This is the story of an epic romance of a naive Irish girl named Kate and her mysterious lover. She rejects him in a moment of panic, and spends her life seeking him after she realizes how much she loved him. She visits the kingdom of beasts, London, the heavenly archives, Eden, hell, and the Donegal Sea in search of him. It is in hell she saves her dying love. Will they make it to heaven together?
The novel is told in stream-of-conscious style to give the reader a dreamlike quality while reading. I think the author accomplished this goal. It is very much like being in someone's dream. Some parts are fragmented and others poetical. I do have to say this is also one of the main reasons I did not end up liking the book. Because of the style chosen to write the story, I had a difficult time connecting to it. I think that is more personal preference. It just did not work for me.
I liked the idea of the story. A quest to find your lost love, and doing anything and going anywhere to find them. I also liked the notion of questioning yourself and everything else. I wish I was able to connect to this story. I also did not care for the made up words or how sentences would be incomplete. I understand why the author chose to do this, but it did not help me focus and appreciate the story.
I would say, if you like mythology and poetry told in a stream-of-conscious style you should give this book a try. I could see how it would appeal to some people, it just did not work for me.
*I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book I would not have gotten to as soon, or heard about otherwise.