The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man
by Dimitris Politis
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Genre: Suspense, Literary Fiction
Print Length: 325 pages
The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man explores the contentious yet universal themes of intolerance and understanding, discrimination and acceptance, violence and forgiveness. Dimitris Politis plunges boldly into the reality of contemporary Ireland, but from his own Greek perspective, creating an extraordinary mirror between the two countries, where glittering Aegean waves are crowned by Atlanic rainbows. The reader is drawn into the story through its exciting twists and turns, interlinked throughout by a fast cinematographic pace. An excellent contemporary example of black fiction with a subtle and delicate deepening of sentiments, feelings, and beliefs rooted in human nature, the novel voices a loud protest against social and historical stereotypes and is a stern warning of how intolerance and ignorance can lead to disaster. In today’s world, where countless countries are mired in financial crisis and where many forget the importance of tolerance and acceptance of their fellow human begins, the author cleverly reminds us that difference and diversity are universally present, shaping our world. This unique novel prompts us to remember that we are all born different and grow up differently, making each of us special in our own way, whatever our circumstances.
The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man by Dimitris Politis
Get ready for a powerful and often disturbing read as Dimitris Politis takes us into the world of The Stolen Life of a Cheerful Man. Right out of the gate, I found myself feeling that I was being taken into a world where one man’s joy has always been taken too soon from him. Using the gritty and tension-filled background of late twentieth century Ireland, where man stands against man in the civil unrest that plagued the land. Gorilla warfare, prejudice, and murder surround Dimos as his Greek heritage and memories of home come back to him in the violence of the lives of those he cares about. Each person is unique, not always likeable, but it is their uniqueness that makes up humanity. But now humanity is failing him, it is taking all he cares about away as it deceives him once again. Dimos friend and lover, Rory has been murdered for being in the wrong place at the right time, for playing two sides of an unlucky coin. It is these other lives that make Dimos both love and hate his friend, for the lies, the unknowns and the pain Dimos must endure in a world far too harsh for his gentle nature. Follow his path of thoughts, emotions and memories as Dimos reflects back on the worlds he has known as the tangled threads of his life slowly come undone.
Dimitris Politis has headed straight into a dark commentary of the ills that plague humanity, from a lack of compassion to the intolerance of sexual preferences to the inability to co-exist with those who have different ideals. Intense in its delivery, thoughtful and often far too realistic, is this actually a representation of what the world has become? The pacing is steady, as each scene explodes with details rich in depth. A well-written tale that will leave an imprint on your mind, while haunting the soul.
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.