Sunday, 29 March 2015

Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume | Book Review



Today’s post is another book review. A much less well known book than the last book review, but I’m reviewing Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume. This is a début novel by a former neighbour and was published early this year.

The story is set in present day southern Ireland and deals with the relationship between an unnamed man in his mid-fifties and his rescue dog One Eye. The main character is a bachelor who lives alone until he gets hisdog, and he suffers terribly from social anxiety.

My favourite elements to this book is the uniqueness and the use of language. This book is like any other novel I read before. Being the age I am, I have grown accustomed to reading the typical, Young Adult book. You know the ones with the fast-paced storyline, the teenage angst and the love interest (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, etc, etc,). Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither was something completely different for me. The storyline is weird and wonderful and not something I would ever have thought of picking up.

The writing and the descriptiveness in the book is flawless. There were often times where I would laugh out loud at the strange but true comparisons! I read a review written on the back of the book which said “I can imagine the language waiting to serve the author” and I can totally relate to this statement. It is seems surprised to that the writing from a debut novel is impeccably skilful. Already, I’m looking forward to reading Sara Baume’s second book, and that’s saying something!


I would recommend this book if you are looking for a contemporary piece of literature to sink your teeth into. I will admit that this style and pace won’t suit everyone, but I do think that Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither is definitely something to try if your open winded!


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