December 9th, 2012


Book review: Purge

Earlier this year, I really enjoyed Sofi Oksanen's stage version of Purge, about Estonia between the end of the Second World War and the early nineties, so when the original novel became a Kindle daily deal I figured it was worth a download. Starting at the end, when Zara, a prostitute who's escaped from her pimp, turns up at the isolated forest home of the elderly Aliide, we get flashbacks to the old woman's dark secret from the Soviet years, Zara's horrific recent experiences, and how their stories are connected. I still found it an interesting story, with the novel giving a much clearer picture of just how twisted Aliide's actions were. But I thought the play handled the plot's various twists better, the novel tending to give stuff away a bit too early.