Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

201E72F9-FF24-4359-AF6A-8446467089D9Olga Tokarczuk was born in Suchelow, Poland. Reviewed on 2020/05:

I know I’ve come late to the #olgatokarczuk party on #bookstagram . But I’m glad it has turned out to be that way. I’m afraid to say that I have failed to see the awesomeness in this book which so many of you has pointed out. A disjointed series of #vignettes , #ruminations and #observationsabout “modern life’ does make for an interesting concept, to some extent. The dislocated format here has been compared to #sebald , #kis and #ugresic . I could not disagree more with that comparison. Personally, #tokarczuk felt hedonistic, self-gratuitous for its own sake and an act on #intellectualmasturbation . That is the complete opposite of Sebald, Kis and Ugresic and some many others. They use the seemingly disconnected imagery, maps, places, #memories and observations against the overwhelming weight of a history full of hate, death and no escape. Maybe some of you see that here in #flights . However, I personally did not see it all and after a couple of hundred pages, I became irritated with the repetitive and brief format of the stories. Again, these reviews are my very personal opinion. I’m just a reader with my own prejudices and issues. 🤷🏽‍♂️ Hehehe. This is not meant to be an insult to anyone who loved this book, the writer. Enjoy what you read no matter what! Inevitably we are going to see something different in these books. And that’s OK too. #nextplease#polishliterature#nobelprizeforliterature #shortstories#fragments #riverheadbooks #bieguni

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