Thursday, 22 February 2018

Folk by Zoe Gilbert : My Favourite Read of February

According to me, Folk is one of the best novels of 2018.

Why Do I Rate Folk 5 stars?


I have read short stories. I have read dystopian and surrealistic novels. But I hadn't imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be visiting Neverness, a land full of magical beings, cultural traditions and inviting tales that keep you wondering when will you escape from this whirlpool of emotions and ecstasy it makes you feel! Folk by Gilbert was one of my top ten anticipated releases of February and it didn't disappoint me. I know that I am in love with the land of Neverness and especially the boy called Crab - the first character I was introduced to. Folk is not a perfect novel, however, it is extremely different from everything that I had been reading and it managed to break away from the conventional norms of storytelling. Gilbert has her own style which I absolutely loved and I definitely have become a huge fan of her! Having said that, if any of my friend or follower happens to meet her : Please get me a signed copy! I'll happily pay for it ( though I am broke).

What to expect from Folk?


Allow the magnificent cover to lure you into falling in love even as you enter the world of Neverness. Do not go about reading the book with a normal approach. You need to be prepared to BELIEVE and ACCEPT a lot of things that may feel as absurd to you, but at the end of the day the author has created her own magical and often haunting world and to have a peek inside felt amazing, atleast to me! So get ready and grab a copy of this piece of magic here . Rich and thick with a scent of magical realism, Folk is surely the best pick for anyone who loves to travel via books. Folk is the right book for you especially is you love Classical Mythological tales.

Blurb

The remote island village of Neverness is a world far from our time and place.
The air hangs rich with the coconut-scent of gorse and the salty bite of the sea. Harsh winds scour the rocky coastline. The villagers' lives are inseparable from nature and its enchantments.
Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm, unfurls his feathers in defiance of past shame; Plum is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair; little Crab Skerry takes his first run through the gorse-maze; Madden sleepwalks through violent storms, haunted by horses and her father's wishes.
As the tales of this island community interweave over the course of a generation, their earthy desires, resentments, idle gossip and painful losses create a staggeringly original world. Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully, her own, Zoe Gilbert's Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut.

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