In Our Strange Gardens

In Our Strange Gardens by Michel Quint is a strange, slight tale that manages to convey much in a simple, straightforward manner and unique economy of language. Memory, war, childhood, penance, and absurdity are spun into a powerful amalgam that resonates long after having read the slim volume. On its surface, this is a story imparted to a child about his father’s experience in WWII, but the inherent questions of guilt and morality loom large at the periphery of the narrative. With many layers to examine and appreciate, ultimately I found the child’s burgeoning understanding of why his father behaved the way he did to be most revealing and touching.

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