I am not about to write a thousand words of my admiration and love for this book. I would like to, but I simply can't. It feels as if my world has been turned upside-down in a nanosecond. I can't even think straight right now.
The thing is, I thought I had this book all figured out. Even before I reached the last few chapters, I knew what the morale was going to be, and which message the book was going to tell. I was about to relate it to a modern Odyssey, or a captivating Robinson Crusoe, focusing on the themes of survival, religion and nature vs culture. I was so sure, and yet I ended up being utterly puzzled.
As we live in a world of clichés it is a rare thing to be taken completely by surprise. But I was. And as I'm almost too overwhelmed to write anything more on the subject, let that be praise enough.