The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

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Alone with their authoritarian father on a vast estate where time has stopped, two siblings speak a language and inhabit a surreal universe of their own making, shaped by their reading of philosophy and tales of chivalry. When their father dies and the children set out to bury him, they encounter the inhabitants of the neighboring village, and the pair's cloak of romance and superstition falls away to reveal the appalling truth of their existence. A brilliant, masterful story in which nothing is as it first seems, "The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches" is a triumph of suspense, linguistic invention, and playfulness that peers into the heart of guilt, cruelty, and violence. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780887846557
0887846556
Characteristics: 138 p

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Diane1947
Feb 20, 2016

I found this book to be disgusting and the writer must have a very sick mind. Out of 10 people in my bookclub, eight women couldn't even finish the book. They were thouroughly disgusted.

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skippie
Jun 29, 2011

I've read this in the original as well, and the novel loses none of its impact in translation. An linguistic and imaginary tour-de-force: magical yet believable, true to life in a surreal kind of way, both appallingly beautiful and lovingly cruel.

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skippie
Jun 29, 2011

skippie thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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