I picked up the book “a complicated kindness” by Miriam Toews with a reasonable amount of hope. It was the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and a finalist for the Giller Prize. It was set in a Mennonite community in Canada, so I thought it would be an interesting read.
My the time I finished the book I also had two sources of hope. The first was the fact that I was finishing it and could now move on to a good book. Possibly one that’s well written. The second source of hope is the fact that my book challenge is over soon and then I WILL NOT BE FINISHING MORE BAD BOOKS FOR THE SAKE OF FINISHING THEM.
Seriously! This was a drab and dismal book. Perhaps that was the intent of the author. If so, she succeeded in creating a painful reading experience. Her misrepresentation of Mennonites is unfortunate. Her lack of ability to write, tragic.
Needless to say, I won’t be taking Canadian writing prizes seriously in the future!
Skip this book, particularly at the holidays!