Tag: Translated

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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Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones | Review

Title: The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 330

Rating: 3/5

 

 

I have pretty mixed feelings about this one, mainly because I didn’t really enjoy reading it but I still feel glad that I picked it up. I think it’s one of those where most of the fuss about it comes from the writing style, and in my case, I didn’t really like it. In fact, it read almost like translated fiction, which kind of weirded me out. I actually checked the front to see whether a translator was listed, but no dice. It turns out it’s not translated, it’s just a little weird.

Then there’s the ending, which honestly just infuriated me and made me wish I’d not stuck with it. I don’t think I would have if it hadn’t been a buddy read. As is, I don’t really have too much to say about this and I don’t really know what I’ll have to talk about with her. It was a slow burner, heavily character driven and just written in a way that I didn’t enjoy. What more can I say?

I did like the actual idea here, I think it was just the execution that I wasn’t a fan of. This seems to be the case quite a lot with books that I pick up purely because they’re popular, and indeed it’s one of the reasons why I’ve been being more selective recently. But I’d bought this one a while back and I thought it would be a shame to get rid of it, and so here we are.

Would I recommend it? I mean, probably not, I can’t think of anyone who I think should go out of their way to give it a go. But at the same time, it’s not like it’s a bad book. It’s just boring and a little bland with too much to say for itself. So there’s that.

 

 

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