Thursday, December 22, 2016
Book Review: "Boy, Snow, Bird" by Helen Oyeyemi
Look at that cover. Isn't it gorgeous? I am terrified of snakes, even illustrated ones... but I still love this cover. That is probably the most positive thing I can say about my experience with this book. So many many people love this book, and I really wanted to as well. In fact, I was still fairly early into it and a friend asked my opinion, and I was very definitely trying to stay positive. I think I said something like 'oh, the story seems to be coming together... getting more interesting' or something like that. But it was all for naught.
I just couldn't follow a thread of story line. As soon as I thought I was getting somewhere, it would change. The narrator would change. Something would happen out of the blue. And I couldn't figure out why I was being told or shown certain things. I kept thinking, 'oh this will be important later' and guess what? Nope. Not that I could really tell anyway. This was a book that I would try and do anything besides pick it back up, and I would not have finished it if it were not my book group's pick for this month. Now that is what I'm looking forward to - the group discussion. I can't wait to see what the others thought about this, or see if they can help me understand it better.
Boy, Snow, Bird
by Helen Oyeyemi
Riverhead Books, 2014
Source: Purchased New