Review: The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man

The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man„The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man explores the contentious yet universal themes of intolerance and understanding, discrimination and acceptance, violence and forgiveness. Dimitris Politis plunges boldly into the reality of contemporary Ireland, but from his own Greek perspective, creating an extraordinary mirror between the two countries, where glittering Aegean waves are crowned by Atlantic rainbows. The reader is drawn into the story through its exciting twists and turns, interlinked throughout by a fast cinematographic pace. An excellent contemporary example of black fiction, the novel voices a loud protest against social and historical stereotypes and warns of how intolerance and ignorance can lead to disaster. In today s world, where countless countries are mired in financial crisis and where many forget the importance of tolerance and acceptance of their fellow human beings, the author cleverly reminds us that difference and diversity are universally present, shaping our world. This unique novel prompts us to remember that we are all born different and grow up differently, making each of us special in our own way, whatever our circumstances.”

Review: I did not know what to expect when I started reading „The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man”, but I was pretty much aware that whatever it would turn out as, it would be different from most of the books I read. And I was right. Dimitris Politis’s novel is different and intriguing, a riveting narrative that kept me on the edge from the beginning to end, always yearning to discover more, to read more. It is by far one of the best books I have read lately and one that made me mourn the fact it had ended as I reached the last page.

A thrilling drama focusing on the main character Dimos, who is thorn from his sojourn in Greece by learning that his friend Rory had been found dead in his car, The Stolen Life of a Cheerful man is more than just a thriller. It is a novel that perfectly blends the better aspects of action and thriller novels, with drama and a healthy blend of political and philosophical elements. Taking into account the social and politic environment of the country Dimos resides in, the author manages to make a portrayal of life within the confines of a society that is filled with prejudice and hatred.

What I loved most about this novel, apart from its flowing writing style and believable action, was how realistic the main character was. Though likable, as if happens in situations of stress and danger, Dimos did not keep his pleasant personality, but rather acted impulsive and even irrational at times. I definitely enjoyed the rawness of the character in such situation and how incredibly believable he turned out to be. Overall, a wonderful novel that is meant to leave one thinking about it for a long time, instead of just glossing over and considering it done. I look forward to seeing what Dimitris Politis will create next.

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