This is a rather longer essay than usual, which I’ve been planning for a while. I often find myself reading-at first usually by accident, then on purpose as I realize what’s happening-several books in succession exploring similar themes. These are the times when (I’m beginning to think) I gain the deepest understanding and appreciation of the books I read. Continue reading
I’d picked up The North Water because I’m interested in the theme of disgraced protagonists who suffer because of their pasts, and because the snowscape/midnight sun aesthetic appeals to me. Apart from that I had very few expectations for The North Water, and so was pleasantly surprised by it as a whole.
[this is a relatively new book so I’ll warn that there are some spoilers further down the page] Continue reading