Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
What’s it about?
This novel is a re-imagining of the Snow White fairy tale set in the United States in the mid 1950's. It explores thoughts on race and physical beauty.
What did it make me think about?
How much does what we look like dictate how others see us and in turn how we see ourselves?
Should I read it?
It is an unusual version of a familiar tale. The writer takes lots of risks, and many are rewarding. However at times it was a little uneven for me. Exceptional in some places and scattered in others. I would recommend it because the author has such a unique vision.
"I may or may not have hated my own face sometimes. I may or may not have spent time thinking of ways to spoil it somehow. (Maybe that answers your question about being “beautiful.”) But I’m slowly coming around to the view that you can’t feel nauseated by the Whitmans and the Millers without feeling nauseated by the kind of world that’s rewarded them for adapting to it like this."
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!