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5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written, Nobel-worthy, 1 May 2013
Fully literary in nature and not by any means an "easy" read, MAIDENHAIR draws you in immediately. Between the asylum seekers' interviews and the journals of the opera singer, readings of the Persian war and Greek myths, the asylum interpreter's personal memories of his son and estranged ex-wife, Shishkin weaves a beautiful novel that is, in his words "about everything." This is not one of those books where you have to "get" something, there is no climax, no real resolution. It's perfect as a whole, has nothing extra and lacks nothing. Shishkin writes in a way that makes everything human, bringing love and innocence to the forefront to show that, even during times of war and chaos, there can be happiness and hope to help the world cope and move forward.
I can't say enough about this book, and at the same time it can't be put into words... Definitely not a book for everyone, or that everyone may love, but it's certainly a book everyone should read, or at least know about. Shishkin is a prime candidate for the Nobel Prize.