Influenza. I admired Sjón’s efficiency in drawing readers into an unfamiliar world in his novel titled, Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was. Using fewer than two hundred pages, Sjón presents the alienation of being a gay man in 1918 in Reykjavik, Iceland. He adds the tension relating to the war and to the influenza epidemic both about to arrive in that city. He then combines the two elements and shows the ways in which the flu creates in the city the same feelings that preoccupy the protagonist: alienation and fear.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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