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Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
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Jan 12, 2010

Read in January, 2010

The first real book I read on my return to Ireland, in the aftermath of my brain-destroying, attention span-depleting thesis wind-up exercise. I'd been starting to have doubts as to whether some mental faculty had been permanently damaged in the process but in retrospect Proust and Joyce were not good companions to the writing process and all I'd really needed was a good story. This book, in addition to being very visually attractive, was that good story. Set in post-colonial Indonesia, against the backdrop of revolution and the confused struggle for national identity, an orphan Adam searches for his Dutch foster father who has been taken away by the Army. The characters are odd and lonely and ill at ease with their surroundings. Vivid story and very hard to put down.
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