Fever Dream

Thoughts  by Samanta Schweblin, Riverhead 2017, 192 pages

Translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell

Challenge: Tournament of Books 2018
Genre: Contemporary Lit?
Type/Source: eBook / Kindle-Amazon
 Why I read this now: It was next on the list with a prominent spot on the bracket chart. 

MOTIVATION for READING: This one has been on my want list for some time now! but I was often deterred by cost per page. Gulp. Please don’t ask how much I’ve spent this TOB.

WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is an odd fast-paced frantic story of poison.

It’s about … uh,

parents caring for their children, witchcraft, and the fuzzy blurring of dreams and reality? I think. And worms.

No, not really, no worms.

WHAT’s GOOD: The pacing, the atmosphere.

What’s NOT so good: It’s too short! But this likely makes it perfect.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I believe this one the Summer version of TOB which I failed to participate in for whatever reason (the reason was moving from NC to RI; my whole world turned topsy-turvy in a good way). So I missed the wonderful discussion but the few reviews I did read (mostly yesterday!) suggest big themes so if you are curious, read this book and then go find a few reviews.

RATING: Four slices of pie. No pie mentioned.

“Sooner or later something bad is going to happen,” my mother would say. “And when it happens I want to have you close.”

Your mother is not important.

 

 

pierating

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7 thoughts on “Fever Dream

    1. Well, it is so short, you’ll be almost done before you wonder if it’s for you! It would be a fun discussion book for a club, too, I think. One of those that you get more out of it when you hear others thoughts.

      1. I agree that this is a book where discussing it afterwards with other readers would likelydeepen the experience. There are quite a few of those kinds of books on the TOB this year. You know, where as a reader it is hard to be 100% sure if your interpretation is “right”? Like Stephan Florida and Idaho are both like that I think.

  1. “parents caring for their children, witchcraft, and the fuzzy blurring of dreams and reality? I think. And worms.”

    Parents caring for their children? Good.
    Witchcraft? Very good.
    Fuzzy blurring of dreams and reality? Concerning.
    Worms? It depends on whether it is a horror novel.

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