2017/01/07

BOOK REVIEW:
UNDYING BY MICHEL FABER

Title: Undying: A Love Story
Author: Michel Faber
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 122
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This is a collection of poems Faber wrote about his wife who died after a six year long battle against cancer.


Review:
I got this collection because someone told me it would blow me away, and it certainly ruffled my feathers, I can tell you that much.

There are poems in this that are absolutely heartbreaking. It deals with the author and his wife's relationship both before and after his wife passed, though most of them were written after. They vary in form, but all have a red thread through them: love and grief.

I think the thing I like the most about this collection is that it doesn't shy away from the ugly and angry bits. Instead, it embraces them alongside the good parts, as it should be done.

I could recount loads of poems that moved me in this, but I will instead show you a part of a poem, the same part that's on the back of the book and which really embodies what the whole collection is about:

All I can do, in what remains of my brief time,
is mention, to anyone who cares to listen,
that a woman once existed, who was kind
and beautiful and brave, and I will  never forget
how the world was altered, beyond recognition,
when we met.

I would highly recommend this collection, regardless of whether you usually enjoy poetry or not.
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