2016/09/21

BOOK REVIEW:
NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH BY SUSANA MOREIRA MARQUES

Title: Now and at the Hour of Our Death
Author: Susana Moreira Marques, Julia Sanches (translator)
Published: 2015
Language: English (translated from Portuguese)
Pages: 128
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This is a nonfiction book about a journalist who spent a significant amount of time in a village in Portugal with people who are facing death.


Review:
This was an interesting read.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. The book is separated into two parts, the first being the authors various thoughts and musings on death and the second being called "Portraits", where we meet different people dealing with their own mortality. I really enjoyed the first part, in fact, I thought it was fantastic, but the portraits... they didn't quite reach me for some reason.

The writing is lovely. The structure is very loose and a bit weird, and I'm not sure if that's what put me off. I felt a bit like I was trying to decipher everything instead of actually feeling something, which I think is a shame and not at all what this book is trying to do.

It's definitely a bit of an experimental book, but I had expected it to be very different, so I spent a lot of time trying to adjust to what it actually was. I might have to reread this one to see if I feel different about it later.
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