Friday, March 13, 2020
Apeirogon, by Colum McCann, is based on the lives of two real men, Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan. Rami’s daughter, Smadar, was killed by suicide bombers, and Bassam’s daughter, Abir, was killed by a rubber bullet. Their shared grief and loss draw them together to become messengers for peace. McCann constructs a multi-faceted structure to pull readers into this story. Chapters rise in number from 1-500, followed by 1001, then descend in number from 500. These pieces and fragments combine into a complete novel that does what all the best novels do: holds up life for us to examine and try to make sense of it all. This is the writer as artist producing what I consider a masterpiece. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Apeirogon from amazon.com.