Trying to describe this one will be challenging. In structure it reminds me of Cloud Cuckoo Land, pressing together a modern story and the ancient story of Apollonius. Both follow a father who has an inappropriate relationship with his daughter and the young man who tries to save her. These sections are quite hard to read. How they are weaved together and how the characters act in each era is masterful. The writing is evocative and intense. I did this one on audio and found it added to my enjoyment but that I needed to be sure to finish a section before I came back to be sure I wasn’t confusing the characters since their stories mirrored one another. I was absolutely lost in the story every time I listened, I hoped against hope for these characters knowing full well that like all myths a happy ending was not on the horizon.
I know this is a short review for a book I loved but any more detail will spoil it. Go in blind and be prepared to be a little overwhelmed by the time shiftings in the beginning but like Cloud Cuckoo Land by the end you will want to go back and listen a second time right away. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
What’s the last book you read that you couldn’t stop raving about?
2 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Porpoise”
I really liked this one too! That beginning stayed with me for a long time afterward.