From Goodreads: “The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.”
I knew going into this one that magical realism entered into this novel. I’m not a fan of magical realism, but thought I could embrace it as an escape from the main character’s dark prison life. Unfortunately, I still had difficulty with it. This is a haunting, dark book and frankly, it was painful to read. And not in a good, educating way. I know there are people who loved it, that found the hope and redemption at the end of the novel uplifting to the point of greatness, but I just never got there.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
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