Wow, this was such a beautiful and whimsical book with humour that made me smile so much!!
First off, a huge thank you to Netgalley and Iron Bird publishing for an ARC of The Word Trove! (yes, I got my very first arc!)
THE WORD TROVE by Elias Vorpahl
Translator: Romy Fursland
Published: 1 January 2021 | Read: 22 December 2020
No. of Pages: 176
In this book you meet ‘a word’ that has lost its meaning. On its fantastic journey through the world of language, it attempts to rediscover its meaning all on its own.
“There are thousands of paths for you to take. Recognising the path that gives you meaning is the greatest challenge of all.”
A magical tale about language – wonderful, poetic and profound!
“Saying the right words at the right time is like magic.”
The Word Trove follows a word who has forget her name and is on a quest to find and its meaning. That premise alone hooked me!
“Some stopped at the little stalls where jewellers sold silver tongues and golden silences, and confectioners peddled vox popcorn and sugar-coated truths.”
The best thing about The Word Trove would definitely be the writing… and The Word Trove is a translated work (German to English) so I am even more impressed. There are so many metaphors used as well as puns and wordplay which made me crack up. We have a city called “Langwich” where the “Linguistic Games” are held, with “buttered toast, syllable salve and verbal tea”. If you appreciate witty humour, then The Word Trove is definitely for you.
The Word Trove also explores many different aspects of language cleverly. I particularly enjoyed the metaphor for archaic words and will be adopting the word “wherefore” now… and the role of brackets was so ingenious!
Personally, I like changing my suits eleven times a day, doing somersaults and making sure the hares don’t get too bored.
This book had a huge “The Journey” trope, in fact, it was the essence of the plot. At first, it felt like the word was simply wandering around aimlessly, however, after a while, I quickly began to appreciate the path she took, especially the other words she met along the way.
The personalities of the different words were intriguing to read about, and I love the references to classic folktales like Watership Down and Alice in the Wonderland. Mad was one of the most hilarious characters ever!
Another aspect of the Word Trove I enjoyed immensely would be that of stories. The Word Trove touches on the meaning of stories to words, how they help words be remembered and I absolutely treasured the moment where our little word got to experience a story for the first time. It was magical and reminded me how much I loved reading.
My only criticism is that this book felt way too short because there were so many other areas that could have been explored, plus the ending was a bit too abrupt.
“Perhaps she just had to wait for her story to end in order to understand her own meaning and the meaning of all the adventures she’d had.”
Overall, The Word Trove was a short but beautiful read, a great reminder of how much words matter to us and a clever take on their life. I would definitely recommend this love letter to language!