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Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead: Olga Tokarczuk (original 2009; edição 2019)

por Olga Tokarczuk (Autor)

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In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind ...A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?… (mais)
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Título:Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead: Olga Tokarczuk
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Informação:Fitzcarraldo Editions (2019), Edition: 1, 274 pages
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead por Olga Tokarczuk (2009)

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    Olive Kitteridge por Elizabeth Strout (novelcommentary)
    novelcommentary: Great cranky characters
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    Proverbs of Hell por William Blake (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: The book of Blakean aphorisms from which Olga Tokarczuk took the title of her book.
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    Elizabeth Costello por J. M. Coetzee (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Eccentric vegetarian literary types
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The writing was simplistic but seemed to fit the voice of the narrator, so I didn't necessarily mind that. As I got further into the book, however, it felt more and more like the novel was being used as a vehicle to push an agenda rather than to tell a story. It just felt too heavy-handed to me. I enjoyed the story itself, but was disappointed in the "holier than thou" moral stance it seemed to take. ( )
  Spyder227 | Feb 5, 2024 |
Tale of odd happenings and eccentric folk, but the voice of the narrative carries it. Tokarczuk writes in an intriguing, imaginative style that keeps the reader on board. And thus even the harping-on about astrology - normally a complete turn-off - is readable. Hard to summarise what it’s about, or perhaps merely unnecessary, but there are plentiful challenging insights: Tokarczuk, apparently (according to my Polish work colleague), has ended up more or less exiled from Poland due to this nonconformity of thinking (and to the opposite tendency in mainstream Polish culture). ( )
  eglinton | Dec 31, 2023 |
A richly imagined old woman narrator and her enigmatic interactions with the other people in a remote Polish village serve as the vessel for Tokarczuk’s subtle prose, which lures us into believing that we all begin as sparks from a star, that nature’s tally of our misdeeds is ongoing, and that the human psyche evolved to defend us against seeing the truth. And how do we figure the narrator's observation regarding the local writer?:

In a way, people like her, those who wield a pen, can be dangerous. At once a suspicion of fakery springs to mind—that such a Person is not him or herself, but an eye that’s constantly watching, and whatever it sees it changes into sentences; in the process it strips reality of its most essential quality—its inexpressibility.
  MusicalGlass | Dec 22, 2023 |
I'm in a small minority but this didn't land for me and was just OK. I'm not especially drawn to stories about quirky older women and this didn't change my mind. And while my sympathies are with the animals, the whole thing felt heavy-handed. There was was some clever writing that I enjoyed so I will try Flights to see if a different genre works better. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
59. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
translation: from Polish by [[Antonia Lloyd-Jones]] (2018)
OPD: 2009
format: 274-page hardcover
acquired: 2020 read: Oct 16 – Nov 3 time reading: 8:44, 1.9 mpp
rating: 4½
genre/style: contemporary Fiction theme: TBR
locations: contemporary rural Poland
about the author: “A Polish writer, activist, and public intellectual”, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018. Born in western Poland in 1962.

A curious fun book. Astrology, vegetarianism, hunting and murder (or is it revenge?). Logic is really not the main thing on the surface here. We follow Mrs. Duszejko's narrative, and she thinks about what the star charts say about when we will die, and the inheritance of acquired experience, and about all those innocent hunted critters in a hunting community. She also tears people down in narrative, privately to us, while kindly serving them comforting warm tea on a winter day. Anger is a theme.

We're in rural Poland, a short diving distance outside a small town where hunting is part of the culture and economy. In the rural area there are about 8 homes, and three residents who stay through the bitter winters, including Mrs. Duszejko, who doesn't like her first name or any names given at birth. She calls people by whatever feature about them strikes her. In the opening, Oddball tells her Bigfoot has died alone in his home, and so on.

Olga Tokarczuk is listed on Wikipedia as an activist, although I don't know anything about what that exactly means for her. But usually in implies some effort to against the grain. Independent minded Mrs. Duszejko goes hard against the grain, connecting to society really only through teaching school children English, and helping a friend translate William Blake into Polish. The book's title is from a William Blake poem, Proverbs of Hell, (It's paraphrased. The poem is a list of about 80 strange and unconnected proverbs. See here: https://poets.org/poem/proverbs-hell ), and each chapter is headed with a line from that poem. There are a lot of games with Blake working through the text (and I certainly didn't pick up on most of them.)

Despite the fun, it's also an uneven pace, sometimes grounding to a very slow pace. It rewards most in completing, leaving us to wonder what to make of Mrs. Duszejko. She is, perhaps, a modern-day witch. And I assume that says something about our cultural crimes today, and those who try to speak out about them.

Overall this wintery book of dead men leaves us in warm place, smiling a little, and noting a whole lot going on. Not sure where this sits in terms of her Nobel Prize, but I'm happy to have read it, and hope to read more by her.

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In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind ...A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

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