Tristan da Cunha oder Die Hälfte der Erde is a novel by Raoul Schrott.
Given up on: 23.4.2017
Tristan da Cunha is a novel in layers, all of which are connected to the island Tristan da Cunha, the remotest place on earth that is still inhabited by people. The South African researcher Noomi is on her way there. She finds writings on Tristan, specifically of three different men who were also connected to the island: the letters of Edwin Heron Dodgson, a priest and Lewis Carroll’s brother; the diary of Christian Reval, a cartographer; and the research report of Mark Thompson, a philatelist.
There’s not much that I can say about Tristan da Cunha because I fought my way through the first 200 pages or so (of a 700 pages book) which took me almost a week – during my holidays where I actually have time to read. Ten I just gave up. While I thought that Tristan da Cunha is an incredibly interesting place, I just couldn’t stand the tone of the book, I didn’t relate to the characters and everything was so absolutely boring, that I decided I’d rather spend my precious reading time on something that actually works for me.