Of Things Gone Astray Book reviews


Author(s): Janina MatthewsonDownload  


On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values and finding the things that really matter.

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Lilee See

Lilee See rated it     

Of Things Gone Astray is novel filled with weird and wonderful intertwined storylines that weave together to create a treat of a book.
We soon learn, once we’ve started the book, that all the characters we meet have lost something dear, but peculiar to them, and we read their struggles to come to terms with their losses. And the strange and surreal is never to far from the surface, which gives this story such a refreshing charm.
Each chapter was a short treat to experience – perfectly constructed and sweet. I couldn’t help but fly through the pages and crave to keep up with these quirky, yet believable, characters. Because I became so fond of them all and I empathised with their troubles, despite the oddness of them.
The writing was great and engaging. Matthewson has a fantastic way telling this story in a simple, but touching way, which gave the narrative such charm.
I enjoyed this book so much and would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a quirky tale, filled with characters attempting to find their way. Such a lovely read.

siobhan Quinlan

siobhan Quinlan rated it      

I got this book as a ebook book from netgalley. i really enjoyed this book. This book showed what would happen if you lost what meant the most in the world to you weather its your independence, your job, being able to play music or someone you love more then anything.
This book goes through many POVs and shows something someone has lost and how it effects them. I loved the little chapters that showed the story belong to a item that one of the characters Jake had found.
If you are looking for a book that will hold your interest and make you fall in love with all the characters then this is for you

Taylor Noel

Taylor Noel rated it      

This might be one of my favorite books ever, which is saying a lot. It’s so weird and bizarre, but in the absolute best way. The premise for the story is astoundingly original – all of the characters wake up missing the one thing they care about most, except for Jake, who finds himself attracted to lost things. The story is beautiful and profound and mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down. The writing was so strong and the voices of the different characters contrasted splendidly.

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like you weird, literary novels, this is a must read. Love. Love. Love.


Robyn rated it      

I couldn’t put this book down. Each chapter was short and centered around one of several main characters. I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening to each one, so stayed up way too late reading, several nights in a row. “one-more-chapter-itis” is far too catchy when the chapters are brief and catchy, often with mini-cliffhangers. Interesting concept, with likeable characters. They each had their own unique multidimensional personalities and could be related to in different ways. Loved how they all subtlety linked to one another.
(I read an advance copy sent to the bookstore I work in)


Janet rated it      

At first this delightful and absurd novel appeared too far-fetched for my liking but soon every odd thing in it seemed to have its own kind of logic. Basically it’s about our human inability to handle loss and changes although normally one wouldn’t lose a wall or change into a tree. Matthewson writes very convincingly. All strange phenomena she describes at some point seem normal or understanding. She makes you look into a mirror; what seems unfamiliar and impossible starts to feel alarmingly close.


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