Tuesday, February 17, 2015

[Book Review] Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

Of Things Gone AstrayOf Things Gone Astray 

On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.

Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.

Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values and finding the things that really matter.

When I first stumbled upon this book, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Of course, the summary had some sort of explanation but the way it was written was if the magic of the novel was a regular thing and this was just something that happened all the time. Of course, later on I understood the meaning of everything was very intrigued with the way things turned out. 

One random London morning, people lost something that you wouldn't necessarily think that these things would be important to some people. Things like the front of the house, piano keys, a sense of direction, independence and more. When Jake's father brings him to London after his mother died, he is very drawn to those missing things and it's very interesting to the actual process of which every person goes through because they have lost something very dear to them. 

Of Things Gone Astray made me think. Alot. Thinking about losing something that is very dear to me was like a breathe of fresh air and I was able to realize that some things are taken for granted and should be paid attention to more. I loved this book, it will definitely stay with me for awhile. 

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Janina MatthewsonAbout Janina Matthewson

Janina Matthewson is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand. She now lives in London. Of Things Gone Astray is her first full-length novel.
Find out more about Janina at her website, and connect with her on Twitter.