Forty Words for Sorrow, by Giles Blunt

Forty Words for Sorrow, by Giles Blunt (Vintage Canada edition, paperback, 2017, 326 pp. Originally published in hardcover by Random House Canada, 2000.)

I watched the final episode of the second season of Cardinal, based on the books by Giles Blunt, on Feb. 8, 2018, while firmly gripping the hand of my significant other and occasionally shouting warnings at the TV – as one does while watching good thrillers. Afterwards, grisly, bleak images kept popping up in my mind – a little island in an iced-up lake, blindingly white, a bus station swept with freezing rain at night, Cardinal desperately digging in the snow and getting so cold that his “knees were numb as wood”…and those corpses! (Keep on reading…)

About M. Bijman

Avid reader, longtime writer of book reviews and literary analyses. Interested in literature, creativity and cognition, language and linguistics, musicology, and technology. Occasionally writes poems and bits of music.

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