Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente is a book I heard about from Kayla from BooksandLala, and I thought that the audiobook would be perfect for that prompts for the All The World’s A Page readathon!
This is a super short book, so I’m hesitant to tell you too much about it. It was a very quick, but a very fascinating read! I had no clue going in that there were going to be religious aspects to this book, specifically Christian stories. I’m an atheist so when I realised this I had been slightly concerned as I can struggle with religious topics. But I thought this was done so well and really utilises the well known aspects of Christianity and the origins of humans from the bible that I think this can be enjoyed regardless of your religion. Although a passing knowledge of the creation of man (and I mean passing) will be a good basis to have.
I adored how we have the same limited knowledge as the POV main character at first, and how Valente utilises the story to slowly learn more about her life in this supposedly perfect world where she should want for nothing. There are some fascinating discussions about misogyny and control in this book that left me thinking long after the book itself was finished.
On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 7, Atmosphere: 7, Writing: 7, Plot: 8, Intrigue: 6, Logic: 7, and Enjoyment: 8, for a score of 8.17 and a 4.5* rating.
This was such a fantastic little book and one that I really want to add to my shelves! If you’ve read this, please give me other, similar, recommendations. Because I 100% want to read more!!