Wonderful job reviewing Schweblin's novel. I was especially drawn by the following passage: "The novel contains no purple prose, no elaborate seduction of the reader’s attention. Instead, there is an evocation of the smallest details, spot-on sensory observations, and true-to-life idiosyncrasies..." I think that sometimes writers get carried away in all the details and forget about the storytelling, so I am glad that Schweblin is keeping minimalism alive!
Great review! This novel sounds so intriguing, and in many ways, so unusual. I look forward to reading it!
What a fascinating sounding story! This review leaves me so interested in the worms and the mysterious nightmare overtaking the village. I always love a story that is unsettling without explicitly demonstrating why. This is definitely going on my must-read list!
I've read short stories in the past that have been composed of a single conversation between two characters, but I don't think I've ever read an entire novel of that structure. It would be interesting to pick up a copy to study how Schweblin is able to keep her readers engaged over the course of the novel. I'm assuming it's Hemingway-like in nature, in that the dialogue provides us with plenty of action and movement.