Buddy Read: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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  • Scott Cruickshanks 1 year ago

    Todd The Librarian over on Booktube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJjPZtGt8lakAtrXEYFrEA) and me are starting a buddy read of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward today.

    Please do join in if you fancy it.

    I plan to try and read at least 50 pages a day and I will document our progress here.

    ***This Book Chat will contain spoilers***

  • Todd Wittenmyer 1 year ago

    I'm 52 pages in and I'm digging it so far! Sure it's tragic, but the element of clairvoyance (as it pertains to the dead) really has peaked my interest!

  • Scott Cruickshanks 1 year ago

    I got to the end of the second chapter last night. It is really different to any of the other books I am reading as part of the Women's prize shortlist (which is a good thing in my opinion). I agree with you Todd that although it is tragic I want to keep reading more and I have absolutely no idea where the story is going to take us next.

  • Todd Wittenmyer 1 year ago

    I reached the end of Chapter 4! They're on their way to the prison to pick up Michael and they are also transporting some illegal drugs! I'm sure nothing good will come of it, but we shall see! I kinda like the way the chapters switch between Jojo and Leonie! Those different perspectives give the story more depth!

  • Scott Cruickshanks 1 year ago

    Hi Todd, I am at exactly the same point. I feel confident that some even more tragic event is just around the corner! I am really enjoying it so far and still have no idea what is going to happen in the rest of the book. I also like the way that is has been bounced between Jojo and Leonies POV and flicking ahead it is interesting to see that there are some more POVs coming up.

  • Todd Wittenmyer 1 year ago

    I had a bit more time today and finished it! I don't want to ruin anything for you Scott, but I will say this, the last part of the book salvaged its rating. (I still wasn't blown away by this book.) I'll wait until you post again before I weigh in.

  • Scott Cruickshanks 1 year ago

    I managed to finish last night too. It is interesting to hear that the last part of the book salvaged it for you as some of the supernatural bits lost me a little but that is probably just personal preference. Overall it is a tough book for me to judge, it is definitely in the better half of the Women's Prize Shortlisted books I have read so far but that is not really saying much as some of the ones I have read have really not been to my taste.

    I think this book is really well executed, Jesmyn Ward is clearly a very good writer but yet I am not sure whether the book will leave me with any long lasting memories other than reemphasising that some people aren't cut out to be parents and how some people through no fault of their own have a tough start to life.

    I certaintly won't be running around recommending to everyone but I can see how some people will love it.

  • Todd Wittenmyer 1 year ago

    I know Scott! I think I was expecting a bit more! The story was fine! The characters were fine, but there wasn't anything that stood out as exceptional! The last part salvaged it from a 3 star to a 4 star, simply based on the supernatural content! Beyond that, I wasn't overwhelmed by this one!

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