Book Review:
The Man With The Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi

Title: The Man With The Compound Eyes:
Author: Wu Ming-Yi
Translated by: Darryl Sterk (original language: Taiwanese)
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 4/5

On the island Wayo Wayo, every second son must be sacrificed to the Sea God the day he turns fifteen. Atile'i is a second son, but determined to defy destiny and become the first to survive.

Alice Shih is determined to die. Having lost her lover and her son, she sees no reason to continue living. But her plan is interrupted when a huge wave comes crashing in, bringing a certain young boy with it.

To me, this was like a breath of fresh air. I very much enjoyed this book.

The characters and the different settings are what appealed to me most. I loved reading about the main characters. The only reason this is not a five star rating is because I found two of the side characters to be uninteresting. They both have a few pages each at the end, and at that point, I only wanted to read about those I'd already come to love.

The setting of this is vivid and I love the culture of the people. I also really enjoyed the magical realism aspects of this, where you question what's real and what's not.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys magical realism. It's so good!

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  1. The storyline sounds very interesting - thanks for sharing! The cover is very beautiful as well ...

    1. Definitely worth checking out :) And yes, the cover is to die for!


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