Book Recommendation: The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker

I first picked up The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker from a library shelf in a desperate search for something good to read. I will admit that a novel’s cover can make the difference between flipping through a few pages or not for me. This one came with a sort of subtitle that quickly captured my imagination; it read ‘Even Great Men Make Mistakes.’

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.26.29 AMMy second step when intrigued is to flip open the book to a random page and read an excerpt or two. This is done solely for the purpose of testing the author’s prose. K.J. Parker did not disappoint.

I promptly sat down in the library and began reading.

The Folding Knife tells the tale of a man who rises to the top only to lose everything. In the opening chapter K.J. Parker spins the tale of the man’s lowest point, sometime after the character loses everything; he does this as a master of his craft. I cannot imagine anyone reading the opening and not being hooked, wanting or needing to know what happened to this once great man and how he came to be in such a condition.

I learned a lot about success and failure and the flaws and strengths that lie within all humans, whether great or not, from this book. I love nothing more than a great case study of a character, K.J. Parker delivers that in The Folding Knife. This was one of those books that I could not stop talking about or recommending to others. I very much hope you give it a read.


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