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Quite scary book Really well described how a child can deal and understand a loss, feelings of guilt and fear Due to specific language used, I cannot really picture a translation in any other language than Slovene Makes you want to readfrom this author. It took me a little while to get into Dark Mother Earth, unsure at first where the story was going The turning point for me was when Matija began to delve into his past From that moment, the book gripped me and I was keen to turn each page and find out what would happen next Overall, this book presented an interesting study of how events in childhood can shape adult life, and the long term effects of trauma on the psyche The prose had a nice blend of punch and lyricism, and Matija s narrativ It took me a little while to get into Dark Mother Earth, unsure at first where the story was going The turning point for me was when Matija began to delve into his past From that moment, the book gripped me and I was keen to turn each page and find out what would happen next Overall, this book presented an interesting study of how events in childhood can shape adult life, and the long term effects of trauma on the psyche The prose had a nice blend of punch and lyricism, and Matija s narrative was compelling I would definitely readfrom Novak in the future if some of his other works are translated.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Finished reading January 6th 2020 DNF at 31% 95 pages At a time when no one but Matija Dolen ec cared about this, he was prepared to do almost anything to write onegood story A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley andCrossing in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoiler WARNING unpopular opinion ahead I always love discovering new international authors and translations enable us to discover books that otherwise wouldn Finished reading January 6th 2020 DNF at 31% 95 pages At a time when no one but Matija Dolen ec cared about this, he was prepared to do almost anything to write onegood story A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley andCrossing in exchange for an honest review Thank you view spoiler WARNING unpopular opinion ahead I always love discovering new international authors and translations enable us to discover books that otherwise wouldn t have been available to us I don t think I ve read a book by a Croatian author before, and after reading the blurb of Dark Mother Earth and seeing the extremely high rating on Goodreads, I was convinced I had found the perfect title to remedy that I really thought that I was going to enjoy this one, especially with such a fantastic blurb, but I guess it just wasn t ment to be I really hate having a DNF this early in the year already, but I just couldn t get myself to keep reading in the end I ll try to explain below why.I ll keep this short, but there were quite a few factors that played a role in my decision to DNF Not only did I find that the story is too chaotic, superslow and nothing really makes sense, but I also felt that nothing much seems to be happening even almost a third into the book I wasn t a fan of the writing style at all It feels like random words and thoughts have been put on paper without a proper meaning or order, and it soundedlike random ramblings rather than a cohesive story The characters are absolutely despicable and their ramblings and character development hardly make any sense Or at least the minimum development I could see in the first third of the book Also, there is way too much sex talk involved, and in a disrespectful way too Confusing, tedious, dull, frustrating and quite frankly simply exasperating trust me, I really tried and gave this book multiple second chances, but in the end I just couldn t force myself to keep reading to see if things would improve I guess this book most definitely wasn t for me I seem to be in the minority though, so if you think this could be your cup of tea you might want to try it anyway I guess it s unpopular opinion time again hide spoiler P.S Findof my reviews here. Thanks Netgalley for the chance to read this.However, I had to DNF as the story didn t make sense, didn t connect me not even from the beginning The story is all scrambled and moved so slowly that at the 25% I just couldn t and didn t want to keep investing my time on this story that I was not enjoying. Ftlj V 2019PROS Predivan, bogat me imurski govorbriljantni dijelovi o vezi Matije i Dine dosta originalnog humora pomije anog s ironijom, gor inom i surovom stvarno u92 o nadimcima gr88888888888888141 grimeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy gr88888888888888132 THIS IS SOME FCKED UPPP BUT GR8888 ORIGINAL SHTTTTTTTTTTTneopisivo jaka i unparaleled, realna, ivotna karakterizacija lik ov a200 203 UDESAN storytelling na mahove, na najvi oj svjetskoj razini 26 engaging as fck zasad gr8888888 stufff99, 100 brutaln Ftlj V 2019PROS Predivan, bogat me imurski govorbriljantni dijelovi o vezi Matije i Dine dosta originalnog humora pomije anog s ironijom, gor inom i surovom