2.18.2005

A Complicated Kindness...

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

This really isn't a book with a beginning, a middle and an end. Instead it's more of a stream of consciousness tale from seventeen year old Nomi Nickel.

Nomi, born into a society of Mennonites, spends this novel trying to figure out why her mother and sister left, trying to find herself, trying to stay stoned or numb for as long as possible, and just trying to figure it all out.

It really took some getting used to in reading this novel, but ultimately, I enjoyed it.

< excerpt >

Anyway, said Travis. We did this thing where I lie on my back in the grass and he stands at my feet really rigidly with his arms straight out like he's on a cross and then he falls forward and I scream quietly and he puts his hands down at the last second, mere inches away from crushing my body. After that we just sat around sniffing purple gas for a while, lighting matches and flicking them off into the dark, and I asked him if he wanted to go halfers with me on "Wish You Were Here". He said what if we break up which made me kind of sulk a bit and made him act tough like he'd have four thousand girlfriends in his life and I stopped talking except to answer his questions.

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The whole book is written just.like.that.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

what do you think the chickens symbolized in the story?

Anonymous said...

can you help me a little I need to write an important essay on something from this book.

Anonymous said...

your review did not show the book for what it is.The book is very well written from a teen's perspective.