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TRANSLATION OF THE BONES By Francesca Kay March 12, 2012

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The Lycan Librarian is always enthralled by tales of religious mania. This particular story involves a slow-witted girl who witnesses a bleeding statue in her church as she is alone cleaning it. While enjoying the writing voice, and certainly the content, this reader did not particularly like each chapter skipping to a different character or set of characters. I never do, but it seems to be the expected style of the times, so if a book is good enough, I will stick it out. This one was good enough, and readers  ultimately discovered what tied everyone together.
One of my favorite authors is Ruth Rendell, who also writes under the name Barbara Vine, and this book is very reminiscent of her works.  Both Rendell and Kay are British, which may explain some of the similarity, but the dark themes in both women’s works and the off-balanced characters are also a lot alike.
As usual, I won’t bare too much of the plot. I will say that the books ends in tragedy, but not only one, for at each turn a tragic life is unfleshed down to bleeding bones and sinew. And it is such exposure in a book that makes a work both strong and real. Give it a read.

By the way — I do know enough to indent my paragraphs, but am having trouble making them stick. I finally decided it wasn’t worth putting more time into editing the post, indenting, updating, and finding nothing had changed yet again.



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