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House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk
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Oct 30, 07

bookshelves: polish
Read in October, 2007

Another certain-to-be favorite book of the year.

One of the most original books as well. The story is loosely based around a rural site in southern Poland and focused upon a pair of small scale farmers. There are diversions into historical events, other villagers and the lives of saints. The stories are deep in metaphor, in "magical realism" and in Milosz-esque ruminations about the spiritual relationships between humans, the environment and God. The scope of the book was pretty tremendous but I'd recommend it even as a light read.

The biggest regret I had was not being able to renew or finish the book before the library's deadline.
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