söndag 1 november 2015

Dept. of Speculation | Book Review



Last weekend, I was in a bookshop when this book caught my eye. I knew nothing about it and had never heard of it before, but I liked the title and the cover so I bought it. Yesterday, I read it in basically one sitting.

The novel had me hooked from the opening paragraph. The prose was so smooth, so perfect, and continued in the same way all through to the last page.



In it, we follow a woman who is never named, which none of the other characters are either. We are told the story of her from before and during her marriage, with its ups and downs. As a plot, it might not seem very interesting, but it is so extremely well executed I couldn't help but be completely absorbed by it.

The main character reflects a lot upon herself, how others percieve her, how she percieves others and things she has experienced. It's all done with such a heartwrenching underlying sadness that I just absolutely adore when it's well done, such as in this novel.

The narration skips between first and third person points of view, but it's done in such a way that there is never any confusion.

I don't think anything I can say could do this novel justice, so I will just say that this is one of the greatest reading experiences I've ever had, and I am now on the hunt for Offill's other writing.


(If you don't want any spoilers for the plot whatsoever, don't read the quote in the last picture.)



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