- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475293984
- ISBN-13: 978-1475293982
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 4/5
One morning young teen sisters decide to go for a walk, not realizing that this outing will change them forever. They become trapped in a strange land where the outrageous and bizarre seem normal. They only wish to find their way home; but this journey, which is not of their choosing, has a different purpose or so it seems as they are forced on their way. The people and animals they meet are outlandish or eccentric or sometimes normal. Each has a lesson to teach or perhaps not. They are bombarded with sense and with nonsense that may or may not be nonsense. In their minds, they fight to remain children, but they are neither child nor adult. Deep inside the sisters progressively understand that there is a purpose to their journey and that it has to do with good and evil. But they are neither free from torment nor from the absurd. They must overcome the temptation of evil if, in fact, they can recognize it. Interwoven with the sisters' story are other tales of good and of the arrogance and depravity of evil (as in the Holocaust). Allegorically, this is everyone's journey and everyone's story. A non-traditional novel for Adults and Young Adults
The first thing that you'll notice when you read this book is the style it's written it. For some, this might be the thing that pushes you away- for others, it will draw you in. I'm a fence sitter.
This book takes an Alice in Wonderland kind of feel and throws it on its head. However, there are layers in the book- different stories happening at once. Robert does this well. Something that isn't always achieved.
I love the contrasts that are used throughout the book. I also love the characters. Robert has done a great job at making memorable characters. Just as he has mixed the absurd and real-life together in a way that brings the reader to a place of balance.
This book is done well and I would recommend it to those that enjoy Alice- like stories, but also those that like real life stories- as both as here. If you like a little crazy mixed in, then it's your cup of tea too.
Some say the author's mind works differently, which may be noticeable in this novel. People in relation to culture, belief, and the inner workings of the mind have captured the author's imagination since his arrival in Germany as a private at the end of WWII and throughout the Cold War and beyond when he served as an Intelligence Officer. How curious the mind when innocence, evil, good, illogic, and the ludicrous are stirred into the mix. Bob and his wife live in South Carolina. They have two grown daughters and at any given time one or more pets, usually ones that show up at the door and decide to move in