?
*  I haven’t yet tried to find an agent, but think a good one would be very useful in finding the right publisher.

Q.Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
*  Writing is what I have always done and want to do in my life, published or not.

Q.How long have you been writing?
*  I wrote my first novel in a school notebook at age eight, published a few short stories and poetry while doing other 
    jobs, but never stopped writing.

Q.What drew you to want to write a book?
*  There are things I need to say, stories I want to tell.

Q.From where did you get the idea for this current story?
*  I got the idea for INVISIBLE CHILD (A Boy’s Survival in Franco’s Spain) from talking to an old man in the Spanish mountain village of Darrical where I lived;  he told me things with tears in his eyes, things I could not forget.   This is his story and the story of many like him.

Q.How did you go about developing it?
*  To get it done I joined National Novel Writing Month and finished it in seventeen days.  The idea, however, had been
    “cooking” for four years, waiting to be born.

Q.What is your next project?
*  I’m working on a longer sequel to Invisible Child, and on children’s stories.

Thank you Carol for sharing with us today, to purchase Carol’s Invisible Child from click HERE and HERE for Amazon UK

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