Monday, January 22, 2018
Review: Fever Dream
By Samanta Schweblin
Genre Adult Literary Fiction
Amanda is dying, she can hear the voice of a little boy named David. Together they recall the events that brought Amanda to her deathbed.
They're like worms.
It's that time of year again! Remember last year when I followed The Tournament of Books that the Morning News does? No? It's a fun little tournament. With a shortlist of books that gets chosen and then book by book voted off till there's a winner. These books are very literary. Some go right over my head and I never manage to read them all but I find it challenging in a good way. This year I've noticed several of the picks are foreign books that have been translated. Such as this one.
Fever Dream. Have you ever had a fever and had such a high temperature that you have crazy dreams and hallucinate? I have. This book is accurately named. While it's a frantic page turner and quite short at only 192 pages I knew there was more to it then the story of what happened to Amanda and the strange things that happened to David. It was strange and would latch onto a detail here and there that hinted at a deeper meaning.
After reading it in one sitting, I wasn't sure I understood what it all meant but I knew I enjoyed the ride. I did look up and read an interview with the author that talks about what it all means which I found helpful but I'm not sure it heightened my enjoyment. And I did enjoy the book. It was very fast paced and as I mentioned, a page turner.
All in all, I don't regret reading it. Sometimes reading these books makes me think and expands my reading horizons and for that, I love them.
Should you read it
I'd recommend this one. It's an easy read that will get you looking for the deeper meaning. And I'd recommend you look up the interview with the author when you're done.