Does anything happen in Sight? No, hardly. Does it matter? No, Sight is not just a novel, Sight is foremost a beautifully written philosophical insight into relationships. Between mothers and daughters, between husband and wife. Backed with historical information on Freud, Röntgen and the Hunter brothers, anatomical surgeons who discovered the correct anatomy of a human body and foetus.
The main action in Sight is our main character, name unknown, being pregnant and starting to contemplate because of her pregnancy. Contemplating her relationship with husband Johannes, her young daughter, her unborn, her relationship with her mother, the relationship of her mother with her own mother, Action is restricted to the death of her mother, summers spent with her grandmother, a holiday in Italy, visits to museums. All in service of the philosophy.
Greengrass elaborates on Freud, Röntgen and the Hunters. At first I did not really understand why and then I finally got it. Our main character dissects her every thought, the four men mentioned dissect as well, though in a different way. This link gets more and more obvious when the novel gets to the ending. Our main character is searching for certainty by dissecting her thoughts and feelings. Where the four scientists got their security up to a certain level our main character concludes that the only security she can get is accepting change.
Why should you read this novel? Not because you want to read a novel that has you speeding through the pages because of the many thrilling moments. Not if you want to quickly read something in between whatever. This novel requires tranquillity and contemplation. I almost felt guilty about reading it whilst commuting.
This is your novel to read if you are open to a philosophical treatise that has been beautifully written. I do not know whether I understood every thought of our main character, I do believe Sight is the kind of novel you need to keep close in order to browse through it from time to time, discovering new insights every time. Maybe I will also get the paperback and allow myself to underline and pinpoint beautiful thoughts.