"It was fairly violent, the way she stuffed the paper into his fist, like cramming an oversize letter into the mouth of a too-soft mailbox."
-"A Great Effort"
I do not think I was smart enough for this book. Was just confusing.
I always feel weird when I don‘t love books that other people love so this one feels weird. I didn‘t hate it, finished it quick, the translation was great and the short stories were a great break from novels. But magical realism is just not my thing and I think I need to accept that. But objectively, Schweblin is a spectacular storyteller, just not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed Fever Dream more than this collection. Though, there were a handful of standouts: My favorite was “Headlights,“ followed by “Olingiris,“ “The Size of Things,“ and “On the Steppe“ (all 3 of which I also wanted more of), then finally “Toward Happy Civilization.“ Parenthood, fertility, childhood baggage, and art were prevalent themes.
I enjoyed these odd little stories! The opening one was especially strong. Many of the tales in this collection feel a bit unresolved, but I kind of appreciated that. They felt more haunting that way, as if the larger horror (and in many of these, we‘ve already been faced with the unsettling) is just around the corner.
I didn‘t realize when I borrowed this that it was a short story collection. We‘ll see if it keeps me interested.
Snuck in TV time in between #24B4Monday and I am emotionally spent watching episode 3 of GoT. Wrapping up my time at 17:18:29. Mouthful of Birds is finished and Dread Nation has 7 chapters left to be read.
This was an odd one. I enjoyed some of the stories (Headlights, Preserves, and the title story), but others were a bit too odd. I did read the book all in one go, and I think it would have perhaps been better if I‘d dipped in and out.
Without doubt, Schweblin‘s stories are inventive, strange, dark and disturbing. And while some will stay with me (whether I want them to or not - looking at you, title story!), others felt like an idea that never quite took off, or that I‘m just not ‘getting‘. I haven‘t read Fever Dream - I might yet - but I suspect it‘s well-named.
And some seriously weird short-story reading from earlier today. I haven‘t quite decided what to make of this yet. It‘s dark, disturbing and very strange. Some of the stories may hang around my brain for quite some time. Yet to decide if this is a good thing!
But that cover! 😍
While I liked the taut, evocative writing and the gorgeous cover, the stories themselves often felt empty to me. These stories are absurd and sometimes horrific, but horror and absurdity alone are not enough for me. There are some really great stories here, but not enough to make up for the more so-so ones. 3⭐️ #manbookerinternational2019 #mbi2019
Dark and disturbing short story collection - some are excellent and some aren‘t so good. I liked unusual, eerie elements in them, but sometimes they felt too strange, just in purpose to unsettling the reader and to shocked them. While I do think that this is an interesting collection, with very intense, and at same time very calming prose, I don‘t think that this collection is award winning material ... but I recommend it 👇
Fever Dream was my favorite book of 2017. I tell everyone about it. I still think about it often. I was so excited to see Samanta Schweblin had a collection of short stories being published in English. They‘ve got the same feeling as Fever Dream, but they‘re so much more fleeting. It makes for a disorienting reading experience - I‘d expect nothing less.
This is another of the books I should have waited to read with my eyes instead of my ears--it's weird and speculative enough that I didn't tune in quite carefully enough to grasp everything. With that said, the moments I DID process were thoughtful and brilliantly written and weird. The title story is *phenomenal*! And after the brilliance of her #feverdream, I'm definitely a Schweblin fan. And that cover!!! 😍
Whiskey and I hanging out reading this evening and my library hold of Schweblin‘s book of short stories came in so I started in it. So far just as weirdly odd and creepy as “Fever Dream” and the first story- “Headlights” is a feminist howl! #DogsOfLitsy
I've been waiting for Schweblin's follow-up to Fever Dream. Here's hoping Mouthful of Birds lives up to my anticipation. 😁 Preordered, so it should arrive next week.
I'm going mostly challenge-less this year because I read too much based on my moods. I do want to read more from black women and I'm aiming for 20k pages. These are some of the books I'm most excited about this year!
Apparently it's possible to be disturbed and bored at the same time. I loved Fever Dream with it's feverish uncertainty and the lurking terror but in these stories the tone and techniques are so similar that it's difficult to distinguish between them. They merge together so much that short format becomes entangled so that I couldn't assess then individually and was left with a sense of dissatisfaction overall.
IS THIS THE REAL LIFE?!? *faints* 🦋🔥🖤