Excellent but gloomy,
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This review is from: Gone to the Forest (Paperback)
This novel came highly recommended. Kitamura's restrained style of writing was said to be reminiscent of Coetzee, and with that I agree. The content matter of "Gone to the Forest "evokes Cootzes's novel "Waiting for the Barbarians", which I read and enjoyed some years ago, All the members of my reading group also enjoyed it.
It remains to be seen whether Kitamura will be "a new Cooetze" as I understand she is a budding writer. Judging from this novel she can certainly stand on her own two feet.
Not exactly a page turner, Gone to the Forest is nevertheless a very good read. It took me a couple of days to finish. The writing is excellent, there is not one superfluous word. That being said it's not a book that instills faith in the human race. It's rather gloomy and depressing, and the ending is not for the weak at heart.
Nevertheless, I shall certainly be looking out for Katie Kitamura! She is a truly original writer:-)