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The Traveller Kindle Edition
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No car chases, no brutal violence just a deep uneasiness pervades the narrative. It was compelling and refreshingly different...I found that once the first chapter was over it became more self conscious and absorbed into a structured pattern that critics could describe as a 'Comedy of Menace.' If you wish for something to break the usual expressions, do try this....I enjoyed the experience.
The unnamed protagonist is living an ordinary life with his family. A life he seems to dread. As he prepares for the trip with his wife the reader gets a sense of crushing routine. He packs the usual clothes in the usual suitcase and contemplates the inevitable blow to his ego that yet another encounter with his soul crushing boss will bring. She doesn’t trust him and makes clear that he is incompetent at every opportunity. He seems unwilling through obligation to the other unnamed characters in a situation destructive to his sense of being. When his change comes it does so sort of without explanation or cause. The protagonist experiences a great deal of introspection within the story because the real story is his evolution within the setting. The realizations that what he does drives his life.
Despite it’s unusual structure, “The Traveller” is a quite easy book to follow. There are greater themes but they are displayed in somewhat common activity. It seems our protagonist is prepared to rise above his daily existence when we meet him and he’s as surprised with who he becomes as we are.
If you’re looking for an action packed, thrill-a-minute kind of novel “The Traveller” may not be the right novel for you. If you’re looking for something a bit abstract that brings readers to their own conclusions about what’s really going on in the story (I won’t spoil the story by telling you the conclusions I drew), “The Traveller” might just be the perfect novel for you.