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'White Bird in a Blizzard' by Laura Kasischke: A Book/Movie Review. When Katrina Connors' mother walks out on her family, Kat is surprised. White Bird in a Blizzard is a French/American art drama thriller film co- produced, written, . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura Kasischke, , Hyperion edition, in English - 1st ed. About the Book. When Katrina Connors' mother.
But in dreams that become too real to ignore, she's haunted by her mother's cries for help. Finally, she must act on her instinct that something violent and evil has occurred - a realization that brings Kat to a chilling discovery.
Sorry for the hiatus, Geeks. I've been dealing with some personal stuff lately, so I had to neglect the blog to recover in peace. Anyway, I'm back for good! Let's talk about White Bird in a Blizzard, a novel I had started reading a few weeks ago, as well as the movie which I watched recently after finishing the book.
The book blurb seemed interesting. And this book had quite a few rave reviews hailing it as a 'literary masterpiece' and what not. I thought maybe this would be another dark and depressing teenage tale that would leave me wanting more like Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock , which I'm currently re-reading.
The writing! What do I say? Almost everyone who loved this novel claims that the writing is superior to anything they've ever read. But it's so exhausting to read this book! There are metaphors and similes crammed into every single sentence on every single page with so much description and so few dialogues that it drove me nuts. I like deeper meanings, I do. But this book tries to be so deep that nothing remains on the surface.
Let me show you. I'm going to skip to random pages of the ebook now and cite a few examples. We were down there in that darkness, that darkness that might rise and rise, and push everything out of its way as it rose, as it pushed its way out of the living room, swelling up the stairs.
It might smother her in her sleep with its sprawling, domestic flesh. A sudsy bloodbath of energy. Fat, in my pink dress, I was a sad valentine made by a child, made of cotton balls, dime-store doilies and paste - sentimental, pathetic, a little desperate, but sincere.
And all those sweaty nights on the couch, his kisses like blurred stars all up and down my neck. I was still fat. Together we were wading into a tepid lake. The mud was soft and as loose as flesh. Yes, some parts of those quotes have actually been written very beautifully, but so much stuffed into so few pages less than pages as an ebook , it gets to your head. Looks like John Green studied at the Kasischke school of writing.
Similar to Gone Girl, almost every character here has crossed into the moral grey area. Especially the protagonist, Katrina. What do I say about you, Kat? Jul 03, Angela rated it really liked it. This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be.
Katrina Connors is sixteen when her mother walks out on the family. Leaving no trace to where she went. Her family has always been a little different.
Her mother has always wanted more and her father is what most people would consider a push over. As time passes Kat and her father start putting back the pieces This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. As time passes Kat and her father start putting back the pieces of their lives and moving on, while this occurs Kat starts having vivid dreams which start to make her question what exactly happened to her mother.
Katrina is such a interesting character with amazing and poetic depth. She makes for a character worth reading.
Her interactions with the side characters make for such an interesting dynamic for this book, and sets it aside from a lot of other books in it's genre. I loved that every character is built up so slowly and steadily so that by the time you get to the end of the book the characters you thought you knew so well turn out to be nothing like what your mind created.
White Bird will have you questioning everyone and everything. Sep 06, Adrian Maclean rated it it was ok. I expected more from this book. There is a story in here just dying to be developed. I don't need 3 paragraphs describing dirt and while there was a lot of internal dialogue there needed to be more external.
It was very disjointed and all over the place. Also, it seemed like the author went so out of her way to disguise the ending that it became fairly obvious. View 1 comment. Jan 25, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Laura Kasischke writes SO beautifully, even about disturbing things I'd rather not think about. I felt more and more drawn in, even though I began to suspect we'd never find out what happened to the mother, and then we do, but at the last sentence.
I wanted more, as I always do with her sudden endings. View all 4 comments. Sep 26, Staci Miller rated it did not like it Shelves: There are many, many things wrong with this novel.
First, there is barely a plot. The novel is a lot Kat's sexual escapades, a little her feelings, but mostly it's awful metaphor on top of awful metaphor. The novel is so thick with metaphors like literally metaphors, not symbols, badly written metaphors and similies that many chapters were hard to read. Here's an example from the first part of the book: Li There are many, many things wrong with this novel.
