I guess “grim” and “dark” should have been my first clues…
Parents selling their children to slavery. Pedophile Priests. Sadness. Despair. Self-repulsion. Gratuitous language. Grim. Dark.
I couldn’t finish. I read 20%, skimmed the middle, got the idea, and read the end. I never do that.
I get why it’s so loved. The writing is fantastic…the despair is real. I felt claustrophobic just reading about working in the mines. To those who appreciate powerful writing that stirs (negative) emotion, I understand your enthusiasm.
This wasn’t for me.
Happy Reading! (But not if you read this book.)