Narrated by Juliet Stevenson.Challenge: What’s in a Name 2016, furniture category Genre: Contemporary lit Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible Why I read this now: I picked this one when looking for a TOB Long List audiobook and needed a furniture title for my WiaN challenge.
MOTIVATION for READING: Juliet Stevenson! TOB Long List! have always wanted to read an Edna O’Brien.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A war criminal attempts to escape his past and possible conviction as a war criminal for his treachery in the Bosnian-Serbian
Conflict War and ‘hides’ in a small Irish town. He slowly and with charm, sells his services as a healer. A woman who yearns for a child but has suffered miscarriages becomes a client. I won’t say more.
WHAT’s GOOD: It is a global book, a questioning story. So many questions.
What’s NOT so good: Those red chairs… Symbols of our humanity or lack thereof? Too many characters – I got lost and wondered why some were there. Also, not Juliet’s best narrations but she is still one of the greats. I found her American accent flawed but it is only a quick conversation, a super minor character. And just mentioning this feels like I’m diminishing the whole tale and it is a sad one. Of course, reading the goodreads reviews, I see the range of ratings and I must say the one-star reviews are insightful and not ones I disagree with. I was moved and compelled – like watching a train wreck but worse because it is based on true war horrors probably. Don’t feel bad about skipping this. I really do want to read another by this author.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Brutal. On goodreads, I wrote:
|This book just makes me want to crawl into the fetal position and sob. I don’t know what to rate it.|
Ch 11 “… and the cheese straws, the pies and trifles she had left on the stairs for him to find…”