My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Flute Player is a whimsical fairytale set during the bombing of France during WWII. The story is split between a hospital and a village situated in a magical land that exists between reality and dreams. A young lady has had an accident and lies in a coma, whilst simultaneously existing in this other place. Her arrival in the other world becomes hugely significant to a young man that serves as the flute player in the village. The young man has spent his entire life atoning for the accidental death of the original flute player, but is still struggling to come to terms with the civic position and is also seeking inspiration.
The writing has the charm and tone of a Grimm’s fairytale, but is written for adults, as it deals with themes that only an adult would understand. The author has a tendency of using words that are an ill-fit and seem plucked from the pages of a thesaurus, although the occurrence is rare enough not to become a serious flaw. However, if the writer was attempting to convey something deeply meaningful and transcendent, he fails as the story failed to make a lasting impression, lacking in complexity and depth.
It is a fair read to fill the time over a short journey or just to enjoy the light-hearted play of words.