A lonely man who lives a solitary existence on the coast of Ireland rescues a one eyed dog. These two outcasts need each other, and as they spend a year together, driving around Ireland, their love and dependence increases. Written in poetic prose with vivid descriptions of Irish birds, plants and trees, Baume’s debut novel artistically touches on themes of isolation, fear, deprivation and love.
I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this novel, but it is not for everyone. It is more about a sad, unloved man than it is about his companionship with his dog. Spill Simmer Falter Wither’s happy moments are few and far between.