I just can't appreciate the weirdness of this book.
This is a very unique book. There were many sentences in the book which struck me and that I enjoyed very much (such as Mees' observation that her dog smells like popcorn), but I found the story difficult to follow. The short chapters describe a large number of different characters, and the narrative jumps from character to character even within the brief chapters. Perhaps if I had been able to read this book in one sitting I would have enjoyed it more. However, the novel is well-written and oddly touching.
Eclectic, wonderfully written with intriguing characters. A delightful read!
I had trouble getting into this book, and it didn't hold my attention, despite the "magical realism." Characters were good, though.
About men and women and obdurate girls, cats and corn and lichen and dogs, death and miracles. A story of Mees and her friends, an the worldy and otherwordly forces taht come into play in their town over the course of a summer.
This was certainly an interesting book. Truly, it was beautifully written and captured what seemed to be an entire town for the early summer. The meanderings about the nature of the world somewhat slowed down the action and because it didn't really delve too deeply into any of the characters' lives, it didn't seem like a very modern book. I did like the sections that followed the P.O.V. of the dogs in particular. While I did enjoy it, I don't think I would pick up just any of her other books, but I suppose I would keep an eye out for them... without any sense of urgency, however.
It reminded me, somewhat, of Leif Enger's writing, but only in the careful construction of sentences.
Author Mary Gordon says of this entrancing novel, "The Thin Place" combines elements that ought to be unmixable:it is metaphysically exploratory, psychologically questioning, and full of suspense. It is the work of a writer at the top of her form"