Damien March is a journalist of the BBC in London. When his uncle Patrick dies, and he is the heir of his uncle’s house, Damien decides to cross the ocean and take a short holiday of his lonely life, and maybe become a hermit as his uncle.
The experience will show him all the things that never fitted correctly about his family, and it will reconcile him with his existence.
This story feels like diving into an old picture book, where you can discover the past lives of your elders, to find out that they were young, reckless, and sometimes silly as well. Maybe you will learn some weird stories about their lives, and you will uncover that some of them are much more similar to your life that you could never realise before. Damien will meet the family ghosts and will accept them as his own.
It can be a real story, and I read it as a real one. There are things that can not be changed, and you need to accept as they are. But, it doesn’t matter, because sometimes is better to know the truth than to have a “perfect” life.
Travel into the past to understand the present. It is a slow story. Enjoy the words, and the “pictures”. A book to relax.
Marcel Theroux is a screen writer, a broadcaster and novelist. He is the son of travel writer Paul Theroux and brother of acclaimed film maker Louis Theroux.
He was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He grew up in England, was educated at Westminster School, before studying English Literature at Cambridge University and International Relations at Yale.
He has published five novels. His second novel, The Paperchase, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His fourth novel, Far North (2009) was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award, the Arthur C Clarke Award, and was awarded the Prix de l’Inaperçu in 2011.
Far North has been translated into German, Dutch, and French. A Japanese edition prepared by the celebrated novelist Haruki Murakami was published in April 2012.
Theroux’s fifth novel, Strange Bodies, was published by Faber and Faber in the United Kingdom and Ireland in May 2013. It will be published in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in February 2014.
In addition to his books, Theroux has written a number of original screenplays and written and presented more than a dozen documentaries on subjects ranging from climate change to the Japanese aesthetic principle of wabi-sabi.