Man of Clay

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Connie lives in a modern day harem with her ex, the next two wives and their five children. It's a 'sensible' arrangement that cracks when a new woman arrives on the scene. Is this one wife too many? As she builds her last collection of ceramics, Connie reflects on longing, serial monogamy and his career as a herpetologist. The kiln fires hotter than the crematorium. More
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About Victoria Osborne

Born in London, England, Victoria has lived in Sydney, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She now lives in Melbourne.

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Reviews of Man of Clay by Victoria Osborne

MarkGreenS reviewed on Nov. 1, 2015

The author presents quite an interesting situation that leaves the reader thinking and trying to come up with answers as of to what would oneself do in a similar situation, which makes not only the story but also the thought process of reading this novel a very engaging one.

Definitely a thought-provoking book, Connie’s “adventures” are unique and revealed with elegance in writing… thus making me find the plot and rhythm of fantastic quality. Two pillars that are delivered not only professionally but in a excellent manner.

Characters are developed and with strong and clear personalities, allowing the reader to vividly imagine each one of them; combine this with the written above and you can guess my opinion towards Victoria Osborne’s writing ability.

Not wanting to spoil the whole story, I’ll share concrete details for anyone to have a good idea of what the story is about. The main character, Connie, is absolutely in love with her ex-husband, which she ended up divorcing due to the guilt felt by her for not being able to give him another child. The husband, Jude, marries more than one woman throughout the novel and it all follows a situation where Jude’s women are living together with all the kids that have been born from these marriages. This seems to work until there appears to be a new woman in Jude’s life, which creates a series of events and circumstances that are the core of the novel.

In summation, the engaging characters and very well executed rhythm and style of the book makes it a great reading experience. Connie is keen on using analogies to describe her life which also adds a very nice and unique touch.

It is a first-person and well-written novel that brings forth raw emotion that turns into new and fresh perspectives. If you like innovation and mind opening novels, you’ll definitely enjoy this one… just as I did.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Kellie444 reviewed on Oct. 29, 2015

Man of Clay was definitely an interesting story. I can relate to the whole artist and independent thing being involved with an artist myself, but I found the many wives quite different than what I am use too. I thought the author did a fantastic on portraying the character of Connie. She dealt with things through her art. In a sense, she's a real women and can only handle so much. It was an emotional read for me, but an excellent one at that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Third Phase reviewed on Oct. 23, 2015

"Man of Clay" captured my interest within the first few pages, despite being a tad bit slowly paced. I learned very quickly that it isn't a book that uses action to grab your attention, rather it uses the human element - namely through the primary character, Connie.

You can tell from the get-go that this is going to be a very involved and character-driven story, which is certainly the type of story that I prefer. A good character story keeps you reading in the same manner as a mystery novel, except instead of trying to discover the identity of the killer, you're reading to understand the relationships, motives, thoughts, and feelings that play among the people in the story.

It takes a capable writer to pull off a truly compelling character-driven story, and I have to say that Osborne did a great job from the start. You can't "phone in" this kind of story, which is why most independent writers don't try to tackle them. When someone does it well, as she has done here, it's worth taking note.

I definitely recommend giving it a read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
JenniferReadsIt reviewed on Oct. 22, 2015

Connie, whose point of view we hear, works in ceramics. With her ex-mate Jude she has a son named Peter, a young man in law school. This story is set at the change of the century, recent history, as my older brother who is in his 40s, was born the same year as Peter. Connie feels that pottery “gets” her; speaking from experience as I took art classes once (one of them sculpture related) I know that female artists tend to enjoy having their “space” (in regard to the issue of the other wives).

Jude, a biology professor, has a strong devotion to the study of herpetology; of which I could relate as I used to be fascinated by tiny cricket frogs I’d find outdoors, to the point of trying to capture them and keep them in a terrarium (they didn’t survive).

Later on I discovered aquatic-natured African dwarf frogs; which I loved because on a quiet morning I could hear them singing in their tank.

I enjoyed the author’s matter-of-fact, but colorful writing style. It is definitely not an ordinary story about “one big happy” family. Man of Clay made me think about all sorts of things; families, serial monogamy, ceramics and frogs!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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