When Stanislaw Gombrowicz falls into a coma he finds himself in the strange land of Pileck with a new name and no memory. In this new world, a war is raging between the people of Pileck and their monstrous enemies the Sinistrians and the Curzonians. Danger seems to be everywhere but as Stanislaw’s strength grows so does the threat when it becomes clear that it he is actually the single greatest weapon of the war; a weapon that the enemies of Pileck will do anything to possess in order to destroy everything he has and will ever love. As this is happening, in the real world his grandson, Jonathon, is attempting to find a way to write a book about Stanislaw’s experiences during World War II. The obstacles he faces are not insignificant. The facts he has are fragmented, distorted by the old man’s Alzheimer’s ravaged memories. Perhaps more significantly though, Jonathon is consistently derailed by an ability to find excuses not to complete the task he has set himself; by the distractions of his life and the twin intoxication's of drink and women. Separate and almost unknowingly the two of them must find a way to reach the end. To survive long enough to keep the past and present alive even as life itself is slipping away.
What I thought:
This book has a lot of different elements, there are several stories being told, and they are all from different points of view. In the end they all come together to complete the entire story, but it will take some getting used to at first.
The story was a solid mix of fantasy and reality, past and present, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The author did a great job of including enough detail so that the reader can follow along, but without figuring it all out before reaching the end of the book.
We are introduced to a few generations of one family, and we get to learn the intimate details of each mans life.
Overall, I think it is well written, and although it is not my usual genre of writing, I look forward to reading what else this author has to offer.
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