Book Review: ‘Harrow’, a Vital, Disturbing and Inspiring Novel | Arts
By PENNY A PARRISH FOR FREE LANCE – STAR
If I was asked to choose a word to describe this book, I couldn’t find one. What I can say is that this is an important book, a disturbing book, a book with beautiful handwriting and lousy screenplays.
“Harrow” takes place in a dystopian world, where humans have devastated the environment, animals, water and hope. In the introductory chapter, the passengers of a vehicle look out the window and one of them comments: “I think the world is dying because we were pretty much dead to its amazement. It will be there, but it will become less and less until it is finally compatible with our feelings for him.
The book centers on a girl named Lamb by her mother. Certain events convince the mother that her daughter, who stopped breathing as a baby, died and came back into the world with special knowledge on the other side. This belief creates a chasm between the two and ultimately leads Lamb to venture into a wasteland on her own. She finds herself in a bizarre area with a run down resort and motel on a lake called Big Girl. The lake turned black.
Lamb changes his name to Khristen, meets a precocious boy and his intoxicated mother, as well as a series of elderly people. They are part of the Institute, which plans to create small acts of self-sacrifice to fight the new world. “Certainly, no one expected the old one to be difficult. The old ones were tolerable if they were reasonable enough to make room for the following ones, the new ones, the expenses, at the first opportunity.