review: beast

Synopsis from Goodreads:
The stunning new novel from the prize-winning author of The Wake.
'Come to a place like this . . . and you will understand soon enough that this world is a great animal, alive and breathing.'
Beast plunges you into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on a west-country moor. What he has left behind we don't yet know; what he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements and with something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession.
This is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage and the search for truth. Short, shocking and exhilarating, it confirms Paul Kingsnorth as one of our most daring and rewarding contemporary writers.

3 stars from me.
I received an ARC for this book and let me just say that the physical copy I received is GORGEOUS. The front cover is so minimalistic, it has a single illustration and not even the title. Super cool.

Anyway, i generally think this book is great, but it's just not my cup of tea. Im really glad that it was less than 200 pages long. What stands out is definitely the style of writing. I didn't enjoy the story, but i quite liked the way it was written. The continuous sentences and lack of commas and fullstops definitely made it sound like the main character's thoughts are all over the place and he just can't stop them from coming up. A lot of the content of writing was pretty pointless in my opinion BUT once in a while you'd get a page or two of really deep and meaningful thoughts about life. Those were great, but there was only a handful of it.

I really didn't get the story(like i was very confused), but perhaps that's how the author wanted it to be. Some parts are very vague but hints that perhaps everything we just read isn't real and is just imaginary, or maybe it's the other way around(there's a chance that the character might be schizophrenic?). I'm not a reader who appreciates these deep metaphors in books because I don't understand them, but for those who do, im sure they will really enjoy Beast. 


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2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Kamalia has read 15 books toward her goal of 50 books.