I did not enjoy this story as much as I thought I would. The plot is pretty good – undead workers keeping the city going, magic, half human half spirit people, homosexuality and conspiracies. This should have been a recipe for success. The only problem was the writing – I just couldn't get into it. The characters never felt real; I didn't believe their motivations or reactions. Things seemed to happen very quickly but with no real explanation. The overly complicated plot prevented any real character development.
There are three main protagonists; Thea, Freddy and Nan. Thea’s mother has the ‘boundsickness’ – couples are magically bound together upon marriage in the rustic and… Read more
Maud suffers from dementia; often forgetful but with an extensive memory, she lives in a strange blend of past and present. The frequent intermingling of time and place creates an often disrupted narrative that spans several decades. This unique style of writing meant that as I reader I really felt Maud’s confusion and powerlessness. From her perspective, her daughter and carers seemed at times insensitive and heartless, though as the book progresses and the repetitiveness of her questions and actions becomes apparent, the reader starts to see the boundless patience needed from her family and those who work in the care industry. Maud’s daughter and granddaughter still managed to be… Read more
I saw this book being discussed on Bookriot and knew I had to read it.
At first I just thought it was a good read, but as the chapters went on and the different plot strands developed, I found myself hooked.
It follows the story of Jun Do, and his experiences span a whole host of different lives, each one more interesting than the next. I had heard a little about N. Korea before, but this novel really made me want to find out more. The story telling is cunningly brilliant and the bittersweet endings make this an unforgettable read.