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before CDs, when albums had two different but complementary sides of
exactly the right length.
I found myself getting pleasantly lost along the journey, with Lily, as
the subtle twists had me turning back a couple of pages to work out
exactly where the threads of reality and fantasy had crossed over
without noticing. Ultimately, it is all fiction and a powerful testament
to the skill of Cacoyannis that he can tease the reader in to perceiving
actuality through the hallucinogenic sections of the book.
Since finishing it, I’ve tried to explain it to other people but have
failed miserably. I think this is one of those that you simply have to
read for yourself.
And isn’t his account of Lily’s night back in the city a cross between a wet dream of being friendly with a well-endowed young poet and the nightmare of a son-in-law as hideous as Noah?
Joking apart, Finger of an Angel is a fascinating read - a twisted, funny, explosively unsettling exploration of the mind.
I love when fictional books use real and relatable themes and while being abstract and a fantasy novel, the author still manages to make the story seem very real and vivid through her use of these themes.
This brings me to talking about the style of writing, which is nothing short of fantastic. Playfully written, right from the beginning I was hooked on the conversational way that the author uses in her writing, it’s engaging and really made me feel like I was right there in the scene.
I loved the mystery of the cover, and I thought that it perfectly suited the story.
Top international reviews
It includes possible heat stroke, visions, time travel, the heartbreaking death of a child, suicide/murder, love, and family drama. So much in such a short story. This is all told with Panayotis Cacoyannis’ refined storytelling grace, which always reminds me of a simpler time than the one in which we currently live.
It’s a quick read, but one that will stick with you. I keep re-living it in my mind, especially the conversations between Lily and Bella. I want to meet Lily and maybe be her when I grow up. You’ll love her!
Finding faith in "an energy that transcended the ephemeral, making personal tragedy easier to bear", Lily has constructed around her a world that has helped her survive. As she travels on "the long winding road", this imaginary world may or may not have come to life. How can we be sure? Isn't it just possible the line between reality and all our different fictions is thinner than we allow ourselves to think?
I really enjoyed this! I was not sure what to expect in the first few pages, but I easily warmed up to Lily as a character and to the writer’s pace. He writes concisely and tightly, not leaving too much up to the imagination. But this conciseness lends itself well to keeping the reader engaged. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
His characters are never fully likeable because (despite being places in quasireal settings) they are real in a weird way.
The writer's style stays the same - remarkably sophisticated and full of between-the-lines hints. A very enjoyable but not an easy read.
Using humor, metaphors, and symbolism, the author writes an entertaining and addictive story that weaves different realities and personalities, some of which we choose not to run away from. It will help to reflect on life and find something to resonate with. Through the author’s magical writing skills, we understand Lily’s tragic loss, which leads to drinking herself silly and how he copes with life losses.
The author helps us to walk the inside world of the main character's journey, reflecting on her experiences and understand the fine line between fiction and reality. The long journey covers mysterious death, love, time travel, and sexual encounters in a short story. Lily will excite you, and you will particularly love her conversations with her imaginary friend, Bella. It is a quick though challenging read.
It’s not outright mystical, and there's some manipulation of time or the concept of it, again it’s a challenging read in some areas. Ultimately, the book is about Lily struggling with so many different aspects of her life that it seems like she’ll be pulled apart in a million directions if she can’t sort it all out.
Lily is all the things that we want to be in our older age, but when you see the unfolding of what a full life brings it’s easy to see that she’s not crazy, she’s surviving. She’s fun and charming, and smart but she’s lived through a really full life that’s included suicide and the death of a child. Putting herself together on a long drive was something inevitable for Lily.
It begins with Lily swearing at her car and ends with a sudden, unexpected halt. On the way relationships are built and demolished. Family relationships with wives, husbands, sons and daughters and in-laws and casual relationships with encounters in the forest. Lily takes a journey in which she loses herself on a winding road in the wilderness before she gets back to her Covent Garden penthouse. During the trip's more menacing moments she twice faces rape by two unknown men at a time and there are absurdist incidences with unlikely saviors. The tragic memories of a child's loss (and probably an innate taste for carnal adventures) send Lily to seek redemption in the pursuit of high-risk sexual experiences.
There are voices, multiple voices, voices of reality and figments of the imagination as the boundary between fact and fantasy becomes completely blurred. The cast includes plenty of men and women, a car, its engine and air-conditioning system, a wasp that morphs into a gigantic fly, a deer and Bloody Marys that seem to take on a life of their own.
I love all of Cacoyannis' novels. I still smile when I think of "The Dead of August" and I pledge to read them all again. Each is very different from the others, though a masterful writing style, character creation and skillful crafting of emotions do somehow bring them together. "Finger of an Angel" came as a total surprise though. It is fast and furious but it is no frolic. The author's humor is still lurking in the background and, like in his other writings, it is disturbing, this time even more so.
As I re-read Cacoyannis' books, I will probably start with this one. It is a masterpiece and I mean it.