Since I last commented on books I have read ten in September and well onto another ten in October. I was hooked on a couple of authors but have chosen this book because I persevered with it almost to the end.
The High Mountains of Portugal was certainly an unusual book and I ended up giving in about fifty pages from the end. I just could not understand what it was about . The novel is in three parts. It starts with a story of a man who walks backwards as the result of his grief over losing his lover, his child and his father. He becomes obsessed with an object he reads about in a priest’s journal , a cross. He undertakes a journey meeting people along the way to his destination. It’s sad and it’s about loss and grief but sometimes humourous.
The second part is about a pathologist, There is some talk of miracles, the bible and Jesus. Agatha Christie and chimpanzees play a role in this section.
The third part is also about a grieving man and a journey . Chimpanzees and grief seem to be a common theme across the three sections. I gave up in the third section as the book was totally beyond me… Then again I wasn’t a huge fan of The Life of Pi, the author’s previous book. This one was certainly not my cup of tea.
If you would like to read a positive review check one out here.