Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the muddy ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. Of his family, he is the only one who has survived. Under the guidance of Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Time is a blind guide. I strangled her with my arms, leaning over with my cheek against hers, as if somehow to see in the tiny black letters the world Bella saw.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Before I learned to read, angry to be left out,
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Purchased with a gift voucher, a 3 for 2 offer, this will go to either a charity shop or the book exchange.
Oh dear, another miss on the book front. Without a doubt this was a beautifully written novel, a first for Anne Michaels who is a published poet which probably goes a long way to explaining the overly poetic and flowery language used.
Very powerful at times and yet strangely lacking in emotion, it seems I don't enjoy books with an overly poetic script. No, I much prefer a book with a no-nonsense approach, a novel is which a spade is called a spade to use one of my nana's expressions.
Very philosophical in nature, this, to me, was not so much story as a collection of ideas and thoughts which at times came across almost as if the author was thinking aloud and recording these thoughts.
Not much better on the character front either, I felt as if we didn't get to know any of them well and as such I couldn't even begin to relate to any of them.
A real disappointment, this was another of those books in which using poetic language reigned supreme at the cost of all else.