Whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve all kept a document of our lives at some point. Some might do so in a diary or journal, and others might do so in photos or videos. The documentation of a young woman’s life in Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond makes her thoughts on life familiar to many.
A somewhat solitary life in a village cottage leaves plenty of time to ruminate on life and what you want out of it, which is what the young, nameless narrator does. In her various thoughts, ranging from the simple, in the form of the best fruit, to the more complex, as with the way she interacts with men, readers can find things that will resonate with them, sparking further reflection into themselves.
This is a very quick, one-sitting read comprised of snippets of narration from various points in time and remembrance. There was a cohesion in the stream-of-consciousness-esque snippets that developed the narrator’s character, yet her development was more frustrating than vindicating; I was surprised at how much I was able to relate to the attitude and behavior of the narrator and maybe that contributed to how frustrated I was with her.
Overall, I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars.