Sep 07, 11
Read from September 02 to 07, 2011 — I own a copy
Josh Ritter has rested within my top 5 list of contemporary musicians since I first listened to him in college. His songs are packed with symbolism and deep meaning and a beautiful, poetic way of delivering to the listener his story. It was comforting (but also not surprising) that these talents were well reflected in this novel. It was almost like a fable, with the angel and everything; I'm glad that he didn't feel the need to explain things, such as why is a horse talking to this man? It just is, and that's what the story is. So if you are the kind of reader that would say "Well, WHY does this angel talk to him, WHY can't anyone else hear him, is the angel REAL?" then seriously just don't even consider reading this book. You will miss the point completely.
I feel like I always give 5 stars to everything I read, but I'm okay with that, because I always find myself reading great books. For a first time novelist, this was an excellent story; solid and smooth pacing, a great ambiguously creepy 'villain', and lyrical writing that turns the sentences into pictures that jump off the page.