The whole world against him
The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada is the story of an outsider, a lonely, misunderstood young artist who chronicles all the unpleasant things that happen to him in life. Abandoned by his parents, brought up be a tyrannical aunt, bullied at school, ostracized by the local community, nearly everyone Jacob comes into contact with takes an instant, (often) violent dislike towards him. Like Job from the bible, he is beaten and abused, manipulated and taken advantage of. Life, people, fate, circumstance force him deeper into his shell, deeper into the cocoon of his fledgling artistic work, where he records every significant event in sketches, paintings and short-form verse, documenting his own unique, eminently miserable human experience. At heart, he longs for companionship, intimacy, love, but is dealt so many blows he is too scared to reach out to anybody. On the fringes of society, he devotes himself solely to his art.
This was a well written story that I found to be quite additive, I wanted to carry on reading to see where the author would take me!
I really enjoyed seeing the story progress, it was a bitter-sweet plot with a dark comedic side to it too in places and it all comes together very well.
This is not the kind of book that I would normally read but the author has definitely encouraged me to pick up similar books in the future! I thought that this was quite a thought provoking book too.
I thought it was well written and I really enjoyed it – it is a solid 4 stars from me for this one –highly recommended!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neil Randall is the author of seven published novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been published in the UK, US, Australia and Canada
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