Sukkwan Island by David Vann Review

Sukkwan Island by David Vann

A chilling story of a father and son. David Vann travels into the heart of man and the core essence of depression in this book, that he calls the end of a journey to understanding his father and his suicide.

Set on a deserted, remote island in Alaska it tells the story of a father and son that leave everything to spend a year in seclusion, and the subsequent tragedy that affects them both.

David Vann’s father asked him to move with him to Alaska for a year, but he said no. Soon after his father killed himself. “Sukkwan Island is the boy saying yes (…)” (David Vann).

Most books take you on a journey trough stories of a live and the places where those stories take place, but not this book. The environment where the action takes place is described in great detail but it becomes a stage to the thoughts and intricacies of the minds of the characters, as if the landscape takes on the feelings of those that see it.

It’s a chilling story that will keep you tied to the pages and incapable of stopping. It will surprise you and shake you.

One of the best book I’ve read this year and one of my favourite books ever! I highly recommend it!

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