Grief is the Thing with Feathers par Max Porter

November 18, 2019

Grief is the Thing with Feathers par Max Porter

Titre de livre: Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Auteur: Max Porter

Date de sortie: August 25, 2016

Broché: 128 pages

ISBN: 0571327230

Éditeur: Faber & Faber

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In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

This extraordinary debut, full of unexpected humour and emotional truth, marks the arrival of a thrilling and significant new talent.

Review
Amazing and unforgettable. (The Times)

Dazzlingly good . . . Anyone who has ever loved someone, or lost someone, or both, will be gripped by it. It's very sad and very funny. (Robert Macfarlane)

One of the most surprising books this year. (Spectator Books of the Year)

Unlike anything I've read before. (Guardian Books of the Year)

A blast and a breeze and, strangely, a delight. (Jonathan Gibbs Independent)

A beguiling literary hybrid. (Lucy Scholes The Observer)

Utterly astonishing. Truly, truly remarkable. (Nathan Filer)

Funny and warm and real, this little book is one to linger on and savour. (Francesca Wade Telegraph)

A luminous reading experience. (TLS)

Compact and splendid. (Adam Mars-Jones London Review of Books)

Grief Is the Thing With Feathers shows us another way of thinking about the novel and its capabilities, taking us through a dark and emotionally fraught subject, one airy page after another, as though transported by wings. (Kirsty Gunn Guardian)

In this slyly funny and thrillingly original work, Max Porter somehow pulls a brand new story out of the darkest despair. (Jenny Offill)

I'm not sure I've read anything like Max Porter's book before. It stunned me, full of beauty, hilarity, and thick black darkness. It will stay with me for a very long time. (Evie Wyld)

Warmingly comic and astonishingly good. (The Daily Telegraph)

Heartbreaking, sour, magical and blackly comic… It’s this fine balancing act of fable and family drama that Porter handles so well… its sentiments endure. Much, indeed, like grief itself. (Ben East The Observer)

From the Inside Flap
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss gives way to memories, the little unit of three starts to heal.

In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief - Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.


Max Porter works in publishing. He lives in South London with his wife and children. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is his first book.