Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quarantine by Jim Crace

First sentence:

"Miri's husband was shouting in his sleep, not words that she could recognize but simple, blurting fanfares of distress."


"Quarantine is an imaginative and powerful retelling of Christ's fabled forty-day fast in the desert. In Jim Crace's account, Jesus travels to a cluster of arid caves, where he crosses paths with a small group of exiles and changes their lives in unexpected ways. Evoking the strangeness and beauty of the desert landscape, Crace provocatively interprets one of our most important stories." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a powerful and thought provoking book about compassion and suffering. While it is set during Jesus' fasting in the desert, the narrative focuses more on the other people in the same area and their struggles and dreams. I especially liked the interactions between the women Miri and Marta.

Date read: 11/26/2008
Book #: 82
Challenge: Man Booker Prize Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge 2008
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0312199511
ISBN-13: 9780312199517
Publisher: Picador
Year: 1998
# of Pages: 243
Binding: Trade Paperback
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