Kjersti A. Skomsvold’s The Faster I Walk the Smaller I Am was an enjoyable (if a bit depressing) read. The characters were interesting enough, especially the rather unusual main character, and since our protagonist’s perspective is relatively limited (she seems perhaps somewhat different, mentally) it makes things a bit of a mystery as the novel unfolds. Even though the story is actually somewhat depressing, as far as the actual plot is concerned, the insight into the characters’ minds is enjoyable.
The commentary on life — how we go through life alone, despite the connections we may have or try to make with other people — is interesting enough, and the curious characters populating the pages of this particular novel are enough to keep a person reading all the way through.
I can’t actually say I strongly recommend this book, because I did find it a bit … I’m not sure what. I can’t call it dull, and I can’t say it was downright depressing, but there was something of each of those elements in it that made it somewhat less than enjoyable for part of the read. I think, perhaps, it was the protagonist’s voice — something like Eeyore’s voice without the lovable side, or the friends to balance the pessimism out. Or, possibly, I just didn’t like her all that much. That being said, I still enjoyed the book. I was just conflicted about it.
GOOD FOR: People who like a prickly protagonist, readers interested in themes of human loneliness, and anyone preoccupied with themes of death.
BAD FOR: Anyone looking for a lively read, those seeking a happy ending, and readers who want to feel a real connection with the characters.
GOOD WITH: Fiction from the Romantic period.