Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

On the jacket:

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire.

Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father is too ashamed to acknowledge his son. 

A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and sings four songs that send shivers through the skull. 

Through desperation and desire, soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of a connection -- some key to understanding what makes us the people we become. 

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks' dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities.


A novel in five parts. Yet, five short stories, but not a novel. A Possible Life was not an easy read. But, it was a good read. This was my first read of Faulks. The five stories are entwined, objective of one can be seen in another. The five can be treated as short stories, or taken together as a novel. The stories spoke about five different eras and the characters were totally different. Everything is different, yet a thin line connects them.

Of the five, the first story is my favourite. Worked well for me, as it set the tempo for the rest of the book. A Possible Life is a not an easy, rainy afternoon read. It will take some time and you would be involved in five different plots for a while, when you read it. I suggest you pick a copy up!

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. I love Sebastian Faulks. After reading this I might pick this one up next. I'm reading The Fatal Englishman by him at the moment which I'm really enjoying!


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