I had this sitting on my Kindle for a little while, but when Amazon suggested Anthropology to me and I bought, read and loved it, I thought I’d read this next!
It’s brilliantly dark – I can see that it wouldn’t be for everyone though.
‘The Old Man’ is caretaker of (and lives above) a rather strange museum in Germany. It’s not exactly a ‘destination’, and he always increases the number of visitors to appease the museum’s owner – but the quietness suits him and his strange, lonely life. The nights where spiders crawl into his mouth are the only things that really disturb him – and that isn’t for the reason you might think.
After these nights, he has reason to contact Doctor Ernst Frohlicher – another solitary man, although he has his dog Hans and is extremely well-loved by all of his patients.
However, when something happens, and the relationship between the two men is brought into the open, people are left reeling.
I zoomed through this book – the characters are so well drawn – and they really do feel DRAWN, in my head, it was playing out like an animated film – some kind of bleak, macabre fairy-tale. I totally loved it.
The subject matter isn’t for the faint-hearted, although it is handled in such a way that everything seems quite matter of fact, and at the point there was the first ‘revelation’ made, I actually had to read it a couple of times to make sure I had understood correctly.
There is so much I want to say about it – but I don’t want to give the story away! Thoroughly recommend it!