Monday, August 30, 2010
Nothing by Janne Teller
This short book took me less than two hours to read but I did so with my hand over my mouth in horror the whole time. Nothing has won all kinds of awards in Europe and I wonder if it will be an award winner in America, too. I certainly am considering it for one of the 10 books for my Mock Printz Workshop. The only problem is that it is so disturbing. This book begs to be discussed, perhaps as a form of therapy, after completion. On a weird but lighter note, I kept thinking of Dr. Seuss stories like Yertle the Turtle, The Butter Battle Book, or The Lorax while I was reading Nothing. It certainly has that cautionary-tale quality to it that a lot of Dr. Seuss books have, minus, of course, the cute pictures and the happy endings.
So with this kind of recommendation do you dare read the book? I say you should. If for no other reason that we can discuss it after you are finished.