Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Dusty Pages Review: Grief is the thing with Feathers

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.
In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. 

A short quick and bizarre read. Half prose and half poem. It deals with the potent emotion of grief after a man loses his wife and is left to care for their two young boys on his own. But help is on its way in the form of a crow that may or not be imaginary.

Be warned the narrative tends to jump around a bit, sometimes in the present, sometimes in the future looking back and other times reminiscing about a time before the wife died. It splits again between Dad, Crow and the Boys. Sometimes written in the form of fairy tales and other times stark reality filled with truth. Getting through the book was a process much like grief is.

The crow was the weirdest part for me. Sometimes it made sense, and other times it rambled in a series of words reminiscent of a Ted Hughes poem. As the author mentions him a lot, I am guessing this style was intentional and the author likes him. However after being forced to study him in high school for years, I'm not a fan. Also at R.R.P of £7.99, I recommend you borrow not buy.

I give it

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