This book is one that I normally don't review. I read a variety of things of course, but my reviews mainly stem on science fiction and fantasy- my favorite genres. Needless to say, this was not in that genre. This was a literary piece filled with psychological and philosophical notions.
The writing style is different than I'm used to reading. I believe it's second person prose. However, the author did this on purpose and it worked.
Yew is the main character of this story who when he turns six, starts listening to the “egot” inside of him. This was an interesting play on words and if you are familiar with psychological theory you will understand where the inspiration for this comes from. Throughout his life, Yew then obeys rules and the “egot” becomes smaller and smaller until he eventually forgets it. Then one day in adulthood, after a chance meeting with someone from his past, he finally “snaps.”
At times this book can seem a bit over-saturated with case studies in psychology but it does help to move the story along. It can actually help a person who may not be familiar with the concepts used throughout the book so it works if you have no background knowledge but paradoxically, you need some background knowledge to fully appreciate what you are reading. Anyway, this book combines both psychological concepts and eastern philosophy via Lao Tzu. So in a way, it's academic brain candy but written in a way almost everyone would understand. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was eventually used in a high school classroom or rather, a university classroom.
Needless to say, this was a page turner and certainly something to keep your eye on. What the author presents in his book certainly makes you think and he leaves it up to you to interpret the end of the story for yourself.
It's a good book. And definitely, one that should be read by all.