The Giraffe’s Neck
The perspective of the narrative in this novel is unique. Inge Lohmark is a biology teacher at the Charles Darwin secondary school in the former East Germany. This story is about Inge’s observation of changing times, which are strongly connected to concepts of biology. The overall tone seemed somber, as though she recognized that the circumstances around her were changing while she struggled to keep up. I think this book’s strength is in the way that it’s written.
Her firm stance in the belief of evolution as an approach to observation and describing human nature was unique, and written in the voice of a scholar. The way everything connected to biology and humans as evolutionary beings was interesting. The prose was beautiful, and I thought the writing was very poetic, although difficult. That being said, The Giraffe’s Neck is not a traditional novel. Sometimes it was hard to follow as some of the dialogue and internal monologues were not explained and thoughts were often fragmented, as were the sentences, causing confusion at times. Plot progression is subtle but overall, it was a book I enjoyed and would read again just to experience the writing style some more.
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