Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada by Neil Randall. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour. Check out my review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
The whole world against him
The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada is the story of an outsider, a lonely, misunderstood young artist who chronicles all the unpleasant things that happen to him in life. Abandoned by his parents, brought up be a tyrannical aunt, bullied at school, ostracized by the local community, nearly everyone Jacob comes into contact with takes an instant, (often) violent dislike towards him. Like Job from the bible, he is beaten and abused, manipulated and taken advantage of. Life, people, fate, circumstance force him deeper into his shell, deeper into the cocoon of his fledgling artistic work, where he records every significant event in sketches, paintings and short-form verse, documenting his own unique, eminently miserable human experience. At heart, he longs for companionship, intimacy, love, but is dealt so many blows he is too scared to reach out to anybody. On the fringes of society, he devotes himself solely to his art.
One of my 2019 goals was to read novels I wouldn’t normally reach for. The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada isn’t a genre of novel I have read a lot of. Dark comedy is very different for me but I am glad I said yes to this one.
The story has its hilarious moments and its horrifying moments. It’s brilliant, really. Neil Randall has written a captivating novel I had trouble putting down. He has this wonderful ability to create a sense of unease while making you laugh. That is some awesome talent.
I loved everything about this book. The plot, the characters, the writing…I highly recommend checking it out!
Neil Randall is the author of seven published novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been published in the UK, US, Australia and Canada
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