Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Book Review: Depths

Depths by Henning Mankell. This story is about a Swedish naval officer (Lars) who is tasked with measuring the depths of the oceans around certain archipelagos near Sweden. The Swedish navy is interested in finding secret navigable routes for its Navy in preparation for WWI. It is also the story of the depths of Lars's depravity and spiral of doom. This reminds me a bit of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In that novel, we know the crime, we watch the agony of the despair until the ultimate punishment is meted out. In this novel, we watch the spiraling depths of despair, until we finally learn the crime(s).

This novel was recommended by Tyler Cowen:

It is a deeply disturbing book with an amazing portrait of a man spiraling out of control.

1 comment:

Jilly said...

Ah, book reviews, great.

Finally I can leave a message and thankyou for your comments on Menton and Monte Carlo. I love your comments - keeps me on my toes - and know I did OK when you pass by! Always makes my day - we both love that Riviera feel, that architecture, the whole Somerset Maughan, palms and blue Med bit, I think. Anyway, many thanks, Radman. And good luck with your blog and book reviews.