Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead
ISBN: 0525541330
EAN13: 9780525541332
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 13, 2019
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.72" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A brilliant literary murder mystery. --Chicago Tribune

Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work. --Annie Proulx

In 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 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 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 voice?

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   In Translation
Originally written in Polish, this translation flows along keeping my interest into the lives of the people on the Plateau. An enjoyable read, Morgenthau said. The book was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature.
   Interesting and fun at times
Loved the observations of old people. It's a surprise, said Blair. The science of astrology is very dramatic and something new to me, Raymond said. So many wonderful characters, Hepburn said.
   An Interesting Dark Slavic Fairy Tale
I enjoyed this very interesting and quirky Polish fairy tale and was charmed and slightly surprised as to where it took me, Morgenthau said. It may not be a book for everyone, but I found it to be a good read.
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's not a genre I usually read, but I was drawn in by the unusual protagonist and the author's writing style. Liked it, said Blair. I'll probably be thinking about it for a while.
   A Surprise, Disguised as a Whodunnit.
I liked the narrator's use of symbolism, astrology and man's ever-debatable arrangement with nature, Raymond said. I’ve never read anything from the perspective of an elderly woman before, and the experience left me with more than a few questions. I highly recommend this book and would hesitate to read more from this author.
   Too Weird for me
There isn’t that much I’d like to read about this book. I read the first chapter and a half, but then skimmed the rest of the book. It was an anticlimatic finale to a great TV show.
   Skip this one
Some people I read a lot of books, but this is one of them.
   Beautiful and sad. A bit mad.
A brilliant, witty, introspective and irreverent novel bursting with life and awareness. I have read many a book, but this is by far the best. The author goes down a must-read list. He's a magician.
   Book Club choice
It was a great story, said Sara Fields, assistant professor of English at Carnegie Hall. A satisfying ending to an interesting life. I hope it was a good translation because the lyrical writing and words were one of its best parts, Mr. Rule told the judge.
   Put this on your "Must Read" list
This book is such a wonderful introduction to the Brontes, and carries you along easily. The story is populated with characters named Bigfoot, Oddball, Good News, and Dizzy, and takes place in a remote area of Poland near the Czech border. The other half is Janina, the narrator. Even though the story itself revolves around a series of unexplained murders committed by Animals seeking revenge on the hunters who prey upon them, the characters are quirky and even though the story itself revolves around a series of unexplained murders, the humour is there. It's a must read. Since the Swedish writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, I'm hoping for more of her books to be translated into English.