I received a copy of The Lost Souls and Their Bodies free in exchange for an honest review.
In my quest to read more diverse books, I was offered the chance to review the book The Lost Souls and Their Bodies by Esther Kish, who is originally from eastern Europe (she now lives in the DC area). This book is sort of a cross between a novel and a critical essay about life and its meaning.
Book Description (from Amazon)
The Lost Souls and Their Bodies satirically explores the socio-political settings of the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western lands from which main characters originate only to be united on a Northern island. They all experience voids described as a fictional space of nothingness. Worldly ambitions can never be sufficient for the souls and are barely ever satiable for their bodies coming from different cultures and religions; Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Each character has a dream that reflects their deepest longings and fears despite decadent life settings. Yet they only truly find fulfillment in moments of disinterested love when destiny brings them together. The magical character – the Unwell Man – represents a crazy man from Lea’s town in the chaotic Southern lands with a soul that registers injustice, war tragedy, birth and death. Borderless and separated, united and confined; it is a journey of the lost souls and their bodies to their final destination.
I didn’t have any expectations coming in to this book- which was a good thing. The Lost Souls and Their Bodies is unlike any other book I have ever read. The book is definitely more character and philosophy-driven than anything else. Other readers have called Esther a “visionary” and I definitely think that is true. Her work is unlike most other books published today.
If you want to read a fun, feel-good story that is easy to read; this is not the book for you. This is a challenging book that is designed to provoke thought and make you question your philosophical views. The story isn’t happy and it doesn’t have the typical plot that you expect from most books. It reminded me more of the stories written by Mark Z. Danielewski than authors that you will see alongside the Hunger Games of the world.
It was interesting to read a book written by someone with a completely different prospective. Every so often, I like to read something completely out of the ordinary- and this book was it. If you are looking for a book that is entirely unique and completely innovative, then you will probably enjoy reading this book.
If not, then you might like something that is a little more mainstream, like picks from any of my book lists.