Book Review: 4/5
Impression: The book felt well written and cohesive, without using repetitive metaphors.
I liked the fisherman’s tale, but then it was hard to feel the narrative until after the mermaid joined the “circus”, as I couldn’t see why she would get involved in that, considering how principled she was.
The book touches on the woman’s condition in the 19th century, but I felt it left loose threads when it came to the main character’s outcome.
Also, I always expected Barnum to put up much more of a fight to keep the mermaid, but then, in the third act, he wasn’t even present physically. The conclusion seemed to happen without him.
All in all, it’s a good summer read that will occupy your mind for a few hours.
Will I read the author again: Yes, especially since I’ve been eyeing Lost Boy for a while.
Book description: “Once there was a fisherman who lived on a cold and rocky coast [...]. One evening he pulled up his net and found a woman in it. A woman with black hair and eyes as grey as a stormy sea and a gleaming fish's tail instead of legs.
[...] Her eyes had seen inside of him, and his loneliness caught her more surely than the net. So she stayed with him, and loved him, though he grew old, and she did not.
Remarks of this strange and unusual woman travelled from village to village and town to town, until they reached the ears of a man whose business was in the selling of the strange and unusual.
His name was P.T. Barnum, and he’d been looking for a mermaid.”