MOTIVATION for READING: I’ve heard good things about this moving story.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A man loses his wife, his two sons lose a mother. A crow moves in to help them grieve.
WHAT’s GOOD: The style, the cadence, the imagery.
What’s NOT so good: I admit that I am not much of a Ted Hughes fan but that is probably because the only thing I know about him is that he was Sylvia Platt’s husband. But I tried to drop my bias because I’m not sure I have given him proper consideration. That said, this book is somewhat based — I’m assuming – on a Hughes’ Crow poem. (I had to google that. Could have been part of the fiction for all I know.)
FINAL THOUGHTS: I really did enjoy this sad yet hopeful poetic work. It reads very fast. It begs to be read aloud, as I assume poetic works do.
RATING: Four slices of pie. No pie mentioned.
Look at that, look, did I or did I not, oi, look, stab it.
Good book, funny bodies, open door, slam door, spit this, lick that, lift, oi, look, stop it.
Tender opportunity. Never mind, every evening, crack of dawn, all change, all meat this, all meat that, separate the reek. Did I or did I not, ooh, tarmac, macadam. Edible, sticky, bad camouflage.
Strap me to the mast or I’ll bang her until my mathematics poke out her sorry, sorry, sorry, look! A severed hand, bramble, box of swans, box of stories, piss-arc, better off, must stop shaking, must stay still, mast stay still.
I also wrote down more poets to investigate: Ibn ‘Arabi, Shostakovich, Osip Mandelstam, R.S.Thomas.