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READ PDF Ø The Search for Heinrich Schlögel ⛈ Martha Baillie s hypnotic novel follows Heinrich Schl gel from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a two week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island His journey quickly becomes surreal he experiences strange encounters and inexplicable visions as shards of Arctic history emerge from the shifting landscape When he returns from his hike, he discovers that, though he has not aged, thirty years have passedNarrated by an unnamed archivist who is attempting to piece together the truth of Heinrich s life, The Search for Heinrich Schl gel dances between reality and dream, asking us to consider not only our role in imagining the future into existence but also the consequences of our past choices I can t really explain why I loved this so much, I just do I thank the universe for sending this book my way at the time that it did. It s hard to find a way to articulate what I liked so much about this novel, and why it was so powerful, beyond saying it just sounds at a pitch that resonates with me It s a novel that provokes questions about loneliness and isolation, and about the desire to leave home or explore or pursue or dreams whatever they may be, and how those single minded pursuits even when successful might untether us forever from who we were and the world we belonged to Putting it that sounds very metaphysica It s hard to find a way to articulate what I liked so much about this novel, and why it was so powerful, beyond saying it just sounds at a pitch that resonates with me It s a novel that provokes questions about loneliness and isolation, and about the desire to leave home or explore or pursue or dreams whatever they may be, and how those single minded pursuits even when successful might untether us forever from who we were and the world we belonged to Putting it that sounds very metaphysical and vague, but what makes this novel so good is that it isn t vague, it s specific without getting trapped in a sense of being allegory and it s literal without being bland realism Which again doesn t really say much, I guess, so just read the book, please Many people believe that as Martha Baillie s publisher I cannot possibly give an objective account of her work, being too invested in its sales outcome I disagree Recently on Facebook, friends have been listing their top ten books, and each time I see one of these lists I want to make my own present day list, which would include Martha s new novel, The Search for Heinrich Schl gel The work is so masterfully created, so utterly original and so perfectly fitting to the spirit of our time I Many people believe that as Martha Baillie s publisher I cannot possibly give an objective account of her work, being too invested in its sales outcome I disagree Recently on Facebook, friends have been listing their top ten books, and each time I see one of these lists I want to make my own present day list, which would include Martha s new novel, The Search for Heinrich Schl gel The work is so masterfully created, so utterly original and so perfectly fitting to the spirit of our time I have read it at least eight times, and each time I am thrust into the deepest kind of reading pleasure, by which I mean thinking, sailing, wondering, worrying the promises of literary fiction delivered again and again and again I have read this book closely, carefully, openly As American author Howard Norman has already said, I too must say Martha s novel is a masterpiece Talk about serendipity I ran across this book when it was given away as an ARC at BEA this year And although you are not supposed to judge a book for its cover, it was the cover that prompted me to put the book on top of my to read pile of ARCs.It has been one of the most pleasurable readings in a long time Is certainly the first book where I was able to admire the beauty of the English language.Baillie has crafted sentences, paragraphs and chapters where the reader is unable to detach him he Talk about serendipity I ran across this book when it was given away as an ARC at BEA this year And although you are not supposed to judge a book for its cover, it was the cover that prompted me to put the book on top of my to read pile of ARCs.It has been one of the most pleasurable readings in a long time Is certainly the first book where I was able to admire the beauty of the English language.Baillie has crafted sentences, paragraphs and chapters where the reader is unable to detach him herself of the characters, not even their surroundings.It was not the story, but the way it was told , that I enjoyed the most Several examples come to mind, but I would like to cite this one The complete absence of trees in no way bothered him He felt disloyal, however, for not missing the presence of trees Surely it was ungrateful of him to forget about them so easily He tried to remember all that trees have given him shelter from the wet, the pleasurable sound of leaves rustling, the relief of shade, the beauty of dappled light His efforts met with resistance If he conjured a general idea of a tree, it felt unconvincing If he started to recall a particular tree, one he knew well, its presence became too real and intruded.From this, you can easily feel the anguish of Heinrich over such a trivial issue as missing trees in a hike.As always with books that I enjoyed reading, the ending fails to keep up with the rest of the book It even contradicts what was stated at the beginning of the book view spoiler There it is stated that Heinrich is always mistaken for someone else, but at the end it is a person being looked for by the police Additionally, I would have loved to know how the archivist came into contact with Heinrich s journal The journal, the reconstruction of Heinrich s journey has such a central place in the story that I was expecting some closure in the issue hide spoiler However, these qualms do not lessen my appreciation of this book It was wonderfully written and it left me with a sensation of loss now that it is over