Return to the Enchanted Island
In this exhilarating prize-winning novel—only the second to be published in English from Madagascar—a young man comes of age amidst the enchanted origin myths of his island country.
Named after the first man at the creation of the world in Malagasy mythology, Ietsy Razak was raised to perpetuate the glory of his namesake and expected to be as illuminated as his Great Ancestor. Bu...more
Protagonist Ietsy Razak is “blessed by the Gods and Ancestors.” A member of the ruling elite, he wants for nothing—except love and a sense of purpose. Ietsy is not an entirely likeable character, but perhaps that only makes him more real.
The story is told as a series of flashbacks through Ietsy’s life in Mad ...more
This books is only the second book to be translated from Madagascar to English, and has won the Prix du Roman de l'Ocean Indien prize.
The book is divided into three massive chapters- Ietsy Razak's early life in Madagascar, his life in a boarding school in France and then his return to the "enchanted island", as Madagascar is also lovingly named. The story was okay for me, I pushed through almost ...more
I'm not sure if I should blame the format I've been reading but I'm finding that each paragraph of this novella is very dense, so much so that I often could not make sense of what I was being told. The writing also uses a lot of terms that don't really fit with what is being addressed or described.
The somewhat disjointed yet impenetrable prose also implemented brackets in an incorrect way: for example at 11% there are about 100 words between two bracket...this didn't really add anything to the style or the stsomewhat ...more
The Enchanted Island is another name for Madagascar. Return to the Enchanted Island is essentially, a modern retelling of Madagascar’s origin story. The story is told through Ietsy, whose ancestor was the first man who created the world according to Malagasy mythology. However, Ietsy is a modern young man, so how can he live up to his “Great Ancestor”?
I really liked reading ab ...more
I'm sure there are some that will enjoy this book, but this one was not meant to be for me.