Day for Night

“They’re around here,” said our guide, as  we slowly motored up the Homosassa River.

Everything and everybody is connected. Day for Night reminded me from time to time of Cloud Atlas, solely for the fact that there are several stories with different main characters that end up all being connected with each other in some way. In the first half of the book the connection is pretty easy to recognize. From a mother to a daughter to a sister, for example. It gets slightly more puzzling in the second half.

That’s one of the reasons I liked the second part a little bit better. The first part is slightly domestic, while in the second half Frederick Reiken takes you to other countries, other times and a possible fable from WWII.

It’s hard to precisely put into words how I feel about Day for Night. I was simultaneously engaged with the happiness of each character while at the same time feeling a distance of not caring. Like all these stories were simply served up to me without questions of ‘What do you think about it?’, ‘How do you feel about it?’ or ‘Isn’t it good/horrible?’

It’s a nice little puzzle to discover the connections and Reiken’s writing is full of imagery. It simply wasn’t able to reach beneath my surface.

Day for Night, Frederick Reiken, Little, Brown 2010

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