What do you get when you cross a novel that blends fairytale and fantasy with realism and surrealism? What do you get when you read a novel that intertwines politics and comical satire with romance, drama and tragedy? The stories in this novel will take you all the way back to the beginning of the third millennium and all the way forward to the not-so-distant future of 2014. All his life, Danny Delginio, a newspaper columnist, has been trying to find a meaning for life and the world we live in. In 2013, he thought he would achieve that when recruited by a semi-secret intelligence organization - while Muhammad, a Muslim soldier, was still fighting the battles of WWIII. In 2002, Al, your average Joe turned successful young entrepreneur, fell in love with Faith. Faith, a seductress queen, never loved him back. In 2010, at the times of war, Alessandro and Diego find an escape in football and the World Cup that would not be; in 2014, Ms. Ambrose, a philanthropist and traveling journalist, vows to find Gab's lost son. From Argentina to South Africa, and from New York and Canada to the Middle East, the stories of this novel will leave you questioning the world we live in and how life ought to be. Tales of love, passion, and sacrifice, are met with stories of unrequited love and a world filled with treachery, betrayal, and political lies. Written with a twist of comedy and tragic melancholy, and conveying a mixture of genres and story-telling techniques, Ali M., a young writer from Kuwait whose English is not even his first language, brings forward in his debut novel an epic parody of life and the world we live in.
Goodreads Rating: 5/5