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  • Book Name: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida 
  • Authors: Shehan Karunatilaka
  • Pages: 351
  • Genre: Literary fiction
  • Publish Date:  January 2020
  • Language: English

Book review:

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka this novel is much more interesting than the blandly good uh pretty boy sam wheat molly almeida documents atrocities of war in his photography and he wants tyrants to be held accountable but he's not a virtuous person in fact from page one of this novel uh it says that uh if you had a business card uh that 

This is what it would say mali almeida photographer gambler he accepts work from shady organizations he loses a lot of money at casinos and he sleeps around with a lot of men behind his secret partner didi's back he's disillusioned with the government and doesn't attach himself to any particular political organization in sri lanka which is heavily embroiled in a civil war in the late 1980s when 

this novel is set but because of all these complexities and so-called flaws of his character i just fell in love with him at the start of the book molly wakes to find himself in this liminal space between life and the great beyond just like we can't recall birth he can't recall his death and the events surrounding it he's instructed by an official that he has seven moons in which to decide whether he wants to enter the light or to remain as a specter amongst the living  

This countdown begins during which he wants to discover who killed him reconnect with his loved ones and reveal to the public shocking evidence about a national scandal there's something really satisfying about reading a novel that's given a very definite structure in 

This way and moves towards a definite endpoint and it's really suspenseful how this novel builds to its conclusion we gradually discover details about his life through people that he haunts but he also encounters many victims 

Casualties of the war that he photographed during his lifetime he encounters their ghosts and not only them but he also encounters the ghosts of other people who have committed suicide who've found life in the country and under the conditions of this war completely untenable these spirits are raging and there's 

This tension between those that want to get their revenge on people who are still alive and those that want to leave all of the pain of life behind this is dramatically played out over the course of the novel as 

Molly becomes familiar with senna a deceased man who is hatching a terrorist plot aided by a dangerous demonic spirit and underlined these tense and fantastical events are these probing questions about our motivations in life and the degree to which 

We can enact change in the world molly has seen enough deception hypocrisy and double crossing coupled with egregious acts of oppression and mass murder to know that no one leader political organization or band of people can be trusted with consistently safeguarding the welfare of the people in his country a brief list of the primary 

Political groups involved in sri lanka's conflict is given towards the beginning of the novel and this not only slyly tips off western readers to help them understand the stakeholders and the general motivations of these groups 

But also shows how none of these opposing forces are good or right not aligning himself with any of them makes him an outsider but he also feels like an outcast because he's a closeted homosexual experience has taught him to adamantly deny his sexuality even when it's clear that he's not straight his infidelity and his many casual sexual encounters are partly caused by this 

But also by his puerile justification that it's man's nature to sleep around there's this very funny quote where he's having an exchange with his partner and it said you tell him the pecker is proof that man has no free will 

There's a pause and then dede snorts that is the lamest excuse ever the story is narrated in the second person which makes sense for a protagonist who's been separated from his physical body but it also grounds the reader in mali's experience as he struggles to understand the rules of 

This peculiar afterlife the means by which he travels through wind and the degree to which the dead can whisper to the living or physically interact with them are bound by certain constraints this is all handled quite playfully with evocative details like what it feels like to walk through a wall it's also amusing how the transitory space which is meant to encourage him into the light resembles.

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