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Grief is the Thing with Feathers lives up to the reviews by The Times,” Amazing and Unforgettable”; Guardian books of the year,” Unlike anything I’ve read before”; Guardian, “Heartrending, blackly funny, deeply resonant!” Google Books wrote, it’s “…part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief. Max Porter’s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect … is a startingly original and haunting debut by a significant new talent.”

It’s a beautifully written book, short but powerful, it’s a novel about grief and loss.

Max Porter, tells us of the story about a dad, his two sons whose wife and mother has sadly died. Then a crow appears in their lives and just as quickly disappears. He’s often challenging the dad’s ideas of grief and also helps the boys heal.

It’s wonderfully written, with lyrical prose that was confronting at first. It was a bit tough to begin with but once I got the rhythm of the book, I couldn’t put it down. Yes, there is a rhythm to it, as soon as you identify the different voice and pace of each character, it was a pleasure to read. That didn’t take long at all.

Before I read the book, I found quite a few reviews where people didn’t like it. That may have tainted my thoughts about reading it but once you feel the rhythm, you’ll feel the depth.

Crow is a mischievous, playful, fascinating and complex character. He’s very wise and forces dad to confront he’s grief in ways that are most uncomfortable. Crow also appears to the boys and helps them heal and live life alongside grief.

Crow leads them through to find their way in the world without a wife and mother.

This is grief

  • it’s uncomfortable
  • weird
  • surreal
  • unbelievable
  • hopeless
  • helpless

Yet if we go through grief and not try to avoid it, you learn to find hope again.

Here’s what I loved

  • vivid imagery
  • playful language
  • rhythm
  • way it spoke about death and grief in real terms
  • relationships were both heart-warming and heartbreaking the overall hope and resilience
  • Crow guiding them through their grief.

Something to remember

I’ll leave you with a quote from the book.

“Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. I refuse to rush. The pain that is thrust upon us let no man show on speed to fix.”

I hope you love this book as much as I did. It’s one that will stay in your memory for a long time.

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