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July 2018: Dystopian > The Wall by Marlen Haushofer- 4 stars

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Tracy (tstan) | 1237 comments One morning, the narrator wakes up and there is a big, clear wall. And she seems to be the only human left. She is fortunate enough to have a last surviving dog, cat (although there's a tom somewhere) and cow for company. Wildlife seems to have survived fine, as there is fish and deer aplenty, and forage food. She grows a garden of potatoes and beans, and settles in for a few years, trying to figure out what to do.

This is a diary of sorts, her meditations on her current life, as she doesn't want to think of those she's surely lost. As I read, it became clear that the dystopian theme was just a catalyst- this is a metaphor for solitude vs. loneliness. It also reflects on human relationships with others, as well as our place in nature.

I've been left with a lot to think about. What a gem of a book!


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Jen | 1545 comments Sounds really good Tracy!


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Susie | 4488 comments This sounds great. Thanks!


Hilde (hilded) | 433 comments I loved this book, one of my favourite reads last year:) The movie is also wonderful, so recommend it if you haven't seen it.


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