stvarno u92 o nadimcima gr88888888888888141 grimeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy gr88888888888888132 THIS IS SOME FCKED UPPP BUT GR8888 ORIGINAL SHTTTTTTTTTTTneopisivo jaka i unparaleled, realna, ivotna karakterizacija lik ov a200 203 UDESAN storytelling na mahove, na najvi oj svjetskoj razini 26 engaging as fck zasad gr8888888 stufff99, 100 brutalno, dirljivo32 gr8888888888888888888888888888834 gr8888888888888888888888888888888203 DAAYUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM112 ouu53 gr888888888888115 lmaooooooooooo117 gr88888888888888123 THIS IS SOME GR8888 STUFFFF CONS major plot holes, nelogi nosti u izgradnji fabule, totalno nerazra en i nerealiziran lik Stjepana He imovi a, nepotrebno PREDETALJNOOO na mahovenije ba jasna pozicija pripovjeda a, kao da je mi ung infantilne i odrasle perspektive 67 OGROMANNNNNN PLOT HOLE sestra mu tek sad pokazuje morbidne crte e koje je crtao u djetinjstvu koje je, kao, potisnuo i 69 govori mu to mu se doga alo u djetinjstvu, ali ajd, nije neka ciljana stvarnosnost u nekim stvarima, ionako223 Evociranjem tajanstvenog onostranog mo da bi u inio jo ve u tetu grozno, jedan klinac da se ovako izra ava i rezonira bad writing222 isforsirano230 jedna takva majka da se ubije i prepusti dijete na milost i nemilost monstrumu besmisleno, TERRIBLE WRITING246 de dobro je, tko bi to napravio dok mu je dijete tako u ku i da ga istraumatizira de dobroooo jeeeee ako se ve htio ubiti, sigurno ne bi to napravio takav lik dok mu je dijete u gostima50 ovaj Matija je totalno nerealan lik, da netko mo e tako patolo ki lagati major plot hole ali ajd, ulazak fantasy elemenata kao238 not believable, nedovoljan motiv za suicidprotagonist previ e nerealno misli da se svijet okre e oko njega, da je za sve kriv249 totalno isforsirano ovo vje anje, kao i Imbrinokoji klinac, pre lame kraj, ovaj EPILOG je imao NEIZMJERNO ve i potencijal..ba bezveze zadnjih par re enica, totalno antiklimakti no NA MOJU OGROMNU ALOST211 Koji klinac Ovi He to i Pujto iz krvolo nih ubojica postali sveznaju i pripovjeda i38 lmaoooooo a tko ce biti taj koji ce odrediti sta su velike stvari , a sta detalji181 uncalled for patetikaOSTALE BILJE KE 57 prijelaz u 3.l.69 i see dead peopleeeeeeeeeee, paranormal activityyyyyy, darkk79 totalno nerazra en i nerealiziran lik Stjepana He imovi a, u inio se kao Platon Karataev iz Rata i mira ili Zosima, otprilike87 pripovjeda u 1 licu, Matijina ispovijest Me imurska kozmogonijska legenda89 kao ljudi Nahvao i Nazbilj 94 Matija o svojoj djetinjastoj percepciji sa 6 godina102 plot hole oma ka, Matija tek sad spominje da je rekao ocu da ga mrzi jer mu nije htio re i za blago u umi, a prije je tvrdio da je mislio da je umro jer mu je smetalo kad je smrdio105 baka ga s pri ama nafilovala kobnim, o ajni kim idejama o diklicama u Muriizra eni elementi Bildungsromanapljuvanje dru tvenih ure enja108 okrutnosti u pred kolihist metafikcija, komunizam144 usp Stranger Things149 selja inemali Matija istraumatiziran o evom smr u po eo ego tripati i umi ljati no ne 188 usp Gruntov ani198 grimeyyyyyyyyyyyGRIMEYYYYYYYYY AS F220 odlepio hahhPRESUDA uz dora ivanje, ovaj roman je mogao biti pravim remek djelom najvi e svjetske razine ovako, ostaje dojam aljenja za propu tenim potencijalom, dojam nepotpunosti iako, naravno, ima genijalnih dijelova povrh svega, briljantnih karakterizacijaridikulozan pogovor, da je Novak imao nekog half a ed decent urednika,ovo je moglo bit j 8o remek djeloKa e urednik u pogovoru Zato to stvari vidi u toj slo enoj povezanosti i tra i njihovu harmoniju, Kristian Novak je i frajer Wuuuttt via my blog When one person took their life, the disease was theirs alone When four people took their lives, the whole village was afflicted Successful Croatian author Matija s creativity, born out of a disconnect from the torment of his past, seems to have abandoned him His third book is a failure, nothing is going right since Dina walked out of his life A pit is opening inside of him, abandoning himself to the abyss he must confront the past he has b via my blog When one person took their life, the disease was theirs alone When four people took their lives, the whole village was afflicted Successful Croatian author Matija s creativity, born out of a disconnect from the torment of his past, seems to have abandoned him His third book is a failure, nothing is going right since Dina walked out of his life A pit is opening inside of him, abandoning himself to the abyss he must confront the past he has buried in the dark mother earth of the Croatian village of his childhood Fear has been at the heart of his creations, his make believe life the safety net that has maintained his sanity, kept the demons of the past from pulling him back to the trauma he has repressed He doesn t even truly know what he has buried Dina wants his memories, whether they expose his fragility or not, this is the meat of any solid relationship How can love be real if you don t share your childhood, the glory days and the goofy awkward stages What if all you have is horror How do you share memories you don t even