The Book of Strange New Things by Michel faber

An ARC book review

My love: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Book of Strange New Things opens with a man saying goodbye to his wife before setting out on a perilous journey as a Christian missionary. It is an unexpected and wildly original novel about adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. Pre-order on BookDepository.com

Michel Faber didn't published a book for 10 years, it made me wonder if he was on extended holidays or just taking his time writing this wonderful book. I never heard of him before, but I was curious if it was a new author so I did some research. He wasn't, he was just out of the scene for longer than I've been reading.

The book begins with a man and a wife who relationship is deeply bonded in love; for each other, Jesus and the world. What stroked me is how well developed these characters were. I even felt sorry for the absent wife, I felt every pain as I read her emails and sorry and angry at the same time at Peter. I was expecting a lot of fanatic religion and annoying moralist characters, but no. These were real human beings trying hard to keep and share their faith, with their own doubts and guilt’s. I have to say the religious factor in this book was perfect, not pushy and yet integral to the story.

When Peter, the main character, encounters the natives of Oasis they hit me as creepy and I was pretty sure something creepy was going to happen. But no, these creatures are also as real as we are all the more reason for me to keep reading. It was amazing how Faber managed to keep these natives different and yet similar to humans. At some point I thought of them as adorably creepy.

The writing style was fluid and every single scene was worth reading until the very end; which even though a bit short for me, was well satisfying. Stating how a good book does not have to end and can go on in your imagination. A story, a real story has no ending, but a new beginning. The open end and the questions I had left made me wonder if the author was planning a sequel. I hope not really. The world was so perfect; the characters so real, I think a sequel might ruin this effect.

All in all, an unexpected amazing read!


The book is expected to come out in November 2014 and I highly recommend it to all type of readers. Click here to pre-order!

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