#Ireland David Park
- Author: David Park
- Title: Travelling in a Strange Land
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: shortlisted for the 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
Shortlisted books: read 1/5
- Tom, the narrator, is travelling from Belfast to Sunderland in
- heavy snow to collect his son from
- Sunderland university for the Christmas holidays.
- It proves to be a very emotional journey.
- Weak point: David Park is trying too hard…..
- Park’s writing is interesting, but a bit belabored.
- There are more words and images
- ….there than you really need to make the point.
- Example: “Ice-up car the words have nowhere
- to go and so they hang until frozen in silence”.
- Weak point: the backstories felt like a chunk of events
- the author is simply trying to get out the way.
- Flashback scenes, dream sequences or piece of dialogue
- were dishwater gray…..recap information
- purely for the reader’s benefit…did not add tension to the story.
- The gimmick of a child asking father silly riddles got on my nerves.
- The use of a another gimmick…a the car’s navigational voice
- (satnav) as a constant thread in the narrative
- …was annoying.
- I tried to stay focused but after 30% of the book my
- mind was drifting snow, blinded by Park’s white-out of
- never ending references to winter.
- Sometimes …less is more.
- In short…this book was not in sync with “my personal satnav.”
- It was all I could do to ‘hold on to the steering wheel’
- and at least finish the book.
- This book is just not my cup to tea.
- But this does not diminish the book’s merit
- …in any way.
- I don’t think this will win the
- 2019 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the year
- …perhaps I’ll be proven wrong.
- #Read the book and….form your own opinion!