have Some things are better left repressed Some memories are wild animals, animals he left behind before he and his family moved away to Zagreb But memories have a keen sense of smell and can track you down, no matter how many years pass in between.Reaching back, further back it all began with the passing of Matija s father when he was only six or maybe the rot seeped in because of the legend his grandmother told him Something about the soil of that burial ground disturbs him, some sort of staged feeling about his father s funeral births mistrust of the villagers This child s disbelief in the face of loss, death is the seed that germinates into abandonment of reality Grief gets tangled into stories about the will o the wisp folk, and what is real for a child What about the world is solid when you are still trying to wrap your mind around all the big and small nagging questions of the world What happens when the village starts watching you because they think you are different, a troubled child What happens when you start to see things, know things maybe even become the catalyst for tragedies, and realize that they could be right about you What s a boy to do when the brutal dark things visit him, as if summoned by his need This novel is a strange type of horror story whose engine is revved all because of Matija s love for Dina Everything rises to the surface, you must face the dark earth of your origins in order to have a chance at love The past always comes back for us For Matija the things left unexplained have soured his thoughts, a curious, intelligent, creative little boy left to makes sense of the wounds of losing his father He never really recovered from that first loss, and everything that followed the suicides, the terrible things people hide from each other in any village or town haunts him so much that any fabrication is better than facing everything he knew He doesn t understand his father s death and his mom and sister are so swamped in grief they don t know how damaging keeping him in the dark will become His strange drawings don t help, he feeds the villagers fear of him, he can t seem to help it He is fated to be an outcast, every village needs one, it makes it so much easier to avoid the real horror, within ourselves and each other Collectively, these people are suspicious and distrusting of anything different, they can overlook the ugliness in those nearest and dearest so long as the person seems admirable, clean..etc The horror is in that War is looming, at least that is something solid to fear and maybe they can turn their hate there.There is an eeriness in what Matija starts seeing, and the overwhelming horror of fantasy that becomes a threat for others near him, which at the heart really comes from a place of love and grief to have his dad come back from the dead The scariest moment is in his fervent, childish hope by the water with his friend His mother just wants him to act like a normal boy, because behaving like his natural self carries the threat of being taken away He learns early on how to betray himself, and in turn, how to betray others in order to fit in It s hard to blame his actions, who doesn t want to feel accepted somewhere, especially when you re young and have been on the outside for so long Sadly, it s one of the biggest mistakes of his life, some things can t be fixed Is he the disease in the midst Is he really to blame as people begin to take their own lives Things you ve forgotten bide their time They keep an eye on you, poke each other in the ribs, and snicker softly so as not to disturb the sanctity of the delusion They only start getting louder when you begin to stagnate, when there s no forward movement and that s when they go after you, seething because you ve forbidden them from coexisting with all the new things you neatly pack into the storage unit known as your life We are the horror It s a solid novel, it put me in a strange place We forget how fear can consume young minds and how destructive fantasy can be What a sad tale.Publication Date January 14, 2020 Crossing I know I said how captivating this book was, but I think I may have either jinxed it or spoken too soon For the first while, this book was captivating And I honestly feel guilty about marking it as DNF because I feel like the beginning of this book was so good and so promising that I want to see if it ended with the same amount of intensity The thing that stopped me from reading was when the main character began to remember his past and his back story It kind of all fell apart for me there I know I said how captivating this book was, but I think I may have either jinxed it or spoken too soon For the first while, this book was captivating And I honestly feel guilty about marking it as DNF because I feel like the beginning of this book was so good and so promising that I want to see if it ended with the same amount of intensity The thing that stopped me from reading was when the main character began to remember his past and his back story It kind of all fell apart for me there I was initially pulled in by the plot of the