Monday, October 31

Book Review: The Cloud Messenger

Title: The Cloud Messenger

Author: Aamer Hussein

Pages: 194

Summary: London, that distant rainy place his father lived in once, is where Mehran finds himself after leaving Karachi. And it is there that his adult life unfolds: he discovers the joys of poetry, faces the trials of love and work, and spend his days dream hours 'sending cloud messages to other places.'

A feeling of restlessness pursues Mehran as he travels to Italy, India and Pakistan. But the relationships he forms - with wounded, passionate Marvi, volatile Marc and enigmatic Riccarda - and his power of recollection finally bring him some sense of belonging in this beautifully poignant paean to lost and love.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The opening paragraphs made the book look as if it had promise, sadly the rest of the book just fell apart I guess is the best way to put it. It was boring, most of the book is the narrator reminiscing on his life and past events, there isn't any conflict or anything to be resolved, just a short novel with short passages on events and people who the main character has meet in his life and travels and how they affected him. Then the book is done.

I wonder if this was originally a short story that was re-written to be a novel - if that's the case than maybe there is something there but the "story" is lost in a lot of irrelevant nothingness. Not the best book to read out there of a person coming to age and exploring themselves through adult years. Boring and not very memorable. Which is a shame, as I was looking forward to the book when I requested to review it.

Would I recommend it to read: I don't think I would - there isn't anything there to read.

What to read next: The author has been up for awards for his other books, perhaps try that. Maybe this book is just a fluke.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge

I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchanged for my review.

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