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.
As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss gives way to memories, the little unit of three starts to heal.
In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief - Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.
©2015 Max Porter (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"An agile, life-affirming account of mourning." (Sunday Times)
"Utterly astonishing. Truly, truly remarkable." (Nathan Filer)
"A blast and a breeze and, strangely, a delight." (Jonathan Gibbs, Independent)
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Extremely poetic, also I found it to be weirdly relaxing considering the
genre. Apart from it being very repetitive, I thought the writer was extremely talented,
I don't know if Max Porter has written any poetry, but I think he would be very good at it if he did.
I have not figured out if the crow signifies each of the characters minds. I don't what the crow signifies.
"Powerful and moving"
Jot Davies reads this extraordinary memoir of grief with great skill and poetry. The perfect voice for this powerful and moving account.
Brilliantly narrated and I liked the style, but I finished the book undecided about whether I liked it or not. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed reading it -- I think the narration brought it to life effectively.
While I think it is perhaps an acquired taste / you need to be in the mood for listening, I would recommend giving it a go.
"poetic and wonderful"
yeah i think there was a lot in there and listening to again would be a good thing
ted hughes poetry or slythia plath possibly - not really read a novel like that.
the children's characters were the best bit about it.
short and sweet
"very experiment style"
I am ambivalent, the concept and story was good, the performance as well but I just couldn't focus and follow with enthusiasm.
very poetic, incredible imagery. I attended a talk and reading of the book and was captured by it, so glad there was an audio book and very well performed
Painful, funny, poetic, beautiful. Brilliant narrator too. The final words of the book so uplifting.
"Grief / cries"
I adored this. wise, profound- moving - hearing it made in accessible in a way reading might not - for those of us who struggle with poetry on the page
I loved it -
I think the book is vastly over-rated. I'm disappointed to find I wasn't moved at all and that parts felt amateurish.
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