Saturday, December 26, 2009
Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti (65)
I loved this book. Set in Sweden, the main characters are Benny, a busy and unschooled farmer; and Shrimp, an intellectual librarian, both lonely and in their 30's. Benny would like a wife who can help with the cows and sheep, clean the house, cook, and do all the chores of a farm wife. Shrimp's ideal partner would enjoy the opera, enjoy discussing books and politics, and taking in the pleasures of town life. In spite of their differences, these two opposite characters are somehow fatally attracted to each other, highly motivated to weave their lives together. Alternating chapters are given in the perspective of the two voices. This is the best fiction I've read recently.