Monday, December 28, 2015

Book Review: This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich

You'd have thought that a book with sub-title "Seven Seasons in Greenland" would be right up my street.

However I got as far as this description of ice that "has melted and looks floury, like an unnecessary word that adds confusion to insight" and decided this book wasn't for me.

Others were also concerned about the language, such as this review commenting about the author: "she is also described as a poet and her book is, to my taste, fatally congested with 'poetic' language. Metaphors abound, several to a sentence, until it becomes quite difficult to discern any sense at all".

In this book it is the writing that is floury not the ice so I got no further than page 4.

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