One by One, Her Neighbors Are Dying. An Elderly Polish Woman Is on the Case.

Olga Tokarczuk’s “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” is a funny and philosophically complex whodunit.

Comments: 5

  1. The problem with most contemporary writing is that so many writers have nothing to say. "Write about what you know" would be fine, if people didn't live such small lives. This author sounds promising - at least her mental life seems expansive. Hopefully, I can get this one from my local library.

  2. @Me Trust me, this woman can write.

  3. @Me So you feel you have the knowledge and authority to lay a blanket over most of humanity and declare that most people live such small lives? I am assuming this means you believe that you live a Big Life? I am a high school teacher in central Minnesota - a place where most people might assume that lives are small. I believe the opposite of you; I believe that life is so full of challenges, change, hurt, fear along with joy and love and loyalty, that most people live very meaningful lives. It is simply unfortunate that our culture does not highlight the beauty and accomplishment of the lives most people live - where they are simply putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, year after year, trying to do the right thing and make their world, no matter how small, a better place.

  4. @Me Haha promising? Tokarczuk is most prolific contemporary Polish writer

  5. Just finished it, and I want more. I read The Overstory about 6 months ago, and found this to be a companion, in a way, as both authors explore how we humans are and are not connected to our natural world.