Sep 1, 2011

Lyrical and brutal

The Summer of Ordinary Ways is a memoir written in the most lyrical language.  That's particularly remarkable since the book covers some brutal topics - most particularly some extreme violence against animals.  It was a really hard read in many places, but the story of growing up in a small town on a farm resonated with me a bit.  The writer has got some real skill in addition to what must be a complicated relationship with her family.  6/10.

(Totally different subjects, but when I think of books with gorgeous writing about insanely awful subjects, the other book that springs to mind is The Things They Carried which I loved.  It's an interesting and memorable pairing.)

1 comment:

  1. There are few things in this world that will instantly sell me on a book. Comparisons of the book to THE THINGS THEY CARRIED is one of them.