for the past year or so, i’ve been looking forward to my 1000th post, and keeping track of my posts so i didn’t miss it. it turns out that i got so caught up in writing reviews for this reading project that i missed it anyway! m is for malawi was my 1000th post.
it’s so strange to think i’ve been blogging for ten years this october and for eight years here at what she saw (which reminds me i also missed that anniversary, which was in august), that i have written what’s now 1001 posts here alone. blogging, as a medium, and i, as a woman, have changed so much since i put my very first words on the internet in the fall of 2007. i’m grateful for what it’s wrought and plan to continue writing here, even after this project is over. i’ve missed the exercise of fitting words together for meaning, of puzzling out my thoughts, of wielding language like a painter does his brush.
my review today is short; i am admittedly so far behind on reviews that i’m having trouble remembering what i wanted to mention for these next few letters. (at the time i’m wrote this, a few days into september, i was on the letter X, and i’m so excited to share how i managed to find a country for this one!)
genre: historical fiction
synopsis: a dutch woman finds herself drawn reluctantly yet increasingly into resistance activities
setting: friesland, 1945
what i liked: the characters’ resourcefulness and determination. i also liked the story, which is based on two unrelated real stories involving the author’s ancestors, and appreciated another WWII novel written from a nontraditional perspective.
what i didn’t like: one of the characters felt jerky, like a marionette – as if she hadn’t been given the full use of her own characterization. it was disconcerting but i liked the story enough to look past it.
final thoughts: a quick and easy read if you like historical fiction