Monday, 28 March 2016
I've gobbled up this book over Easter. At 580 pages, it was a multi-day read, but well worth it.
I was hooked by the first page. The irreverant, jaunty style of Elizabeth Gilbert's writing makes this book a joy to read. I usually avoid historical fiction, but I had no trouble joining Alma Whittaker in 1800.
Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her memoir writing, including Eat, Pray, Love, but she's also a fabulous fiction writer.
Joe Bennett's first novel is awesome. If you like New Zealand fiction, you'll love this book.
Even though it is set after the Christchurch earthquakes and could have been a depressing read, it is instead an uplifting, interesting story about a man and a dog living in an abandoned hotel.
The main character has had a hard life, there's no doubt about that. But this book heaves with humanity as well as sentences that sparkle.