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PHC Book Club
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 07:00pm
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2020 Bones


DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD

Polish title:
Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych

by Olga Tokarczuk
translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

From the Amazon website: "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"

From the NPR review:"The friction generated between Janina and the hunters powers the entire narrative. When one hunter reassures an irate Janina that he and his friends are "simply" shooting pheasants, she feels "a surge of Anger, genuine, not to say Divine Anger ... For Janina, the killing of innocent creatures is murder, and even if you don't quite share the depths of her anger, you are likely to understand it. How could one not sympathize with a woman so thoroughly thwarted in protecting animal life?"


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