I meant to read this book last year, but no matter, it was very much worth the wait. Everyone seems to have read and loved Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and I’m happy to join the group of recommenders.
I wadn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.When Kya learns to read, this is what she says. And no that’s not a typo, it’s the way she speaks in the book.
This was such a beautiful book to read for the beginning of this new year.
Where The Crawdads Sing is a book with so many themes There’s the Marsh Girl, Kya, who has been living in a marsh her whole life and has become almost one with the surrounding nature. She is the main character and we get to experience the story through her: poverty, belonging, not belonging, abandonment, bullying, prejudice, love, lust, betrayal and equally many details and themes about the nature of the marsh. Oh and there is also a murder investigation, so this books is a mix of historical/romance/mystery genres.
Kya is abandoned to fend for herself in the marsh where she used to live in with her family. The nearby townspeople would call her trash, and so she has only few people who are kind to her. She goes to school for just one day, and then gives up due to the bullying and feeling like she doesn’t belong with the townspeople. Luckily she has a friend, Tate, who is a bit older than Kya and can teach her to read so that she can learn about the world around her. And Kya learns, and becomes a young woman who is quite independent in the marsh. She becomes an author to books about marsh plants, birds etc and uses her artistic skills to paint the books she writes. As Kya grows older we of course get the romance side as well: her happy and unfortunate experiences with love that eventually lead to her being a suspect in a murder trial.
There is a lot happening in this book even though it does have a nice and slow pace whenever the marsh details are described. I think I enjoyed the first half of the book most, where we focus on Kya’s childhood years, her struggles with getting by every day and the wonders the nature has to offer. I really loved the moment where she learns to read, the pure wonder of it. ❤ I can still remember it myself, when I realised that I could read. It was amazing how much of the world can open up by mastering that skill.
The love troubles and murder trial were interesting enough but they did not hold my attention the same way as the natural wonders of the marsh. Lovely book, thought provoking and at times very serene. Much recommended!
Where The Crawdads Sing fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:
A book about poverty (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book everyone seems to have read but you (Popsugar Reading Challenge)