About the Book
- Author: Robin Gregory
- Genres: Magical Realism, Fantasy
- Released on: 1st November, 2015
- Publisher: Mad Mystical Journey Press
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Having won a number of awards, Robin Gregory’s The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is being lauded as a classic. A haunting, visionary tale spun in the magical realist tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, the profoundly unique voice and heart-stirring narrative recall great works of fiction that explore the universal desire to belong.
Early 1900s, Western America. A lonely, disabled boy with a nasty temper and uncontrolled mystical powers, Moojie is taken by his father to his grandfather’s wilderness farm. There, Moojie befriends an otherworldly clan of outcasts and wants to prove he can fit in with them. Following a series of misadventures, magical and mystical, Moojie questions his selfish attitude, and is summoned by the call to a great destiny … if only he can survive one last terrifying trial.
What I didn’t like…
- The narrative of the first few chapters was quite boring and confusing. A lot of the times, I felt as if the story was being narrated by one of the Centaurs from the ‘Harry Potter’ series. The language used was a bit difficult to understand. Often, I had to read the same passage twice to understand the meaning.
- The story progresses really slowly in the first few chapters. A lot of emphasis was laid on telling about Moojie’s hardships and also about his Pappy’s (grandfather’s) excessive obsession with sardines.
- Quite frankly, the only thing that forced me to continue reading the book were the reviews it received.
What I liked…
- The narrative though difficult to understand was quite lyrical. Once you get the hang of the style of narration, it seems very poetic and profound. The language has depth that surpasses the scope of YA literature. Even though, I didn’t like the fact that some points were over-written about, they seem relevant as you dive deeper into the story.
He wished the whole world would blow up- the world of impossible beginnings and sudden endings, of lost days, hours and minutes, of things never said.
- In continuation of the above point, the language used had the ability to grasp. It forces you to rethink about what you know, perceive and see. No, it does not contain purple prose; the prose is well thought about and the choice of words is sublime.
Life is making choices, a million choices, every day. Sometimes they stack up behind each other, like behind a close door, until the lock can’t hold anymore.
- It had a really unique plot and story-line. It is a story with a difference. The plot development was perfect. The pace varied according to the story and you can relate to the frustration and despair felt by the character
- The characters were well-developed. Moojie is a layered and enigmatic lead. The way his character matures and grows is remarkable and relatable. Pappy was another important, well-thought out character who had the right proportion of sugar and spice in him. Aunt Tilda (Moojie’s aunt) was the character that surprised me the most. She was given the least amount of time yet that did not in any way compromised her character development. Just after few pages of her introduction, you feel as if you know her from the beginning.
‘The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman’ is a unique and profound story. The story is about loss, separation, despair, recovery, failure and finding one’s true motive. The story is about looking at yourself through the lens of your hardships and struggles. It teaches to never let go.
Moojie’s struggle with his own physical and mental being is inspirational. What I really liked about his journey was the fact that the author let Moojie take his time and nothing happened too suddenly, too quickly. This greatly increased the reality quotient as life is not always full of miracles and magic.
The existence of the other-worldly clan reflects the presence of our deepest desires. Desires to escape the reality and the constant struggle of life. To me, the clan is the personification of wishes, wants and yearnings. The head of the clan, Ninti, is an exemplification of that part of our souls which constantly strives to show us the right path.
This book is a must read. Initially, it may come across as slightly boring, but it gets better (trust me!).