I love a straightforward mystery and Blessed Are The Dead did not disappoint.
When a teenage girl is murdered in a remote area of 1950s South Africa, a...moreI love a straightforward mystery and Blessed Are The Dead did not disappoint.
When a teenage girl is murdered in a remote area of 1950s South Africa, an ex-military detective and a Zulu detective investigate her life and death. The story is artfully crafted and blends the darkness of a murder investigation with the rich geography and social complexities of the South African countryside.
The book had great pacing and was a quick, thoroughly enjoyable read. It managed to be entertaining without being superficial or vapid.(less)
I started reading this the day I got back from Vegas so I guess it had a particular poignancy for me because of that. The book is basically a stream-o...moreI started reading this the day I got back from Vegas so I guess it had a particular poignancy for me because of that. The book is basically a stream-of-consciousness recounting of a really long night at a roulette table. The subject matter seems pretty arcane, at least to me, but the "story" was pretty well-written and I could relate to the narrator's train of thought on most things.
I guess the writing was effective because it stirred some emotion in me: mainly frustration with the narrator's obsessive superstitions, and then some hope that maybe she will finally be done with the roulette table. Or maybe that was just relief that the book was finally coming to an end because, though I enjoyed the writing enough, everything started to get redundant, even a quarter of the way in.
This book was good, but not great. Not something I'd recommend to anyone. Maybe I could view it in a metaphorical sense and see it as a reflection of our obsessive ties to capitalism or technology or something and it would probably be great in that sense - something a high school English class could interpret and discuss. But I'm kind of burned out on stuff like that so I'm not going to bother.(less)