9th out of 14 books — 4 voters
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Last night I complained to my husband, "This book is so boring!" He said, "Then stop reading it. Life is short." Smart man. It is unusual for me to not finish a book I've started, even if I'm not terribly fond of it, but I can't take any more of "Winter Journey"! I hung in there for 116 pages, waiting for the story to pick up, but it never did. This novel is wordy and dense and dull and thinks too highly of itself. I can handle all of that except dull. A few pages of dull, OK. But pages and page...more
Beautifully crafted; the beginning and ending echo each other and point towards the spare but powerful way the novel meditates on belonging to one's home. Lyric passages. Alfred watching flocks of birds and the light on the cathedral as he wrestles for healing and forgiveness. The icy drive home in the dark with the hare running in the headlights is fully of mystery.