Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Past the Shallows-Favel Parrett

Past the Shallows-Favel Parrett
the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 272
gender: F
nationality: Australia
year: 2014
Within the abusive, unpredictable black cloud of their father, a Tasmanian fisherman, live two brothers who dream of escaping like their oldest one did.

I don’t really know how to write a synopsis for this that wouldn’t give away the plot. It’s an excellent contemporary novel with this amazing dreamy prose. The plot unfolds with far too much tragedy amidst skillful pacing all in this prose that carries the reader forth. Make no mistake, this is a moody novel full of calm punctuated with violence and an environment that shows the same scars as the people. In fact, the overarching takeaway you get is that nothing can be as bad as the hatred and fear of humankind. Simple and spare, Parrett’s prose nevertheless burns into your mind.

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