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Max Porter

Teoksen Grief is the Thing with Feathers tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Max Porter is the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which made the Goldsmiths Prize shortlist 2015. This title also was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

Sisältää nimen: Max Porter

Tekijän teokset

Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015) 1,460 kappaletta
Lanny (2019) 870 kappaletta
Shy (2023) 147 kappaletta
The Death of Francis Bacon (2021) 113 kappaletta
The Hill (2023) 10 kappaletta
Jerome's Study (2018) 5 kappaletta

Associated Works

Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Avustaja — 103 kappaletta
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Avustaja — 58 kappaletta
Best British Short Stories 2022 (2022) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta

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This was difficult to follow at first but then I found it really interesting. I liked the way the writer uses language. The entire time I was reading it though - I kept thinking "A Clockwork Orange" - I was expecting the characters to stop in at a milk bar at any moment...
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Bambean | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 20, 2024 |
Not going to rate, because this book clearly was not for me, but I appreciated the weird, unique talent that compiled it.
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therebelprince | 52 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |
An odd little novella about a family mourning their wife and mother and a crow that moves in to help them deal with their grief. The Ted Hughes allusions went over my head, though I know he wrote a "crow" book. The title, of course, refers to Emily Dickinson's poem, which begins:

"Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -"

I don't think I totally "got" this book but I enjoyed the listen. Grief is such a hard thing to write about - so complex and personal - but Porter does it well.

4 stars
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katiekrug | 77 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 31, 2024 |
Lanny "déjà vu all over again"
Review of the Strange Light paperback edition (May 14, 2019) of the original Faber & Faber hardcover (March 7, 2019).

I was probably fated not to love this book after my experience with the eBook edition which I briefly summarized in Warning Review: Avoid Microscopic Kindle Edition. I did give the book another chance though and was able to source a paperback copy from the library. This was mostly readable, even of most of the bizarre curlicue fonts, except for a sequence of pages 89-91 where the gobbledygook nonsense is even printed superimposed on itself.

See photo at https://scontent-ord5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/434412145_26034430556155717_8...
Photo of pages 90-91 of the paperback edition

That just angered me all over again. The feeling is enhanced when you actually try to read some of that stuff and it is basically meaningless with no relationship to the main plot. I suppose it is meant as the OCD ramblings of the mythological spirit named as Dead Papa Toothwort who plays a possible antagonistic role in the proceedings.

The rest of the story did have its charms. A young boy Lanny is taken under the wing of a resident elderly artist Pete Blythe while his mother Josie is busy writing a crime novel and father Robert is off in the big city doing something in the investment banking field. About 1/2 way through Lanny goes missing and the village joins forces in the search. There is definitely an outstanding sequence where mother Josie interacts in a dialogue & a stream of consciousness back and forth with a cantankerous neighbour woman named Mrs. Larton. That was at least worth the price of admission.

However it is points off for a gratuitous butchery of a hedgehog scene and the stupid use of the unreadable font passages. A 3-rating is my compromise.
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alanteder | 52 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 25, 2024 |



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