I don’t do many reviews. I should, knowing how helpful they can be. But I’m not sure a book like this really needs another review. It won the Pulitzer Prize! But here’s my brief take on it.
I wasn’t convinced at first. Despite the stunning writing, I didn’t really think it was going anywhere. But the more I read, the more desperately beautiful it was, and the more the sense built that something terrible was lurking on the next page.
Some of the throw away lines about what people do to survive, what and who they eat, are possibly better glossed over. I’ve returned to a few of these sentences and actually thought about what is being said. When put in relation to my life (and my kids…), it is horrific.
And any author who can describe a trout as ‘polished and muscular and torsional’ deserves attention.
In short? It’s tragic, touching and brilliant.
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