27 June 2013

Review: The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

Published: 11 June 2013 by HarperCollins

Pages: 224 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Historical Fiction

Source: Publisher for review

Synopsis

Award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man's act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of a group of strangers, and how they each eventually discover the astonishing truth of their connection.

My Thoughts

I'm always drawn to books about World War II, and over the last few years that has morphed into looking for more unique books about WWII - and the Illusion of Separateness appealed to me as it is about a group of people who are connected without knowing.

I've not read Simon Van Booy before, but the very first thing that struck me about The Illusion of Separateness and continued to entertain me thoughout the book is the writing style.  Stark and poetic, it did take a little getting used to, but it's a very effective way of telling a story without getting bogged down in wordy descriptions or details.  Not surprisingly, seeing as Van Booy has won awards for Poetry, there are dozens of quotable passages that snuck up and grabbed me when I least expected them.

As the plot goes, it's fairly simplistic but extremely clever - none of the characters seem to have any connection to each other, and it's only as the story progresses that the extent of their connection becomes apparent, even across multiple generations.  As far as the characters go, they range from a young blind girl through to war veterans and all of them are very seperate entities.

It's hard to do this book justice without spoiling large parts of the story, but I was incredibly impressed by The Illusion of Separateness - it surprised me, moved me and even shocked me in all the right places.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, I'm not a big WWII buff but I am a sucker for stories where separate threads come together like that. Adding to the TBR.

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