A Stranger in Olondria

Sofia Samatar
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A Stranger in Olondria


A Stranger in Olondria is an unusual novel, but one that is written beautifully and with a rich sense of history for its fictional world. The novel is filled with love for the written word, but also explores the troubled interaction between literate and oral cultures. The plot is extremely slow, and the main character, Jevick, felt a little too detached from his own story for me to be very engaged with his experiences. My interest picked up with the introduction of the ghost's story, which felt much more immediate and emotional, and I loved the conclusion of the story. This is a novel that had a slow start for me, but I enjoyed it quite a lot by the end.

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