Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Book of Jonas Book Review
The Book of Jonas, written by Stephen Dau, isn't a long book, nor is it a difficult read. I found it a bit vague. The main character, Jonas/Younis is from an unnamed Middle Eastern Country, and there are many other things that are shadowy and unspecific in the book. Part of me didn't like that, but what I did like is how Stephen Dau got straight to the business of what was going on in the emotional lives of his characters. He gave us just enough of their particular stories to explain why, but at the same time, by jumping around in the story, he kept us wondering about what really happens. Why is Jonas so tortured by his past, what really happened to Christopher, is Rose ever going to find closure? Where is this all going to end up?
The metaphor of the gazelle and the lion is perfect. What hit home for me with this book is how Dau pointed out the stark differences in cultures while showing how they're all blurred all together. As different as we all are, we're all human. We all feel pain and loss and even the worst of enemies who share a tragic loss can, at least for a time, share in their grief and give each other what they need in that moment. But when that moment comes when the lion lets go just long enough for her instincts to take over, what will be the lifelong consequences of those actions. It could go so many ways.....