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  • Olga Tokarczuk
  • English
  • 12 November 2020
  • 9780525541332

Olga Tokarczuk Þ 1 REVIEW

READ Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych READ & DOWNLOAD Ë PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK Þ Olga Tokarczuk Olga Tokarczuk Þ 1 REVIEW WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREIn a remote Polish village Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology translating the poetry of William Blake and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by I ve carried some William Blake verses around in a pocket of my memory for years To say I studied them at school is probably not uite accurate since I don t remember anything I learned about Auguries of Innocence All the same Blake s verses lent themselves to memorizing better than many others and so they stuck fast in my idiosyncratic mind I loved them so much that I once inscribed a verse from Blake on a friend s birthday card convinced that To see a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower was the most beautiful sentiment ever expressed That friendship didn t last When next I thought of writing lines of poetry on a friend s birthday card I chose Robert Frost instead That friendship lasted much better Reader I married him The narrator of this book let s call her Venus since she s an amateur astrologer who has an intense dislike for her own name and she gives nicknames to everyone around her is even obsessed with William Blake than I ever was But she doesn t use him to test the potential of future partners or at least not directly Her test for partners is simpler She asks them what religion they are but doesn t seem to care a lot about their answers I wondered if she wasn t searching for the one in a thousand million who might answer the uestion by saying his religion is that of the prophet Blake Because for Tokarczuk s narrator Blake s Auguries of Innocence are the Gospel and his contrary riddled Proverbs of Hell are the Ten Commandments Drive your plow over the bones of the dead is one of Blake s Proverbs of Hell It s a good title for Tokarczuk s story but several other of his proverbs might have suited just as well For example Excess of joy weepsA dead body revenges not injuriesImprovement makes strait roads but roads without Improvement are roads of GeniusThe bird a nest the spider a web man friendshipAlways be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid youTokarczuk s Venus always speaks her mind and like Blake she revels in everything that is contrary In fact she invariably does the opposite of what people advise and interprets every aspect of her world in her own idiosyncratic fashion and always with the planets in mind since she s an astrologer She is a lot powerful than her middle age and small stature might imply so it wouldn t be an exaggeration to call her a force of nature The I think about it the I like the name I ve given her Not only is the planet Venus called after a powerful female goddess but it turns in the opposite direction to most of the other planets which sums up Tokarczuk s narrator pretty neatlyBecause I enjoy finding parallels between books I was pleased to find an odd bit of synchronicity the other day when Russell Hoban s Riddley Walker came up in conversation I immediately had the thought that there are a few parallels between Hoban s book and Tokarczuk s Both narrators walk about a lot and they both give names to every stick and stone they pass by on their wanderings And both like to speak in riddles There s also a preoccupation with hunting in both books and the patron saint of hunters features in each although he s called Saint Eustace in Riddley Walker and Saint Hubertus in Tokarczuk s book Incidentally Flaubert has a story about the patron saint of hunters too but he calls him Saint Julien But whatever the saint s name his story is or less the same in all versions a nobleman who is an indiscriminate hunter of every living creature has a vision one day of a little Christlike figure perched between the antlers of the stag he is hunting From that day on he changes his ways Hunters use his example to practice ethical modes of hunting hence his status as Patron Saint of the Hunt Tokarczuk s narrator isn t fooled by talk of ethical hunting Like Blake she believes that As the air is to a bird or the sea to a fish so is contempt to the contemptibleFor hunters she only has contempt The fox condemns the trap not himself

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READ Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych READ & DOWNLOAD Ë PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK Þ Olga Tokarczuk Olga Tokarczuk Þ 1 REVIEW Anyone would pay her mind A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness justice and tradition autonomy and fate Whom do we deem sane it asks Who is worthy of a voi If you ve got a bit of Jane Goodall in you as I do try this off beat thriller The humor is subtle and the style beautifully stripped down The writing exhibits a mastery of tone and narrative pacing that induced wonder and admiration in this readerOur storyteller is an elderly woman who living alone in a rural area of Poland between Wroc aw and the Czech border is awakened in the dead of night by her neighbor Oddball to be told that another neighbor Big Foot is dead The woman is eccentric but intelligent and compassionate She has long despised Big Foot for his arrogant behavior and reckless despoliation of The Plateau the isolated area in which they live and brutal treatment of his dog She has reported him to the police who are a laughable bit of dysfunction unto themselves Now he is dead After the discovery Mrs Duszejko goes about her business She housesits for those who use their houses only as summer retreats whereas she is on The Plateau year round roughing the bitter winters alone when it can reach 20 F Though her vocabulary is laudably rich and her understanding of the natural sciences keen she has an incongruous fondness for astrology of which she says Nothing is capable of eluding this order p 56 She believes that her Little Ladies that is the local deer for she is a stalwart lover of Animal life have conspired with other local wildlife to murder a second person she bases this speculation on the hundreds of deer prints left in the snow near the murder scene which she happens upon Between these two deaths Big Foot s has been ruled an accidental choking he was eating poached deer at the time Mrs Duszejko a retired teacher of English teams up with a former student Dizzy to consult with him as he methodically translates the collected works of William Blake into Polish She wishes she knew Animal script so she could warn the innocent creatures away from the hunters Then again she wishes she could be aloof to the crimes committed around her like those a short drive away in Auschwitz who hardly know what happened there during the war She is alas not made of such incurious stuff She sees suffering and despairsSoon when visiting the police commissioner she s raving like a PETA member You ll say it s just one Boar I continued But what about the deluge of butchered meat that falls on our cities day by day like never ending apocalyptic rain This rain heralds slaughter disease collective madness the obfuscation and contamination of the Mind For no human heart is capable of bearing such pain The whole complex human psyche has evolved to prevent Man from understanding what he is really seeing To stop the truth from reaching him by wrapping it in illusion in idle chatter The world is a prison of suffering so constructed that in order to survive one must inflict pain on others p 106 The killings go on All the victims are hunters middle aged men Mrs Duszejko continues to write letters to the police in which she interprets the horoscopes of the dead citing relevant planetary conjunctions and the like She gets no reply There are many twists in Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead that this summary doesn t touch on and let s not forget about the final kicker This is the work of an extraordinarily talented writer relatively new to English speakers whom I look forward to reading of Hypnotic stuff


READ Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych READ & DOWNLOAD Ë PADDINGTONFESTIVAL.CO.UK Þ Olga Tokarczuk Olga Tokarczuk Þ 1 REVIEW Her not so secret preference for the company of animals over humans Then a neighbor Big Foot turns up dead Soon other bodies are discovered in increasingly strange circumstances As suspicions mount Janina inserts herself into the investigation certain that she knows whodunit If only The most unintentionally metal title everI really enjoyed this one I found the main character an old woman who s obsessed with astrology but is also a pretty bad astrologer really lovable I mostly loved her point of view and all her little uirksThere s a good murder mystery here and a deep meditation about our relationship to animals and hunting Sometimes in the novel this is direct conversations like who are we to kill animals or judge which ones deserve to live and sometimes it s subtle the main character is deeply uncomfortable with assigned names I m not sure we re left with any good answers But it made me think And even though the main character s views veer into extremes she was always thoughtful and had something worth listening toI m not well versed in William Blake but I thought this was a cool way to talk about and use Blake s poems and letters And via Blake it s a very memorable title There are some fun passages about trying to translate Blake that seemed like a fun meta commentary on reading a book like this in translation which overall I thought was a really good translationIt also made me realize that if you want to win some major prizes go write yourself a fancy noir novel People love fancy noir I certainly doTotal aside I checked this out from the library a week before the author won the Nobel prize It was exciting to hear the news and see the book on my shelf