The Land of Decoration is a very fine piece of storytelling and very well written. The story is both gorgeous, heart-piercing - and slightly confusing. I was at times fairly baffled about the doings of certain characters, but overall it was a very good read that I found difficult to put down.
The characters feel very well put together as does the world-building with the exception of the other
Judith is such a sweet and clever girl and yet so hopelessly blinded by her faith and her overpowering sadness. Her mother died in childbirth and she's certain her father blames her for it - and frankly the way he acts, you want to punch him several times. They are fanatical religious, belonging to a devout little Flock and outcast from the rest of their family. They are sheltered from the world and certain Armageddon is just around the corner. Combine all this with a girl who starts performing miracles on behalf of God, or so he tells her, and you've got the potential recipe for disaster.
I wasn't terribly fond of the ending, it felt overly dramatic and then very anti-climatic. It also became quite vague in telling us what actually goes on. A part of it I wasn't actually able to decipher, but I'm always shit at understanding vague hints, particularly when it's built on faith and religion -two things I don't have myself.
It was a very different book from what I usually read, but I'm glad I've read it.
|The Land of Decoration
Read in Danish - Det Herlige Land
by Grace McCleen
296 pages / published in 2013 (first published in 2011)
|Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2014|