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Max Porter

Forfatter af Grief is the Thing with Feathers

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Max Porter is the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which made the Goldsmiths Prize shortlist 2015. This title also was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Værker af Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015) 1,416 eksemplarer
Lanny (2019) 838 eksemplarer
Shy (2023) 127 eksemplarer
The Death of Francis Bacon (2021) 107 eksemplarer
The Hill 10 eksemplarer
Jerome's Study (2018) 5 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (2017) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
Best British Short Stories 2022 (2022) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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I along with many critics loved Porter's unique debut a couple of years ago, Grief is the Thing With Feathers, which used the mythological crow figure and a prose-poetry style to tell the emotional struggle of two children and their father after the sudden death of their mother/spouse. So when Porter's second novel was published, I was first in line on the library's holds list for it.

Porter's style is much the same, a storytelling mode that blends prose and poetry. This blend is more even in the first part of the book, where Porter includes phrases of text (snippets of conversation said to be being spoken in the story's village) arranged visually like a modernist poem might be. The prose meanwhile takes a stronger hand in the latter part of the book.

Similarly also we have a mythological being brought to life at the center of the story, pulling many of the strings. Here though the character, Dead Papa Toothwort, is considerably more difficult to understand and get a grip on than Crow was. Dead Papa Toothwort is something out of the dark and primitive woods, rural and uncivilized, strange and unfamiliar, triggering humanity's fears and anxieties. He's something out of England's pagan past, with uncertain motives.

The story also centers again on children, this time just one really. Lanny is an only child, and has an eerie connection to nature. The village, and sometimes his parents, are unnerved by him; he's considered a weirdo, "off with the fairies". In part 2 of the book, he disappears, and at that point the book gets a touch more conventional, showing "what really happens" in the minds of people when a child goes missing and suspicion and emotions run high. The story finally takes a wild swerve in part 3, with a set piece that reminds me of something out of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, before resolving the storyline.

All in all, not as compelling as Grief is the Thing With Feathers, but a good second publication from an author worth reading.
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lelandleslie | 47 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
Read #1: 2 stars.
Read #2: 3 stars.
Hmm. Hmm.
Final rating: 5 stars.
(Goes for read #3. It's not a long work.)
lelandleslie | 76 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
I have to give this at least 4 stars because it was so incredibly well done and uses language in such impactful, jarring ways. Very, very effective. But my God what a stressful, anxiety driven reading experience. I kept wanting to put the book down to come up for air, but I couldn't pull myself away. This is my 3rd Max Porter book and he will give you an emotional experience every time. He is a very interesting writer.
Iudita | 6 andre anmeldelser | Dec 25, 2023 |
Shy is one mixed up adolescent child who loves music, but gets frustrated easily. Goes for a night swim, encounters bloated dead badgers, and break windows. Style of writing much the same as Lanny. Easy to read, a short story, but lacks plot.
AChild | 6 andre anmeldelser | Dec 24, 2023 |



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