Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A-Z Wednesday: Yellowknife by Steve Zipp


Title: Yellowknife
Author: Steve Zipp
ISBN: 9780973632118
Publisher: Res Telluris, Canada/2007
Pages: 286

It is one of those books, which is not easy to review. It is kind of very difficult to summarise the novel. Almost fruitless.

It is set in 1998, in Yellowknife, which is home for assorted people like bureaucrats and businessmen. Many arrive here for the lure of opportunities. This takes us into a world filled with humour, imagination, hope, love, lost love and much much more. It touches certain myths taking us through a tunnel of humanity. Both mysterious and mystical, we get to read about people who bond despite being strangers. There are no dark characters here, or purely good. The grey shades only endear them to us as we somehow identify with them. The scientific references...biology mixed with physics, chemistry and mathematics instantly gelled with me. Detailed prose too worked well for me.

Zipp has used motifs, metaphors which make this an excellent read. Although I had to go and back and forth while reading this, I couldn't leave it in the midst as I do with a few novels. I had to finish it till the end. I got glimpses about a world I know nothing about. Very insightful. Some might not like the book as it is not an easy read. However, it is well worth the effort. I would say, go for it!

10 comments:

jlshall said...

Haven't heard of this one before, but it does sound interesting. Awfully wintry cover, though!

Nise' said...

I am intrigued. Great Y book.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds great!

Mine is here:

http://weboftyranny.blogspot.com/2010/01/z-wednesday_27.html

carolsnotebook said...

I've never heard of this one either. Sounds like a good one, though.

Beth said...

This sound very different.

Vicki said...

You always choose intriguing books!

Thanks for playing!

Irene said...

Your choices always meet my expectations when I do read them, we are sisters in books, it I could be permitted to say that. thanks for visiting. I just finished Passage to India again, I love this book, even though I got it from the library, I'm now hunting it down to purchase.

John Mutford said...

It's a book that shouldn't work for so many reasons and yet he pulls it off. Great review!

ibeeeg said...

This book sounds very interesting. I am intrigued. Onto my tbr list it goes.

Melwyk said...

Glad you finally got this one too - it was such a fun one to read for the Canadian Book Challenge. It made me laugh in the first few pages, and I enjoyed it even though, as you say, it is difficult to summarize!