The Narrow Road to the Deep North is book 3 of my Man Booker shortlist readalong. Its much heavier going than the first two, although arguably still a coming of age novel, and feels like serious literature in a way the last two didn’t.
It is an enlightening look at how low humanity is capable of getting, on all sides, and the impact this has as it echoes through lives. We see heartbreak, love, lust and humanity in the face of overwhelming odds, along with the loss of humanity as it falls into a belief system that doesn’t benefit from its existence.
I’m glad this book was in the mix of the shortlist.