|Book author||:||David Mitchell|
|Book publisher||:||Random House|
|Tags||:||Science Fiction, Man Booker Prize,|
In this elevated coming-of-age tale, Mitchell tells the story of a young man who's struggling to find himself as he struggles with feelings of isolation, detachment, and loneliness against a backdrop of crime, poverty and recognizable futurism. Mitchell's protagonist, Eiji, is relatable to anybody who's familiar with the sense of detachment and desire for belonging that is so common to newly independent young adults. A boy with a tragic history searches for a connection with his roots in the foreign environment of the big city while being beset on all sides by both the challenges common to all young men and the much more on-the-surface exciting fiascos of a boy caught up in shady machinations that are beyond his control. What makes this book truly compelling is the way that Mitchell treats both of these realms with equal interest and passion. The everyday worries of a kid searching for a connection to society at large and the catastrophes that befall a kid caught up in the dangers of the criminal underworld are equally compelling.
I'd highly recommend this book for anybody with an affinity for coming of age tales and masterful writing. Don't let the slightly futuristic setting turn you off if you're not a fan of science fiction, it's not bogged down with esoteric future-speak or unrecognizable settings. It is, in essence, a mediation on what connects us to the world around us and the journey that all of us undergo in an effort to discover and define who we are and what is important to us.
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