It may be that I haven’t truly woken up yet this morning, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around this new book. It seems like it might be amazing. It also seems like it might be completely hooey and overblown. But having read the description, along with authors it’s compared to, I figured I’d share, in case anyone else is interested.
“First published in the Czech Republic (where it quickly became a bestseller), Third Wish is a sweeping, lavishly plotted novel in five parts, bound together by a profound love story that spans the globe. It is at once a classic quest novel and a rich parable for our times, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, Milan Kundera, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among others. Presented in a boxed set as two richly illustrated paperback volumes with an accompanying CD musical soundtrack, this is a true one-of-a-kind novel. ”
“In fairy tales, the third wish is the last one left when the first wish was foolish, and the second wish was used to undo the first wish. Now the remaining wish must be used wisely and well–with the help of co-conspirators. The main thread of Third Wish–like Ariadne’s string guiding Theseus into the labyrinth with the Minotaur–begins at a table on a terrace on the Greek Island of Crete, winds its way into the center and back out to the same table, passing through Greece, Japan, France, England, and Seattle. Its main characters are Alice, Max-Pol, Aleko, Wonko, Zenkichi, Polydora, Alice-Alice, and Dog. Woven into the fabric of the novel are cultural history, art, philosophy, archeology, poetry, theater and music. The mode of the novel is contained in the words Slowly, Surprise, and Witness. More than anything else, Third Wish is a long love story–not in the usual sense–but the story of people who love life and will go to great lengths to find a flourishing Way onward.”
Any book that heavily references Lewis Carroll and is inspired by Milan Kundera sounds good to me. I’ll have to think about whether or not to get it, but I think I’m leaning that way. If you get it, let me know how it is.