I did find the novel a bit difficult to follow at times, and I think it would really have benefited from being read in one sitting (and at just over 200 pages, that's not an unmanageable feat) although I wasn't able to. What makes The Illusion of Separateness so easy to read though is the beautiful writing of Simon Van Booy, whose prose takes you into the world of a German solider who has had a bullet shot into his head, or a lonely British film director– each character in a different setting, in a different world, but ultimately connected.
It doesn't take Van Booy many words to say what is needed, and that's why I first fell in love with his writing through his incredible short stories. His words are brief, but passionate. Every once in awhile while reading it would catch me, a line I just had to write down, flawless and raw.
Love is also a violence, and cannot be undone.This is a novel of beautiful characters and beautiful words. The Illusion of Separateness is complex and delicate, and at times I felt a bit muddled but what I constantly felt throughout was a connection to the text and to the people that inhabited it. I will definitely continue to pick up any future books from Simon Van Booy, and highly recommend that you do as well!
Release Date: June 11, 2013 Pages: 224 Format: ARC