78. TAINARON, BY LEENA KROHN
Recommended by Tytti. This is quite a weird book, I don’t think the categories I’ve been using apply. It’s not a novel; there is no plot and very few characters (and their personalities matter very little). It’s mostly worldbuilding.
The book consists of 30 letters an unknown narrator sends to their lover. They have immigrated across the broad expanse of Oceanus to Tainaron, a city populated by insects. Each of these letters tell a bit about the city and contain some thoughts and impressions from the narrator.
I didn’t really like it, to be honest. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like my books to have a plot, this was too philosophical and poetical for me. I have to admit, however, that Tainaron seemed fascinating; I would love to read a story (with a proper beginning, middle and ending) set in it.
Up next: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot