Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Book - 2016
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"This captivating story follows -- over the course of four seasons -- a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts -- a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life -- find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap; the unlikely duo must take to the road. Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, Spill Simmer Falter Wither has already garnered wild support in its native Ireland, where the Irish Times pointed to Baume's "astonishing power with language" and praised it as "a novel bursting with brio, braggadocio and bite." It is also a moving depiction of how -- over the four seasons echoed in the title -- a relationship between fellow damaged creatures can bring them both comfort. One of those rare stories that utterly, completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see, it transforms us not only in our understanding of the world, but also of ourselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544716193
Characteristics: viii, 274 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 05, 2017

Great title! But, because of the way it's presented, I couldn't get into it.

Nicr May 27, 2017

Ray and One Eye, two misfits who've found each other, are forced by fear into a life on the road. Ray addresses the narrative to One Eye ("you"), an unusual second-person device that is remarkably intimate and powerful. While the exploration of isolation may be too grim for some, the writing is gorgeous, and the evocation of the relationship between human and dog unforgettably rich.

A misfit man adopts a one-eyed rescue dog and tells the story of his life to him, apiece at a time, obliquely, in this beautifully written book.

As Kirkus Reviews described this book with a unique writing style, "Beautiful prose renders a tragically ugly picture with only the loyal but doomed love between man and dog to redeem it."

Jun 05, 2016

This book was depressing, but worse was the overwhelming feeling of dread that increased with every chapter. I wish I had obeyed my first instinct and stopped reading just a few pages in.
Anymore of my thoughts on it would involve spoilers.

May 28, 2016

A story told over four seasons (spill, simmer, falter, wither) of two outcasts in which the natural world is beautifully portrayed - plants and birds. The novel is a portrait of exclusion and loneliness.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Apr 27, 2016

This is not a book for everyone. It is a (mostly) quiet story about the newly-formed relationship between a reclusive man and a misfit dog in a coastal town in Ireland. As the man confides in the dog, telling him every little thing about his unremarkable days (present) and difficult days (past) the real story slowly reveals itself, with a seriously disturbing unveiling three quarters of the way through. Beautifully, poetically, honestly written, I enjoyed finding little bits of light in so much grey. Depressing, for sure- but not all books should be joyful.

Gabi_Dubh Apr 13, 2016

A truly brilliant book that initially, oddly warms, and finally chills the heart.


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