Oddly fulfilled expectations: I got this book because I liked the blurb, a blurb which led me to expect a story that was both surreal and enchanting. It isn’t. I spent the first half of the book wondering if I’d been deceived but what this book does is convince you that the illusion is reality to a point where, even after you are aware of the illusion, it’s hard to believe that it isn’t the reality.
Haunting: This story insists on lurking in the back of my mind. It perplexes me in a good way.
Is that symbolic?: The dragon is glorious and ominous, but what is it really? A metaphor, an alter ego, a character in its own right, or a disguise? Roan tiptoes through his town but tiptoe is also the slang name for a drug. A dilapidated mental hospital features quite prominently.
Poetic touches: An origami town folded from love letters, slow clap to the author for this tragic and beautiful concept.
I’m just going to say it: This book is weird and I don’t know what it’s about. I think it’s a rather poignant tale about an insane dude, but it may just be about itself.
What I didn’t like:
Which one is the proper ending?: There are multiple POV characters in this book and each of their storylines comes to a separate conclusion. The first conclusion seems to take priority over the others, but then the story continues to tie up the other characters arcs.
The late, random murder: There is a murder, but who dies and why the person who apparently committed the murder did it, is never elucidated.
It encourages explanation: Because it’s vague and categorised as literary fiction, there will be people who read it, form opinions, and proceed to act as though their opinions are fact. I love discussing books, but I hate having them ‘explained’ to me so much that I listed this point here.
I’m a big fan of all things weird and thought-provoking, and this book certainly fits that description. It may not be clear from this review, but I truly enjoyed Tiptoe.
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