Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure (Goodreads).
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now. Ever since I saw it in the bookstore when it first came out. But I really did not want to pay full price for the hardcover – so I waited. Recently I discovered that they had a copy of this book at my local library. I was so happy.
So what do I think of this book? Man, I do not know where to start. It not good. I read this book and closed the book and I said to myself I’ve never been this confused by reading a book in a long time. I read it and I felt lost. Half the time I had a hard time following what the author was trying to accomplish. One minute story would be flowing nicely and I would be on top of it. Next minute I would be confused because the story line would get all confusing.
Some of the characters and the story around them I did not understand what the author was getting at. For example the flying miniature cows – what’s with them. Were they suppose to symbolise something. Ida and her illness, glass feet and literally turning into glass. That whole part of the story was not well described. Also I felt that Ida was not trying that hard to find the cure for her illness. I felt that she was looking for the cure because she was expected too than anything else. Another thing that seemed unnatural and forced was the relationship between Ida and Midas. I felt that Midas was more a child than an adult. He acted and behaved like a child. It was hard to take him seriously. Who knows maybe I missed the whole point of this book.
Overall this was not a good read for me. I did not enjoy it because half the time I was lost and did not understand if there was some kind of underling message that I was not getting. In a way the author is trying to write , in some parts of the book, the stream of conciseness type of writing style. This style no one does it better than Virginia Woolf. So no this book did not work for me. I was really disappointed with it. I give this book 1/5 STARS.