Review published on July 7, 2017.
Walking Mountain is a young adult book which may not appeal to adult readers, unless they enjoy fantasy fiction.
It is set in a country called High Land, where the hero, Pema, lives with his grandparents, in a time when most things have different, but similar names. I was amused by the names. A shup is a sheep, a wulf similar to a wolf and a gow a cross between a goat and a cow. The author provides a glossary, and says that the words originate from a Bhutanese dialect.
The title is what it suggests – because of a misplaced meteor, which hit the world, volcanoes and earthquakes happened and the mountain near Pema’s house began to move in the wrong direction. But Pema, the girl Singay and a friend they met, set out on a journey to same the planet from disaster. Most of the story is taken up by the journey and the hazards and people they met on the way.
I found the book refreshingly original with some vibrant descriptions and it held my interest until the end, but I would not have chosen it to review had I known it was a teenage book, and I would be reluctant to introduce it to my book groups as I think some readers would find it juvenile.
Jan Jeffery 3/1
Walking Mountain by Joan Lennon
BC Books 9781780274560 pbk Jun 2017
You may also like
A wonderfully imaginative though occasionally flawed debut novel that comfortably melds philosophy and folklore into its...
It's hard to tell what holds this baggy collection of stories together, but amid some bland moments there are displays o...