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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2009)

de Olga Tokarczuk

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In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind ...A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?… (mais)
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    Olive Kitteridge de Elizabeth Strout (novelcommentary)
    novelcommentary: Great cranky characters
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    Proverbs of Hell de William Blake (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: The book of Blakean aphorisms from which Olga Tokarczuk took the title of her book.
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    Elizabeth Costello de J. M. Coetzee (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Eccentric vegetarian literary types
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    Death in Her Hands de Ottessa Moshfegh (elenamnl)
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    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd de Agatha Christie (CGlanovsky)
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4.5

Eccentric old lady who house sits in the off season, loves astrology and William Blake’s poetry. But most of all, she loves animals. So you’d better not mess with them.

The writing is superb. The winter vibes are flawless. It did meander a little now and then but overall it was a great noir thriller set in a small polish village on the Czech Republic border with an odd cast of characters.
we all aspire to having ride or die friends like her.

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  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Although I recognize this Man Booker Prize Shortlisted novel is well written it just wasn’t for me. Translated from Polish this noir mystery was set in rural Poland in the Kłodzko area near the Czech border. The main character is Janina Duszejko (although she despises her own name), an eccentric lady in her 60s, a retired engineer, who now lives in a remote area and is caretaker for others’ cottages during the harsh winter months. As she says, “Here the sky hangs low over us dark and low, like a dirty screen, on which the clouds are fighting fierce battles. That’s what our houses are for-to protect us from the sky, otherwise it would pervade the very inside of our bodies, where, like a little ball of glass, our Soul is sitting.” Mrs D is passionate about animals and astrology, spends hours translating Blake, and refers to people by nicknames. When her neighbour Big Foot is found dead in his home, and then two other local hunters are murdered she forms the theory that the animals have killed them out of revenge. When she sends her thoughts along with astrological evidence to the police they write her off as a crack-pot old lady (which she probably is).

On the positive side this book has a philosophical tone and Mrs D has some interesting thoughts on life. I enjoyed her theory on the aging male: “He was a man of very few words, and as it was impossible to talk, one had to keep silent. It’s hard work talking to some people, most often males. I have a Theory about it. With age, many men come down with testosterone autism, the symptoms of which are a gradual decline in social intelligence and capacity for interpersonal communication, as well as a reduced ability to formulate thoughts. The Person beset by this Ailment becomes taciturn and appears to be lost in contemplation. He develops an interest in various Tools and machinery, and he’s drawn to the Second World War and the biographies of famous people, mainly politicians and villains. His capacity to read novels almost entirely vanishes; testosterone autism disturbs the character’s psychological understanding.”

The negatives for me were that the mystery was obvious with no surprises or reveals. There was way too much detailed astrology minutiae for me and I found myself skimming whole paragraphs and pages. I’m also not drawn to stories with grisly murders, I prefer the problem-solving type of mystery. Although the book makes some valuable points about hunting and animal cruelty it is very black and white on this front with little nuance. Overall I think I’d drive my plow right away from this novel! ( )
  mimbza | May 30, 2024 |
It's funny, interesting. I didn't love it, but it was a pleasant reading. ( )
  SergioRuiz | Apr 30, 2024 |
In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A quirky dark tale, exquisitely written and thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
  Quizlitbooks | Apr 20, 2024 |
Enchanted Forest Murder Mystery

This novel, a literary whodunit, brings a sense of being in an enchanted European forest. Janina, elderly, solitary, and her friend Dizzy, Oddball and Good News, become entangled in a string of murders in and around a small Polish village. All is not as it seems.... ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
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In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind ...A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

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