Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Review of Restlessness by Aritha van Herk

This novel has a very interesting premise, which is the relationship between a woman and the man she has hired to kill her.  I loved the setting and found the descriptions of Calgary both hilarious and bang on.  I would categorize this book as literary fiction, which is nice once in a while; however, I would usually choose a story with more action and less internal monologue.  

A favorite quotation is "It's why the east won't take us seriously, because we dress up in cowboy clothes every Friday, like kids who've been given a set of cap guns." p. 79


  1. can u give a rating of the book? following for more.

  2. I would say about a 3.5 out of 5. Beautiful writing, but there was a bit too much description for my taste. Have you read it?

  3. LOL. Are you also from Cowtown, like Aritha van Herk? I just stumbled upon your blog from Twitter, this is a most interesting find. I'm a longtime Calgarian, but have never seen anyone dressed in cowboy attire every Friday, except during Stampede. :)

    1. I live very close to Cowtown, but not quite in. Glad you enjoyed the post.