Ok, Mr. Field by Katharine Kilalea: a tale of loneliness and madness.


Taken from the publisher’s website: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com

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Ok, Mr. Field by Katharine Kilalea was one of those books that had everything to become one of my favorites but unfortunately it didn’t. In fact, it was rather a lukewarm reading experience.

This debut novel tells us the story of Mr. Field, a pianist who after an accident that damages his wrist, sees his career destroyed. This short book explores themes like profound loneliness, madness, and human disconnection. It’s a slow and introspective novel that uses silence as a main tool.

This is usually the kind of book I love and become obsessed about but, although Ok, Mr. Field had all the perfect and needed ingredients, it just didn’t work for me. Mr. Field can’t seem to connect with reality and I failed to connect with him. The truth is that understanding and feeling a connection with the main character in this kind of books is sort of mandatory, in my opinion. Otherwise, we are mere spectators, strangers totally distanced from the narrative. And, that’s what happened.

In spite of the way I felt about this debut, I still think if you’re into slow narratives that mainly explore the human condition, you might enjoy this one. I am giving it three stars and not any less because this could have been brilliant, indeed.

I’d like to thank Crown Publishing for the free copy. You can buy it here.

Book Details:

Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group (Penguin Random House)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Price: $21.00

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