I’ll admit, I rarely “experiment” with the selection of books that I read. I’ll read what I know, or something that’s recommended by several friends. It’s hard to take a chance on books with how little time we all have now in our busy lives. That being said, I had the opportunity to take part in this blog tour with Penguin Canada, which has given me the chance to discover new books that I normally wouldn’t have picked up – and am I ever glad I did.
With the expectation of an honest review, I was given Hisham Matar’s book Anatomy of a Disappearance to read and blog about. The novel is a young boy’s coming of age story. While growing up, he’s dealing with the desire he has for a woman that he met first only to have her marry his father instead. His inner feelings get more conflicted when his father then disappears suddenly. The story that unfolds is filled with confusion, intense emotions and mystery. Perhaps it is the intention of Matar, but I felt a few other mysteries are still open for interpretation; a few questions still left unanswered. There were some aspects where I wanted to know what had happened to these characters only to find the book was at an end! That being said though, the book is a well-written story, told through the narration of a young boy. It is a fairly quick and captivating read. Very much enjoyed it!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)