I really liked this warm and autobiographical account of a child growing up in a complex world. I did have a feeling that I'm seeing a world with a child's eyes...and that is something that it is not easy to convey in written form. Sure, there are many books about childhood and children's books, but it is not that often that you find a book that really shows what it is like to be a kid and is not at all a children's book.
What I could see right away is that this is an author that is good with words. There is just something effortless in the way he writes. The words just seem to come to him, in a way his prose is like poetry...every word just feels so right.
This short (at least in comparison with other works that I'm reading) novel was quite easy to read. Actually I'd finished it before the opera that I was listening to was finished so that's like hour and a half...Yes, it was an enjoyable but not exactly light reading in the sense that there is a sadness present in this story, lurking somewhere under the surface and never completely taking over...like a melancholic song that you can hardly hear...
What else to say about this lovely novel? My favourite character would be Jardena.
Jardena...now that is a women that gives some sound advice. I liked her a lot and the rest of the characters populating this novel. They all seemed to have some deeper meaning and that reminds me... While reading it, I kept having this feeling that a lot was told with few words...and that is a good thing, right?