Sunday, February 21, 2010

Book Club Read: The Girl With Glass Feet

The second read for the Not The TV Book Group was chosen by Simon of Savidge Reads and is The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw.  I don't know of a better book to promote discussion so this was a great choice.  The book club is meeting today here.

This is the story of the magical and terrible St. Hauda's Land -- where a mythical creature turns other animals white with a glance, tiny moth-winged cattle buzz in a secret pen and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning to glass from the toes up.  But just as prevalent as the impossible are the all too possible failings of the residents of the island.  Midas Crook is one of the most flawed -- unable to view the world except through the lens of a camera, crippled by the memory of his dead father and afraid to be touched.  And yet something magical happens between Ida and Midas and they try their hardest to come together despite everything.

This was a very thought-provoking book.  Midas and Ida were both sympathetic and yet maddening at the same time.  The magical and real are placed side-by-side in this novel in a way that is both comforting and unsettling.  This is a novel of contradictions -- about heredity and about change -- and I'm sure I will be thinking about it for a long time to come.

Feeling the warmth through the hard chill,

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it Kristen. Hope to see you popping by and chatting throughout the day, and thank yuou for the link love.

  2. I've just started reading the book this past week and am very curious about it. I knew I wouldn't finish in time, but I'll be looking forward to reading more posts on this (and thanks for not giving away spoilers :) ).

  3. You're welcome, Simon!

    Danielle - I can't wait to hear what you think of it. :)

  4. I just read another review of this same book and had a very different impression of it! Funny how you can get so many diverse opinions of a book!

  5. I thought that only Brits were doing this. It's cool that you're participating, too.

  6. Jenners - This was a very diverse book so I can see how that might happen!

    J.T. - I never saw any limitations on location. :) I like the chance to get this different viewpoint on what are "book club worthy" books. They seem quite different from mainstream U.S. choices so far.