Like complaints, or exasperation. Our house was stuck into some of the world's most fertile earth- black and loamy and damp- and anything could have grown there.
A handful of it was as heavy as a heart, or guilt. Saying it's as heavy as guilt is overwrought. Secondly, this book is a prime example of why first person narration is only pulled off by the most deft of writers.
Most of the time, first person narration just annoys me, but in the case of White Bird in a Blizzard first person narration actually causes plot holes. Actual plot holes. How does Kat know the exact inner workings of her mother's mind in times before she was born? Exact details of dates her mother went on before she met Kat's father that she never later talked about? Kat is apparently so connected to her mother that she not only speaks to her in dreams, but she gives her sections of memory that are completely unimportant to Kat.
And lastly, the atrocious ending that anyone could see coming a mile away. Oh never mind about that, let me just fuck this teenage girl for a minute. But it is also further point that beautiful sentences do not a good novel make. In fact, too many beautiful sentences might just make a novel as awful as White Bird in a Blizzard. F Description: No one sees her leave, but she is gone. Only the morning before, my mother was a housewife—a housewife who, for twenty years, kept our house as swept up and sterile as the mind of winter itself, so perhaps she finally just whisk-broomed herself out, a luminous cloud of her drifting through the bedroom window as soft as talcum powder, mingling with the snowflakes as they fell, and the stardust and the lunar ash out there.
Her name is Eve, and this is Garden heights, Ohio. Not so much. Aug 29, Kim rated it it was ok.
Really interesting story that was ruined by too much writing. Not every sentence has to be a simile or metaphor. Feb 20, Ali rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this book. Laura's writing style is so beautiful, and the story is so captivating and enthralling.. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves descriptive language and enjoys a good mystery. White Bird in a Blizzard is one of those books that stick with you, long after being read. It haunts you as you go about your day or in your enigmatic dreams.
I finished it and was left with a wanting. As someone who has seen the movie first, I was somewhat familiarized with the story. However, as my theory goes, the book is always better and I wasn't disappointed. The ending of the book is much different from the ending of the movie, some might even say more predictable. It's interesting how th White Bird in a Blizzard is one of those books that stick with you, long after being read. It's interesting how that doesn't take away from the intense build up of what is yet to come.
White Bird in a Blizzard is about what it's like to be a teenager and to have your Mom disappear out of the blue one day. Left with your simple-minded father, you put a callous over your heart so as not to deal in reality. Kat is clearly in denial about what she suspects happened to her mother. Everyone, including Kat, wants to believe she took off.
I found this odd because she doesn't take her purse. That alone is suspicious. Kat has nightmares about her mother nightly and again, stuffs down her feelings and emotions about it, writing it off as nothing.
Something is very wrong, off even, but her mind is not quite ready to deal with it until the end. That is when she discovers what happens to her mother, as she is led to her, slowly but surely. In the book, Laura Kasischke, never outright tells us what happens to Kat's mother. She alludes to it and makes it obvious what it is and who is responsible. A very sad ending to a book about what happens when someone in your life goes missing.
There's not always happy endings and rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes, the answer is right under your nose and chances are you knew it all along.
Our mind tries to protect itself from horrible things and that's what this book is all about. Aug 28, Mary rated it it was ok. Descriptions are gorgeous but they make up more than half the book -- the balance of plot, new information, movement, etc. By the end of the book it felt I'd read so many pages just to get to a fairly obvious plot twist.
That being said, I would have freaking LOVED this book as a short story or novella -- the atmospheric attention to eerie detail, the repeating images gaining layers of meaning Still a fun, fast read with some lovely language.
After a couple weeks thinking about this book I have revised my formerly gentle opinion of the ending. Jun 29, Brian rated it it was amazing. In my mind, some sort of lost classic. A coming of age tale, told in the most poetic and gorgeous of language.
Eventually moves into more "thriller" and "mystery" territory but never losing sight of the realism and emotion at its core. I also love that as the answers get hinted at us, they are never spelled out.
