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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
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really liked it
bookshelves: read2020, book-cougars-readalong, around-the-world, location-poland

When I saw this was the next book for the BookCougars readalong, I knew it was the push I needed. It is quite a bit different from Flights by the same author, which was fragmentary and not so linear. Drive Your Plow is about an older woman in Poland who helps a neighbor with another neighbor who has died, and gets swept up in what might be a crime spree or might be the animals taking revenge. I also love how some things happen in a sentence, blink and you could miss them, like the time she goes to bed with the beetle scientist.

Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2018. Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft, won the Man Booker International Prize. Interestingly this book has a theme of translation in the quieter parts, as the protagonist works with William Blake's poetry.
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Reading Progress

January 21, 2020 – Started Reading
January 21, 2020 – Shelved
January 24, 2020 –
January 24, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: read2020
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: book-cougars-readalong
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: around-the-world
January 25, 2020 – Shelved as: location-poland

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Carmel Hanes I need to get to this soon. The title alone is intriguing.

message 2: by Kris (new)

Kris Fernandez-Everett I’d had such a hard time with ‘Flights’ because of that fragmentation, so was hesitant to even go near this book... Thanks for the review — I’ve added it to the endless books to read list :-)...

message 3: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Alexander I am intrigued, both for Eastern Europe and Blake.

message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I'm really enjoying the audiobook! It took a moment to find my way in, but I've fallen in love with the main character and her unique way of seeing the world.

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