The Book of Words
A searing novella about coming of age in a land of tyranny, by one of Germany's most brilliant young authors.
In "The Book of Words," Jenny Erpenbeck captures with amazing virtuosity the inner life of a young girl who survives the totalitarian regime of a curiously unnamed South American country (most likely Argentina during it "dirty war"). Raised by parents whose real identity ends up shocking her, the girl comes of age in a country where gunshots are mistaken for blown tires, innocent citizens are dragged off buses, and tortured and disappeared friends and family return to visit her from the dead.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing
The Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck - Good I read this too soon after Visitation, but it was there in the library when I returned the first one and I thought 'why not?' Well, the reason is that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cat-ballou - LibraryThing
Now, part of my dislike for this novel could very well be because it's taken me forever-and-a-half to read the thing. It's, like, less than a hundred pages long. There was some nice syntax (you know I ... Read full review