Return to the Enchanted Island: A Novel

Return to the Enchanted Island: A NovelIn This Exhilarating Prize Winning Novel Only The Second To Be Published In English From Madagascar A Young Man Comes Of Age Amidst The Enchanted Origin Myths Of His Island Country Named After The First Man At The Creation Of The World In Malagasy Mythology, Ietsy Razak Was Raised To Perpetuate The Glory Of His Namesake And Expected To Be As Illuminated As His Great Ancestor But In The Chaos Of Modernity, His Young Life Is Marked Only By Restlessness, Maddening Insomnia, And An Adolescent ApathyWhen An Unexpected Tragedy Ships Him Off To A Boarding School In France, His Trip To The Big City Is No Hero S Journey Ietsy Loses Himself In The Immediate Pleasures Of Body And Mind Weighed Down By His Privilege And The Legacy Of His Name, Ietsy Struggles To Find A FootholdOnly A Return To The Enchanted Island, As Madagascar Is Lovingly Known, Helps Ietsy Stumble Toward His Destiny This Award Winning Retelling Of Madagascar S Origin Story Offers A Distinctly Twenty First Century Perspective On The Country S Place In An Ever Connected World I was eager to read this book my first set in Madagascar, winner of the Grand Prix de l Oc an Indien, apparently only the second to be published in English from Madagascar The book is about Ietsy Razak, namesake of the first man created in the world according to Malagasy mythology The scion of a well to do family, Ietsy is steeped in his privileged upbringing, focused on himself, and lackadaisical in his approach Spoiled as a young child, following a tragedy, he is sent off to France and co I was eager to read this book my first set in Madagascar, winner of the Grand Prix de l Oc an Indien, apparently only the second to be published in English from Madagascar The book is about Ietsy Razak, namesake of the first man created in the world according to Malagasy mythology The scion of a well to do family, Ietsy is steeped in his privileged upbringing, focused on himself, and lackadaisical in his approach Spoiled as a young child, following a tragedy, he is sent off to France and continues his foray into living a life bereft of any optic into others, except his own narcissistic self, followed by bouts of depression as Ninon eludes his desire to own her His return to the enchanted island of Madagascar and his subsequent marriage to Lea Nour doesn t change him much making him a rather unlikeable character I found the parts of the book that covered Malagasy mythology and culture interesting and informative But the storyline meandered, I had to work on keeping track of where i was, and the transitions were muddy Overall, i consider this an okay read, with a suggestion for folks to read the book, if not for the storyline but for the opportunity to learnabout Madagascar and its mythology and culture and expand our global view into countries we don t get much of an opportunity to read about in the English language Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson and translated by Allison Charette.This books is only the second book to be translated from Madagascar to English, and has won the Prix du Roman de l Ocean Indien prize The book is divided into three massive chapters Ietsy Razak s early life in Madagascar, his life in a boarding school in France and then his return to the enchanted island , as Madagascar is also lovingly named The story was okay for me, I pushed through almost did not fini Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson and translated by Allison Charette.This books is only the second book to be translated from Madagascar to English, and has won the Prix du Roman de l Ocean Indien prize The book is divided into three massive chapters Ietsy Razak s early life in Madagascar, his life in a boarding school in France and then his return to the enchanted island , as Madagascar is also lovingly named The story was okay for me, I pushed through almost did not finish but I wanted to know what the life of a privileged boy was like for The Blessed One, The Great Ancestor The writing style was really not for me I enjoy a story line that is less complex and a lot easier to follow There is also a lack of a solid plot and the prose so dense and complex that I get lost in the story line I am certain there would be others that would really enjoy the complexity of the Madagascar ancestral stories intermingled with current day juxtaposition Thank you Netgalley andfor the ARC ebook for an objective review DNF 20%I m not sure if I should blame the format I ve been reading but I m finding that each paragraph of this novella is very dense, so much so that I often could not make sense of what I was being told The writing also uses a lot of terms that don t really fit with what is being addressed or described.The somewhat disjointed yet impenetrable prose also implemented brackets in an incorrect way for example at 11% there are about 100 words between two bracketthis didn t really add anything t DNF 20%I m not sure if I should blame the format I ve been reading but I m finding that each paragraph of this novella is very dense, so much so that I often could not make sense of what I was being told The writing also uses a lot of terms that don t really fit with what is being addressed or described.The somewhat disjointed yet impenetrable prose also implemented brackets in an incorrect way for example at 11% there are about 100 words between two bracketthis didn t really add anything to the style or the story.Maybe other readers will find it easier to navigate this heavy narrative but I m going to give this a hard pass