The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe – Book Review

This novella, which is loosely based on a quote from Somerset Maugham, tells the story of an Indonesian girl who moves from her fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant.

The writing is beautiful, the world is lush and strange, Mina is sweet and innocent, but this book just didn’t speak to me. I know I am absolutely in the minority here, as not only is it highly reviewed by many, it also won the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize and it was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. I guess different people like different things.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s