Finally got around to it!
I got this as an audiobook and bc it's written in prose I think it would be better if this one was read and not read to me. So I'm putting this one back on the shelf until I can get my hands on a copy.
Well, why did I leave this short book on my shelf unread for so long? Because I was afraid of its hit to my solar plexus, that‘s why. And hit it did. I think Porter conveys the heart-wrenching story of this small family creatively and well. His prose poem style is gentle until it‘s not. I was especially moved by the Dad sections, and glad to have Crow for some levity in between.
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Right after this grieving dad‘s feelings gut me, the author adds a groan-y quirky laugh. The idea that missing someone is physical is how I‘ve experienced it as well. The fridge magnet, not so much.
After spending May primarily reading two books—one super long, one super deep—I‘m officially reading all the short books I can grab from my shelves. Already finished the King on the top of the pile. Planning to read Binti: Home on Kindle also. (The Atwood and Johnson aren‘t super short, but I‘m breaking my own rules here.)
Apologies to everyone who follows my blog. I‘ll be piling on the reviews accordingly.
A short read which flicks quickly from the differing perspectives of grieving father, his children and the crow. Evocative language capturing the different stages of grief and healing. A sad but also uplifting book.
My first post and always a bit nervous to give my view on books for fear of sounding stoopid. But...absolutely loves this, I‘ve never read anything like it as a novel, more poetry in places than prose. Parts of it were way over my head but the bits I did get were so moving and relatable. Highly recommend
A gorgeous read on a snowy Sunday morning. The point of view hops around from Dad, Boys, and Crow after a family loses their wife/mum and this strange, funny, flippant, dark bird that is their Loss/Mum/Memories/Grief/Hope flaps into their lives to usher in these painful, beautiful truths: that she is both gone and that she will never leave them. The last page was a gut punch of love and missing. Poetic, spare, fast, uncapturable.
Hold on to your hats!! January 2019 was a great reading month: here is a general overview (continued in comments).
have read more this month than ever before, thanks to two read-a-thons (Boutabook and 24in48) 14 in total.
3 5 star reads that I can recommend without hesitation are :
Normal People: Sally Rooney 5 🌟
Grief is the Thing with Feathers: Max Porter 5 🌟
The Cut Out Girl: Bert van Es 5 (winner of the Costa Award) 5 🌟
My nana sadly passed away Dec 4th. She was full of laughs, great conversation and love. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been her granddaughter. Every Saturday when I was young me, my brother and my cousin would sleep at her house and we genuinely had the best times. So many lovely and funny memories I will always remember. I just wanted to share this here as a little remembrance to her as it‘s our first Christmas without her ♥️
🗣 Littens! Please See @Laylafinn ‘s post above. Her sweet girl is suffering a great loss and she‘d love book suggestions about grief appropriate for a 12 year old. 💔 She‘d also love it if we could send sweet Layla a Christmas card to help brighten her season. I know we can flood her with kindness. Who‘s in?? Please see the original post - or if you respond here, please tag @Laylafinn so Nicolette can see it. THANK YOU!!
This is the story of a family surviving the death of the mother with the help of the crow. Its told from the point of view of the Dad, the boys and the crow. I loved the voices of the Dad and the Boys but didn't always get the voice of the crow. There were some very poignant moments, overall I enjoyed this novella. And I'm very excited to have finished a physical book.
This was the book I picked up from the library. First physical book I've started in a long time. With two little ones its hard to find the time to sit with an actual book.
Wie ich das Buch fand?
Schwer zu sagen!
Ich möchte den Stil, ich mochte die Thematik und trotzdem lässt das Buch mich etwas ratlos zurück.
Es hat mich berührt, hat mich unterhalten, aber irgendwie hat etwas gefehlt!
Ich denke, dass Buch wird mich noch etwas beschäftigen!
#HeatofJuly #IllBeMissingYou this slim novella packs a powerful punch🥊 I read it last year, and even though I didn‘t fully understand all the symbolism, I understood that grief and grieving is a timely and complicated process.
@TrishB I am so sorry for what you and your family and friends are going through. I can‘t imagine how hard today must have been. Thinking of you and sending lots of love and hugs.
Just read this super quick read and parts of it were incredibly beautiful and truly moving. The crow functions as one of the #tbirds - a trickster figure who reveals shadowy half-truths to the grieving father and his two sons.
Heartbroken that I'm not in Galway (why do places have to be far away??) to see Cillian Murphy in this play 💔😭
Would have been impetus to finally read the book, as well 😳
Definite bit of #litsyfomo this afternoon 🤦♀️.... I buckled and headed to the Boxing Day sale on Bookoutlet.com ..... Definitely going to have to hide the box when it arrives! 😂🤷♀️
Macabre, beautiful, poetic, humorous, gut-wrenching. This quick, short novel about a father and his two sons grieving the sudden death of their mother reads like a lyrical fable. The story begins with the arrival of Crow, a strange antagonist whose objective is to stay until he is no longer needed. It ends with some of the most beautiful lines I've ever read, that feel stunning and peaceful but also like a punch in the gut.
Read this in 2016 . "Moving on ,as a concept, is for stupid people because any sensible person knows grief is a long term project. "A poetic,strong book, all who have lost someone can appreciate how he deflects the platitudes and gathers his life with his sons and finds a way to hold on .Lovely details of how we remember a loved one and the little things that continue to break ones heart in loss.
Getting ready for my first @24in48 readathon! I fully realize that this is an overambitious stack, but I figure I will start with the books on the top of my "to read" pile.
For #CelebrityLove in the #sizzlinsummerbooks challenge, i present this book that I won during the last #24in48, and I finished last night! A big part of it, and the source of one of the main chcaracters...it's a weird book... is Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read more Ted Hughes.
What a heartbreaking, daring, beautiful novel.
A father and his two young sons loose their wife/mother unexpectedly and are left devastated.
What is grief, how to deal with it? Little peeks into the lives and souls of the 'dad' and the 'boys' with and without their wife/mother show how they deal or don't with grief. The not wanting to move on, yet moving on anyhow. The last sentences. The tribute to their wife/mother. Loved it. #ToB
I like ambiguous colours that make me ask "is it blue/green/grey?", colours that keep me looking. This short book is like that: is it prose/poetry/tragedy/meditation/farce? All of those. Is it pretentious? Quite possibly. Is it moving? At times, deeply so. Did I like it? ... I don't know. But I want to look again. It's intriguing.
In this inventive and strange novella/poem/what-even-is-this thing about death and grief, Porter channeled Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee and made her a giant trickster crow intent on helping a family through their grief over the sudden loss of their mother and wife. It did not make me laugh or cry as promised by the reviews, but it is beautifully written, and I liked it.