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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07DZS419V
- Publisher : Text Publishing (1 October 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2129 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,633 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Duszejko’s companions are Dizzy, IT guy for the police, with whom she translates William Blake into Polish; Good News, who runs a second hand clothes shop, and her elderly neighbour Oddball. Foremost among Duszejko’s concerns is the natural world and the fate of animals in particular. She doesn’t eat meat. Secondly, there are her Ailments, which seem to stem in large part from her extreme sensitivity to the world, though this is often covered by a wryly bemused take on it. She is also conducting Mendelian research on sweet peas to determine if acquired characteristics can be inherited.
Tokarczuk - a household name in Poland - trained as a Jungian therapist and the novel echoes with many Jungian themes. Astrology is one of them, and what a rich symbolic system it is. So while on one level this is a murder mystery, and on another a plea for better treatment of animals, it’s also about the depth and complexity of life in general. Duszejko is an intriguingly whimsical narrator who obviously caught the attention of the Man Booker International judges in 2018. The translator is also very deserving of the prize.
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So, what of the story? Well, Mrs Duszejko lives out in the wooded mountains in the west of Poland, close to the Czech border. She has a few friends, and she has nicknames for them all - and for the other people she knows in the nearby village. She loves animals, she doesn't eat meat (or at least I don't think she does - I can't now remember), she is fascinated by the poetry of William Blake, and she is a keen astrologer. Very keen, in fact. So keen that large swathes of the book are given over to musings on how much of an impact astrology has on the world. When she isn't talking about the stars, though, she is all too keen to tell us the back story to pretty much everything she encounters, and this really brings the book to a thudding halt on more than one occasion.
Anyway, the story proceeds in fits and starts, as first her neighbour and then some other notable citizens are found dead and/or murdered. Mrs Duszejko thinks that the people have all been killed by animals - retribution for their own suffering at the hands of these hunters. But, without wanting to spoil the ending, Mrs Duszejko is a terribly unreliable narrator, and if you've recently watched any of the John Wick films the ending might not be as much as a surprise as Tokarczuk would have wanted.