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Bold and haunting - goes a little adrift in the middle, but still a good read
on 20 June 2017
I love the concept of this. We begin with a bang - literally - as the protagonist is the victim of a random shooting in a car park. We're told that the bullet has damaged his optic nerve and that he'll never see again, and we follow him to a hospital for tests and treatment. But pretty soon, he's sure he can see. And there his adventures begin.
I won't say any more for fear of spoiling the story, but I thought this was an inspired idea. We have the description of the world as imagined from the sounds and smells, as a man tries to grapple with the loss of his most dominant sense. Somewhere near the middle of the book there's a hiccup where we get a story within a story. This seems rather unbalanced as it takes us away from the main story for a long time, to a completely new set of characters. Although it eventually ties up, I felt the detour was too long. But still, a fascinating read, a bold concept and very beautifully written.