An original story and a profound reflection.
ByTillion November 16, 2017
Nefarious is a rather complex novel. It evolves around the world of racing boats, specifically it spans the time of one race, lasting a week. It is a full immersion into an environment drenched in alcohol, sex and rough behaviour. Nonetheless, within the kaleidoscope of characters pictured by the author, there is also space for love, poetry and a reflection upon the significance of life.
I am not passionate about boats, so at the beginning I found it a bit difficult to dive into the narration, also because I have very little to share with many of the people populating the story. However, my perseverance has paid off. As I mentioned earlier, this book has many layers and many stories interweaving. Three characters, in particular, are truly captivating: the two tacticians, Ortun and Kevin Jonson and, of course, the devil. Kevin Jonson represents mystery, what is ancestral, immutable and powerful, regardless of all the transient and trivial everyday situations. Ortun represents poetry, music, grace. He is the depth of the ocean and the lightness of a feather. While the devil needs living beings beside him, to fill his eternal hollowness, Kevin Jonson and Ortun are whole, they are one with all the existent, therefore they stand above the circumstances in which they choose to act. And the devil, well the devil is a masterpiece. The author makes a truly original portrait of this figure. He features as himself, relating to the people around him in the most natural way. There is nothing threatening surrounding him; of course, some prefer to keep him at a distance, avoid his ambiguity. Nonetheless, I would say that more than cunning he displays a sort of cynical sense of humour which is rather enjoyable, especially when it is considered in the light of his inner speculations, about his own nature and the nature of his dealings with living beings. #novel#sexysailor#amreading#bookstagram#readinglist#read#bestbookstagram#sailboats#farr30#kindlebook