You can figure out what is going on but you have to think a little bit. Hopefully the upcoming movie results in a reprint. The cast list for it seems perfect is Shailene Woodley actually In my mind, some sort of lost classic. The cast list for it seems perfect is Shailene Woodley actually clones of herself?
How can she be every teenage character now and I am a huge fan of Gregg Araki so I am excited for that. Aug 27, Krystyna rated it it was ok. I gave the book a shot since a movie is coming out and I usually likes books more, in this case I won't be reading another book by this author and I won't be seeing the movie.
It was all to blah to me. No real intrigue at all. Not to mention it was predictable and the main character was a slut who only cared about herself. Nov 14, Rachael Holladay rated it really liked it. The ending was unexpected and kind of "messed up" just the way I like it.
Jul 15, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Kasischke has a very poetic voice, one of the main reasons to read this book. Mar 19, Alisha Marie rated it liked it Shelves: I was left completely confused after I read it, watched the movie, thought "Oh.
Now that wasn't an impressed 'huh', but more of a I-kind-of-get-it-but-I'm-not-overly-impressed 'huh'. My thoughts after reading White Bird in a Blizzard is So White Bird in a Blizzard features the coming of age of a teenage girl after her mother mysteriously disappears.
My main issue with this book is that I could care less about Kat's coming of age and was drawn more towards her mother Eve's plot line. I was desperate to know what happened to Eve.
Did she really leave of her own volition or was there foul play involved? Kat trying to deal with her mother's disappearance was a total bore to me because Kat is an extremely cold and aloof character. I never got a real feel for her. All I know about her is that she's at that age where sex is at the forefront of her mind and apparently consumes her every waking moment and that she doesn't really miss her mom.
The only time Kat was even vaguely interesting to me was when Kasischke was delving into her relationship with Eve. Everything else about Kat, I could n't care less about. Here's the thing that I'm starting to sense about Laura Kasischke books.
In my opinion, they tend to be just sort of average up until you reach the end and then you're left reeling. An explosive ending can make a difference between a three star rating and a four star rating. While the ending in White Bird in a Blizzard was somewhat explosive, I still kind of saw it coming. I think I realized what had happened about a few pages before Kat did which isn't that bad since I tend to predict things correctly pretty early on and my heart was pounding in anticipation about what would happen when she did eventually find out.
However, I found the ending in this book to be somewhat abrupt. I would have loved it if the author would have given it at least a few more pages to wrap White Bird in a Blizzard a bit more coherently. So overall I found White Bird in a Blizzard to be just okay.
I say, maybe wait for the movie. Oct 26, Kayla rated it it was ok. I decided to give this book a read whenever I saw the movie trailer. It appeared to be something that I would be interested in, but I always try to read the book first if given the opportunity. By this point in the book, I was already tired of the too long descriptions about things that didn't make a bit of difference to the story.
There's a line between well written and overly descriptive and boring. Whi I decided to give this book a read whenever I saw the movie trailer. White Bird in a Blizzard crossed that line. However, not one to give up so easily, I decided to stick with the book a little longer to see if something would grab my attention. Unfortunately, that never happened. While I did finish the book, there was never a point where the story took off and truly became interesting.
The story was not only boring, but was disjointed and all over the place. I felt like too much attention was paid to things that were inconsequential and not enough attention was paid to things that would have brought this book to the next level.
And although this was a coming of age story about a teenage girl after her mother's disappearance, I didn't really care about Kat. I was much more interested in Eve and her disappearance. Perhaps that's where my main disappointment in the book comes from. It focused much more heavily on something that I didn't care about. On a side note, very shortly after I finished this book, I watched the movie.
I enjoyed it slightly more than I enjoyed the book. I attribute this to the ending of the movie which is slightly different than the ending of the book. So, while I'm not inclined to recommend the movie or the book, if I had to make a choice between the two, I'd say go for the movie in this case. Sep 01, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: Was pulled in very quickly and read it over the weekend. Kasischke uses a lot of language and phrases I really enjoyed.
Every once in a while it gets a little too metaphor-heavy, but most of the language does a great job of snowballing into a very creepy, tactile sense of icy doom.