Grief is the Thing with Feathers
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.
In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family...more
– Chinese Proverb
I picked this up because the title struck me like a poem in itself, sounding like an titillating modulation on that wonderful poem Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson (view spoiler)[I am intrigued by the technique of altering variations on a theme, like in music, and keen on searching for changes in harmony, rhythm, melody, or ...more
This is a book about two boys and their father dealing with their mother's death.
It's a very unusual book.
Unusual because their "grief counsellor" is a crow. Yes, a black bird.
Unusual because only at the end do we truly know what happened to the mother.
Unusual because, in truth, it doesn't matter HOW the mother died, but what happens to those left behind.
Unusual for its language which ...more
We are plunged into the aftermath of a woman's tragic death. Her husband (a Ted Hughes scholar) and two young sons struggle to cope with the devastating loss. The father turns into a "machine-like architect of routines for small children with no Mum." Into their house comes Crow, a figure from the poetry of ...more
Second Read: January 2019, Rating: 5 stars
Have you ever read something and thought of what an utter privilege it is that this book came into your life? I have. About this book.
The synopsis of this sounds pretty simple – two boys and their father are grieving for their recently deceased mother and wife. That combined with the short length could fool you into thinking this is a straightforward and austere tale. But beware! Don’t be fooled by these ...more
I’ll start with the ending ‘first’... it’s sooo beautiful- I doubt any reader could read the last page just once.
I took the ‘WISE’ suggestion from another reviewer...a little ‘late’. Had I read their review- I would have learned of his/ or her recommendation.... which is: “before” reading this small book - ( around 100 book pages) - google
“Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Platte and The Crow” on wikipedia.
The ‘same’ reviewer - written in 2016 - posted on Amazon by ( her), ...more
I hate the cover design of the paperback edition. Anything that’s plastered with blurbs like this one is just obnoxious. Do I need to see that many superlatives to pick up a book? No. I never read them anyway but that doesn’t stop this one from including three pages of blurbs besides the crap on the ...more
Part novel, part verse...
And every part of it was beautiful.
Every emotion stripped back and true.
It is the story of a father and his sons after the death of their mother. And how a crow comes to live with them. How this symbolises their unending grief; and its manifestation and infection of all their lives.
And: the 'Dad' in the book is a Ted-Hughes-scholar, i.e. it helps for your understanding of the book if you also read Crow, a collection of ...more
This is one of those books where the author chose a topic least likely to garner criticism (who's going to pan a story about young ...more
This is fiction and so many of the grief books I have been reading lately are non-fiction, so in some ways it doesn't feel as "true." Partly because it is imagined in the way fiction always is, but also in the way that the father in the story is writing from the perspective of an imaginary crow, because it connects to Ted Hughes and he is a Ted Hughes scholar, and ...more
Nearly everyone alive has lost someone dear to them. Not everyone can write well about it but Max Porter has done it in breathtaking fashion.
A man has lost his wife suddenly, unexpectedly due to an accident. His two young sons have lost their mother.
Three voices reach out to us:
The boys as a sort of braided, combined consciousness, with the young boys-eye-view of the events, the emotions, the weird adjustment to a life run only by dad and a home without a mom.
The dad, figuring it out day by day, ...more
“The house becomes a physical encyclopedia of no-longer hers, which shocks and shocks and is the principal difference between ...more
[Actual rating: 4.5]
It took a bit to get used to the writing style as it's quite experimental, but once I did, I wanted to savour it and not put this book down. It's an amazing and hopeful message about coming to terms with loss and the process of grief and what one turns to ...more
"Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. "
In the day after this "anniversary", I was in France and I went to Shakespeare and Company and the first book I notice was this. I took it, I turned some pages, I put it down, but in the end I brought it with me. I read it in the ...more
Read it in English. Didn't understand quite a few expressions, the plot felt forced and I thought that the metaphors were a bit heavy-handed. Much of the symbolism went right over my head, too. I'm going to give it another try, this time in traslation, so we'll see if my thoughts change.
Second read: Three stars
Much better than I remember it - and an excellent work by the Serbian translator - but still not quite something that blows me away.
The first part of the book seemed pretty jumbled, and rather confusing, but as I ventured through the book, I got used to the style of the author's writing.
Since this book is based on the emotional subject of death, I do think this was done well. I liked the way the book is ...more
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