Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Who is Mr Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee

I met Jonathan Lee http://www.jonathan-lee.net in his role as Tutor on a recent Arvon course at The Hurst (http://www.arvonfoundation.org/8413/The-Hurst) and it was a very great pleasure to meet him as an author in his first novel Who is Mr Satoshi?

This is a poignant, amusing story with a large cast of rather flawed characters who weave their mostly optimistic way through life. Jonathan’s writing is up to the task of balancing their several stories across many decades and two geographies without confusing the reader. The book explores the many ways there are to save yourself and how it is only ‘ourself’ who is able to effect  redemption from the accident and design of individual histories. An insightful, readable and memorable book. Highly recommended.

I noticed Jonathan’s second book Joy (reviewed here by the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/17/joy-jonathan-lee-review?newsfeed=true) on sale at the Hay Festival –another book to add to my to be read list. Meanwhile my review of the next book I read now follows …

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