book review The starless sea erin morgenstern

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

I’m not sure what to tell you about this book. My experience in reading it went from one extreme to another.

While reading the first half, I thought about putting it down at least a dozen times. I couldn’t get into it, never felt myself drawn to it, but still there was this little spark that made me pick it back up every single time. 

I know I love Erin Morgenstern’s writing, so I didn’t just want to give up. The thought of DNF’ing the prettiest book I own was unbearable. So I soldiered on.

And it’s a good thing I did.

It took me three weeks to read the first half of the book but I finished the second half in two days. 

I’m definitely conflicted. This book won’t be for everyone! But my biggest trouble with it also turned out to be the thing that made the whole book what it is. There’s just SO MUCH. Every chapter of the main story is followed by a chapter from one of the books Zachary finds. Those interludes are absolutely beautiful and I loved them very much but they interrupt the flow of the main-story… 

Finishing the book, I was left with a lot of questions. But maybe I’m just overthinking things too much. I know myself, I’m always looking for answers and doubting the ones I’m given…

I think this is one of those books that you should reread to get the full picture. And even though I struggled to keep reading, upon finishing it I don’t think I can give this book anything else than five stars.

Have you read it?

What are your thoughts? 

Waterstones Exclusive Edition
498 pages
Published November 5th 2019 
ISBN: 9781785176418

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