Pain. What would happen in the world if instead of the trite expression, “I feel your pain,” anyone can respond to the suffering of others with the acknowledgement, “I see your pain?” In the world Kevin Brockmeier creates in his novel, The Illumination, a worldwide event has occurred and suddenly light emanates from the part of the body that feels pain or suffering. A cut to one’s skin produces a beam of light. Brockmeier deftly explores how individuals respond to experiencing life in a new way, and uses a journal of love notes as a way to tie together the various characters he presents in the novel. Readers who appreciate creativity in looking at the world in new ways are likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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