Jun 15, 2021DanglingConversations rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Janina was an remarkable character, an Olympic medalist, an engineer a teacher and now just a very self-aware ‘old lady”. The plot is enriched by the different lenses through which Janina views life; as an astrologer, as a vegetarian, as a commenter on man’s inhumanity to man and as a Hegelian philosopher who is always aware of the inevitability of death.
I liked the book almost to the end, but I thought she fell into a ‘happy ending’ trap. I would suggest she stop writing when Janina crosses the Czech border.
A more enigmatic ending would have raised it out of the “Miss Marple” murder mystery genre. I especially liked the book review from the Guardian:
By no means a conventional crime story, this existential thriller by 'one of Europe's major humanist writers' offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalised people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, and belief in predestination.