Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter (Review)


In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal.

I just didn’t enjoy this.

I didn’t ‘get’ it.

It was written in a strange poetic way that I didn’t enjoy or connect with.

Parts were even narrated by the crow that is being used to cope with the families’ grief. It was really odd.

You could feel the grief and frustration of all the characters, but the style made it really difficult for me.

Finished on January 9th 2017


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Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter


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