When I first began reading Erna Brodber's novel Myal, I found it to be confusing to say the least. But it is a book that is worth sticking with. Brodber vividly portrays a world of colour and sound that comes alive on every page. It is best not to try and 'translate' this book, as it deals with some things, such as spirit theft, that may seem alien to the Western reader. But if you can just read it with an open mind and accept what Brodber tells you as the truth then Myal is an enjoyable, if bizarre, read.