The Age of Dreaming, by Nina Revoyr



Four stars, read in October 2015.

This book was so different from anything I’ve read, I don’t think I could possibly have predicted anything that happened.

Jun is a fascinating character: definitely a product of the 1910s with his formal, proper use of language; increasingly unreliable as you realize how self-absorbed he is/was, and how fully he blinded himself to what was incredibly obvious; but also admirable in a way, as we finally see him start admitting the truth to himself. I couldn’t have imagined it ending so nicely, but I actually really enjoyed the way Revoyr wrapped things up.

This book was also strange in that it’s technically a mystery, but if you don’t know that beforehand, you can be fully halfway through before you start to realize. I liked the format better than when the protagonist is a detective solving a crime from the outside; in this case, you don’t even know that there IS a crime for a long time, and or what the protagonist’s involvement with it is.

It’s a bit slow in places, mostly in the present when Jun is setting the stage for a flashback into the past. I read this for the FABC challenge because it was printed by an independent publisher, and I was impressed.

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