Tag: Deep

Olga Tokarczuk – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead | Review

Title: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Author: Olga Tokarczuk

Category: Fiction

Page Count: 272

Rating: 4.5/5

This is potentially a late entry into my list of favourite books of the year, and so I’m definitely glad that I picked it up. I think I heard about it from BookTube, although I can’t remember where I first saw it. I mentioned it to my girlfriend in passing and then she grabbed me a copy for Christmas, and it turned out that Charlie Heathcote was reading it at the same time, so we did a buddy read.

It’s a Polish book that’s been translated, a sort of noir-ish literary fiction murder mystery, and it has some deep takes on life and philosophy that we can all learn from. It’s one of those rare books with a delicious mouth feel where for me at least, it was just a pleasure to read all of the way through. I didn’t want it to stop, but I guess eventually and inevitably, it had to.

If you’re looking for philosophical fiction with a poetic feel, you’re in luck. It also scores a few diversity points if that’s your thing, being written by a woman and originally in Polish. But those are all little bonuses, the icing on a delicious cake that I’m super glad I heard about.

I have no idea whether Charlie liked it as much as I did, but I’m sure he’ll be posting about it on Goodreads and on his BookTube channel, so you can find out there. Enjoy!

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Yann Martel – Life of Pi | Review

Title: Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 320

Rating: 3*/5

 

Yann Martel - Life of Pi

Yann Martel – Life of Pi

 

Yeah, I’m not really sure what the fuss is about. But then, that happens a lot when I pick up award-winners, and this one won the Man Booker Prize in 2002, so maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. I also think that if I’d known a bit more about the book then I wouldn’t have bothered with it, as I picked it up knowing nothing except that I’d heard good things about it.

The problem that I had was that while the writing itself was pretty good, nothing really happened. I felt throughout as though I was meant to be asking myself these deep questions about life and religion, but nothing like that was forthcoming. Instead, it felt more like when I read the Oxford English Dictionary – I just kept ploughing through to the end, just so I could say that I’d done it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I read it. I just don’t think I could recommend it to anyone else without warning them first. Possibly the strangest thing about it was that when I got confused about what was actually supposed to be happening, I actually enjoyed it more than the main narrative. It was a welcome relief and it helped me to pretend I was reading something else for a while.

What I will say is that I haven’t yet watched the movie. Originally, my plan was to pick up the movie after reading the book, but now I’m not so sure. Still, I imagine that the movie is at least visually spectacular, which means that even if nothing happens for two hours, I’ll get plenty of cool shots of a tiger on a tiny boat. Speaking of which, I still don’t understand how Pi never spotted the damn thing. Seems impossible to miss.

 

Yann Martel

Yann Martel

 

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