lies and the mystery behind this back story and I feel we were almost given the answers too easily I wanted it to bedrawn out to keep reeling me in, not give everything to me once I m hookedA dream should be so powerful that it sucks you inThe plot of this book was fascinating though It opens with a dedicated introduction on this small community and the number of suicides that shook this community to the core, and at the center of it all was this boy who disappeared That s where the story starts, with a man named Matija Matija is an author who has already published two respected novels He s attempting to go for the hat trick and write a third book that blows the other two out of the water, but he can t seem to find the proper inspiration or muse, especially since his girlfriend left him because of all the stories he makes up to hide the actual events of his life up until that point What Matija can t tell his girlfriend is he honestly can t remember his childhood, the death of his father, his time in school, none of it Like I said, that first bit about the lies and the fabrications were what originally captivated me, but we were given all the answers to his past way too quickly for me to be comfortable with I feel it should ve been broken up or we something so it wasn t like one second he can t remember and the next he s telling the reader all about this life he claims he can t remember I struggled a bit to get into this book, I believe, because there is not the kind of folklore here in Canada that is heavily present in this book However, I did thoroughly appreciate it, and the deep emotions displayed throughout the whole story To the point I needed to take some pauses to regain my own emotions from the pure rage Matija has It was a beautiful book, just not my genre I m very glad it got translated to English For those who are into magical realism, this book is for you I r I struggled a bit to get into this book, I believe, because there is not the kind of folklore here in Canada that is heavily present in this book However, I did thoroughly appreciate it, and the deep emotions displayed throughout the whole story To the point I needed to take some pauses to regain my own emotions from the pure rage Matija has It was a beautiful book, just not my genre I m very glad it got translated to English For those who are into magical realism, this book is for you I received a digital copy of the book from NetGalley for an honest review I think this was a really interesting and well written story, but there were a couple things that I just couldn t get past I hate violence to animals and child sexual abuse, and this book had both The writer is such a great, vivid writer, and so there are a couple of images that I would very much like to forget but probably will never be able to Unfortunately, it made me not enjoy this book all that much Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest I think this was a really interesting and well written story, but there were a couple things that I just couldn t get past I hate violence to animals and child sexual abuse, and this book had both The writer is such a great, vivid writer, and so there are a couple of images that I would very much like to forget but probably will never be able to Unfortunately, it made me not enjoy this book all that much Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review `READ PDF ✙ Črna mati zemla ↠ AN AMNESIAC WRITER S LIFE OF LIES AND FALSE MEMORIES REACHES A BREAKING POING IN THIS STUNNING ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBUT FROM AN AWARD WINNING CROATIAN AUTHORAs a novelist, Matija makes things up for a living Not yet thirty, he s written two well received books It s his third that is as big a failure as his private life Unable to confine his fabrications to fiction, he s been abandoned by his girlfriend over his lies But all Matija has is invention Especially when it comes to his childhood and the death of his father Whatever happened to Matija as a young boy, he can t remember He feels frightened, angry, and responsibleNow, after years of burying and reinventing his past, Matija must confront it Longing for connection, he might even win back the love of his life But discovering the profound fears he has suppressed has its risks Finally seeing the real world he emerged from could upend it all over again Kristian Novak PBrilliance Publishing, Inc all rights reserved Translationby Ellen Elias Bursac The Beautiful Matija makes things up for a living Not yet thirty Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History he s written two well received books It s his third that is as big a failure as his private life Unable to confine his fabrications to fiction The Court of the Empress Josephine he s been abandoned by his girlfriend over his lies But all Matija has is invention Especially when it comes to his childhood and the death of his father Whatever happened to Matija as a young boy กระบี่เทพสังหาร เล่ม 5 he can t remember He feels frightened อัสตา-มายาน่า angry Scrapman and the 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