This week I’m reviewing another book! It creeps me out and confuses me while simultaneously making me think about the world around me and why the heck people do the things they do. It’s a good one! It’s been in my top five list for quite awhile now for so many reasons! Let’s find out why! Keep reading for further deets.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Rating: 5/5 would recommend/ogle/dream about/etc.
Summary: Lately we seem to be fans of re-envisioning fairytales that we learned as wee children of the world. Well, this is one instance of said re-envisioning, being very loosely based on Snow White. It opens with a girl named Boy (this makes sense eventually, I promise) living with her eccentric, abusive father, who calls himself the Rat Catcher (can you think of his fairy-tale counterpart?). Having suffered his abusive behavior all her life, Boy finally reaches her breaking point and runs away from her home in East Manhattan, to a tiny town called Flax Hill. Here, she stays in a nice little Inn and tries to assimilate in a town where newcomers are rare.
During her stay, Boy meets a man named Arturo, who is classically tall, dark, and handsome. At first, Boy despises him, but somehow he woos her into loving him. This may be because Boy is enraptured by his beautiful daughter, (you guessed it) Snow. More for Snow than Arturo, Boy marries him and the story unfolds wickedly from there.
Aside from the story, Oyeyemi’s writing is smooth and entrancing. She’s got some pretty clever symbolism stashed away in this little novel of hers. Not only is this book just fun to read, Oyeyemi’s given us a little brain food, too. It questions the roles race, gender, and sexuality play in our society and the way people perceive themselves and each other, without shoving it down your throat. Very tasteful, Helen. I approve.
Oyeyemi has a knack for crafting edgy characters that we don’t really want to like, but inevitably do. She has a deeper understanding of compassion and what drives humanity, as she showcases in this novel.
So give this book a gander if you please! You’ll think about it for days. You’ll have dreams about it. You’ll want to make a movie out of it. Don’t miss it.
Thanks for taking the time to give this little review a visit, I appreciate it!
See all o’ y’all next week!