A review by swamphag
We, the Drowned, by Carsten Jensen


I had picked this book up because of the artwork of the boat on the cover hoping that it was going to actually be about the sea. I was not disappointed.

This book looks daunting because of its grandiose size, but Jensen's pacing is phenomenal. When I got to the end of the book I wished that I hadn't gotten through it so quickly.

There are so many characters and stories that it would have been easy for Jensen to fall into tangents or for basically anything to get lost in the chaos. However, Jensen masterfully weaves the story around each and every person he mentions that it adds incredible depth and a kind of haunting beauty to the book.

Even though you are reading through it for the first time this book immediately feels like an old favorite; something you've read, reread, idly leafed through, and obsessed over a million times.