Toolbox. The protagonist of Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir’s novel titled, Hotel Silence, is a man with a plan. Jónas Ebeneser has found his life in Iceland lost all meaning and purpose, so he settles his affairs there and travels to a war-torn country in the Balkans with a toolbox to assist him in committing suicide. After he arrives at a hotel in a small town and plans his demise, he finds that the people in the hotel and the town can use his help and his tools. Before long, he repairs both property and himself, and brightens the lives of the people around him.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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