I have been reading Lord of the Barnyard during my vacation. It’s a book by Tristan Egolf, it was his debut as an author, and it’s about a very interesting character called John Kaltenbrunner.
I am not going to write a full review, because this blog is not about reviews when it comes to novels. But sometimes I just have to do an exception, and that usually happens when I read great novels. I just have to let you know about them – because hopefully you’ll enjoy them too. So, instead of the full review, I am going to write some of my thoughts regarding Lord of the Barnyard.
The reason I enjoyed it was because of John Kaltenbrunner. He was a character that both got me laughing, and at times he made me a little worried. And sometimes he even reminded me of myself, and sometimes he reminded me of a few of my friends from my childhood. John Kaltenbrunner is a guy it’s easy to like and I just wanted to know more about what he was up to. The story could probably have continued forever and if it did, I would still be reading.
John is a young farmboy, and at the age of 9 his only wish is to be left alone and tend his farm. The world outside his farm doesn’t really exist. That’s the story really, but as you might suspect, a lot of stuff happens to this boy. Throughout the book we follow his journey from his farm to the barnyard. A great story.
I found the book to be a rather tragic story at times, but it was so interesting, and I was just waiting for John Kaltenbrunner to strike back at society. Now, that’s all I am telling.
I have just discovered Tristan Egolf and his world, and earlier today, I discovered that he committed suicied in 2005. There will be no more books. Such a great author and young man, it’s a sad story.
I will buy the two books I haven’t read, Kornwolf and Skirt and the fiddle. Sometime in the future, I will tell you all about them.