This is a book that was part of our Evergreen Program at my local library. It is also a Scotia Bank Giller Prize Winner. And after reading the book, I can see why.
Andre Alexis does a splendid job writing this unique story. It is a fictional piece, but it is one of most unusual fictional pieces I ever read! This has been a wonderful reading year for me with so many gems!
The story appeals to me because I have a philosopher’s mind and I enjoy books that discuss human consciousness in all of its dimensions. It is a book that has a few negative edges too. So, I tis important for readers to take this into perspective.
The story is about what it means to be alive, to think, feel, love, and envy. This book is an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts. His humor is juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age-old question, and what’s the meaning of life.
It is a 171 page refreshingly short novel that has a lot of existential punch, metaphysical rumination, and philosophical insight. I recommend it to any reader who want to read a story that is not ordinary at all but has many levels of sophistication.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth