Wednesday, 25 June 2014
The Best of 2013 - 2014
We've had a really great reading list this year and picking just one book was too difficult! In fact for a long while we had three contenders. Finally we settled on two books....
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.
Out Stealing Horses is a book rich in material to discuss. Its characters are vivid and complex; they are secretive or, perhaps, discrete. Trond, a young boy of fifteen in post-war Norway, observes and participates in events that he will only truly understand when he is sixty-seven and living in the woods once again. It is a powerful unfolding of his past. The seemingly simple story reveals the complexity of people and of life as layers of the story are peeled back over time. This is a novel of place and of people. It is extremely well-written and thought provoking.
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
All Fireside Readers attending agreed that Indian Horse is a fine, fine book. In particular, we responded to the simplicity and cadence of the writing. Indian Horse flowed as if it were a told, rather than written story. The language was deceptive - it was easy to read, however, it was not easy to take, and we all had strong emotional responses to Saul’s story.
The story felt real. We felt betrayed like Saul had been, as the extent of Father Leboutiler’s perfidy was revealed. And we wept. Rage was there too, at the church, at our government and at our society that so carelessly allowed all that abuse to happen.
P.S. Check out A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash - it's another fine book club read!