Monday, 4 July 2016
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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stunning! Almost a prose poem I suppose. Helps if you know about Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Poe's Raven, and the Cowbie ballads.
Ostensibly a brief piece about a young man and his young sons coping with the death of the wife/mother. It's moving, annoying, even wryly amusing in places and for those of us who know grief personally there's a lot of truth in the book.
Well worth a read if you have struggled with grief, or like prose poems, or like experimental writing.
And it really is an outstanding first 'novel?' It is called a novel but I think it goes beyond the bounds of the novel.
Just try it and see what you think.
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