I’ve just finished listening to this novel, which feels too, too real to be a novel. Utterly convincing. JNaz brought me to this book with her “Oh my, read this book” post, which feels like a lifetime ago. She did such a great job of describing it that I will try something I have never done. I’ll try to link to it here: https://seasonalreading.com/2020/05/02/oh-my-read-this-book/
I will add that I was so gutted when I reached the halfway point in listening (6 CD’s) that I didn’t know how I would make it through much more, let alone 6 CD’s of “more” but there was something that changed after that. It was still intense but in a different way that I couldn’t put my finger on.
JNaz mentions the recurring motifs, and two that stood out for me were birds, which fly through the entire book (or don’t fly in the case of ortolans) and eyes (devastating).
Masterful writing. It bears repeating: Oh my, read this book.