A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.
Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories – from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.
Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination – a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.–Goodreads
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am really not sure what to think of this book. It has an interesting plot and it definitely has some beautiful prose, but the characters just fell flat for me. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, I came up somewhere in the middle.
I liked the idea for this story, but honestly the idea was somewhat lost in miles of description and the slow pace of the novel. There are things happening in the book, but it takes the author a decent while to make sense of the situation and after a 100+ pages the book was still just meandering along.
This is a book that requires the reader to focus. The story is quite unique and intelligently written. The author has a pretty astonishing command of language, but I just can’t say this is my favourite book.
Sometimes the descriptions get so far off track that you can’t figure out what the original object the author describes actually is. Although there are some incredible passages in this book that are definitely worthy of being quoted, I found this novel rather lengthy for a book with such a slow moving pace.
Would I read another book by this author? Definitely. This one just wasn’t my personal taste.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.