A review by dilfpercyshelley
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


what a beautifully written novel. a great way to start my readings for class this year.

i love an unlikable protagonist. especially when the author allows them to be as complex as this nameless character. furthermore the sadness ingrained in almost everything about this story captivated me. mitko, as a character, was wonderful. ever changing and ever interesting, his presence not only had a complex life of its own, but allowed the author to develop the protagonist in his reactions and relationship to mitko. 

occasionally, the function of mitko as a device to reveal the true nature of the protagonist irritated me. i didn’t much care for the protagonist, and i felt rather the opposite of the intended way: i wished to know more of mitko than of the protagonist. it was frustrating to see mitko through only the eyes of the entitled american protagonist, rather than the raw complexity of such a captivating character. 

all in all, this was a truly a beautiful and complex read. perfect for people, like myself, who love all character no plot. and equally perfect to use as a reflection on socio-political issues of contemporary western society.