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By Elizabeth Knox | Comments: ( 470 ) | Date: ( Sep 17, 2019 )

An alternate cover of this ISBN can be found here A week after midsummer, when the festival fires were cold, and decent people were in bed an hour after sunset, not lying dry mouthed in dark rooms at midday, a young man named Sobran Jodeau stole two of the freshly bottled wines to baptize the first real sorrow of his life The year is 1808, the place Burgundy, France AAn alternate cover of this ISBN can be found here A week after midsummer, when the festival fires were cold, and decent people were in bed an hour after sunset, not lying dry mouthed in dark rooms at midday, a young man named Sobran Jodeau stole two of the freshly bottled wines to baptize the first real sorrow of his life The year is 1808, the place Burgundy, France Among the lush vines of his family s vineyard, Jodeau, 18 years old and frustrated in love, is about to come face to face with a celestial being But this is no sentimental Touched by an Angel seraph as imagined by Elizabeth Knox in her wildly evocative and original novel, Xas is equipped with a glorious pair of wings pure sinew and bone under a cushion of feathers and an appetite for earthly pleasures wine, books, gardening, conversation, and, eventually, carnal love The fateful meeting between man and angel occurs on June 27 After an evening during which Sobran spills all his troubles and Xas gently advises him, the angel promises to return on the same night next year to toast Sobran s marriage Thus begins a friendship that will last for 55 years, spanning marriages, wars, births, deaths, and even the vast distances between heaven, earth, and hell In addition to the wonderfully flawed Sobran and his mysterious angel, Knox brilliantly limns secondary characters who are deeply sympathetic from Sobran s unstable wife, Celeste, and his troubled brother, Leon, to his dear friend and confidante, the Baroness Aurora Love, murder, madness, and a singular theology that would make a believer out of the most hardened atheist all add up, in The Vintner s Luck, to a novel that will break your heart yet leave you wishing for Alix Wilber


  • Title: The Vintner's Luck
  • Author: Elizabeth Knox
  • ISBN: 9780099273899
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Elizabeth Knox

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



Comments The Vintner's Luck

  • mark monday

    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.


  • Tiffany Reisz

    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.


  • Robin

    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 [...]


  • Alexis

    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 [...]


  • Nikki

    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 t [...]


  • Kirstine

    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 [...]


  • effie

    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 T [...]


  • Mo

    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 ann [...]


  • Chris Horsefield

    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 [...]


  • ˗ˏˋ eg ˎˊ˗

    4.5 starsMy heart has been completely pulverised holy hell


  • Clair

    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 jus [...]


  • Debbie Zapata

    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 [...]


  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂

    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; Sou [...]


  • Julio Genao

    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!


  • Isa Lavinia

    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 tw [...]


  • Marcie

    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 wh [...]


  • Alexis Hall

    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.


  • Ann M

    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 more 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. I [...]


  • Kat ☠

    ~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 more, 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 betwee [...]


  • Laxmama

    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.


  • Lily

    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.


  • Mel

    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 [...]


  • Carrie

    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) more. I hate to tell more of the plot, since the in [...]


  • Res

    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 mov [...]


  • Judy Croome

    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 o [...]


  • Absinthe

    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.


  • Abi Walton

    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 [...]


  • Tatiana

    3.5 звездыФранция, 1808 год. Как-то раз летней ночью юный винодел Собран сталкивается лицом к лицу с самым настоящим ангелом. Сдружившись, они договариваются отныне раз в год этого числа встречаться на холме, где впервые увидели друг друга.Идут годы, Собран женится, обзаводитс [...]


  • Trin

    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 otherwo [...]


  • Cassian

    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, [...]


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