A book review from a Nelson bookshelf

Letty Bartels of Nelson's Otter Books reviews In the Fabled East.

Nelson's Otter Books reviews In the Fabled East.

Nelson's Otter Books reviews In the Fabled East.

Letty Bartels

Otter Books

An author I’ve been enjoying lately is Adam Lewis Schroeder. Living just up the road in Penticton, he is almost a local writer, and a very accomplished one.

His second book, In the Fabled East starts out in 1936 in colonial Indonesia and goes on to merge history, myth, life stories from different eras and a kind of magical realism often found in South American writers, while spinning the tale of a son’s search for his lost mother.

Adelie had disappeared into the steamy jungles of Laos twenty-seven years before, looking for the fabled fountain of eternal youth, hoping to save herself from the tuberculosis that was consuming her. Her son contracts a young academic, Pierre Lazarie to try to find her, with a surprising outcome.

Readers of Ann Patchett’s recent book, State of Wonder, will feel some simularity between these two books, but I found In the Fable East to be a better written and more compelling book.

 

Nelson Star

Just Posted

Most Read