My novel My Noon My Midnight remains one of my favourite. A love story across continents, from the slums of Malta to war torn Nicaragua – a thought experiment that introduces readers to characters trying to find the perfect happiness. By perfect happiness I don’t mean perfect happiness. I mean the kind of happiness that brings no suffering to others. Happiness that brings no pain to family, society, nature, etc. Can it be done or is happiness itself an innate harbinger of suffering?
Here are some of my favourite quotes from the novel and the reviews it has thus far garnered on Amazon.
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Why do you think happiness is only ever a journey for me: because, if I arrive, I would find nothing but the sadness of others.
“I don’t want to be like her. I would rather not be happy at all than make others suffer.”
“You don’t know what it’s like to live like a puppet on a string, dancing to whatever song they feel like playing! Your life is not yours. It belongs to governments, to revolutions, to poverty, to earthquakes, volcanoes… and what is left that you can call yours?”
In life it’s not about – it’s never about – doing the right thing. That choice only happens in Bibles and fairytales. All we’re ever offered in life is: bad or worse. Only dreamers and ostriches wait around for a miracle. I prefer to do what’s least wrong.
“Death is the last hurdle.” I said calmly, my head bent, my body kneeling over the railing. “When the day comes when humanity is given the choice, a la carte, over its own death… that will be the day we win our purest freedom.”
This is a book of intelligence. You shouldn’t grab a copy if you aren’t competent enough to understand the depth and the measure that you will dive into upon reading the first page.
Fenech has a talent that is rare amongst writers, it feels like he can transform the pages into something that is definitely real but easy to imagine. His words are crafty and his narration is superb. I felt like I was reading a masterpiece and I enjoyed it to the fullest.
So what is this lovely book about? Well it’s something of a contemporary novel. Two paths collide on this journey called regular old life. Our characters are brought together and eventually form a relationship but the formation of this relation is what makes you go ‘wow’ as you read. The characterization is quite real which makes their dialogue fit into the story even better. The amount of detail is perfect, it’s the balanced mixture for a great novel.
This book can be compared to the works of Khaled Hosseini, if you loved The Kite Runner, or had a remote interest in Life of Pi (by Yann Martel) then you should grab a copy of this book. This is literary talent at its peak and it would be a terrible waste if you didn’t take part in enjoying it.
I would recommend this book to adult readers and those with a passion for contemporary fiction. There is a bit of romance but the base of the story is definitely grounded in the journey and the formation of that relationship, to call this a simple love story would be a huge injustice to the rest of the novel. If you like exploring other cultures then you’ll love this colorful cast of beautiful characters. There’s a lot to love about this book, every kind of reader will find enjoyment in it.
An intriguing book written very forcefully. It is about two young people – one in Nicaragua and in Malta, who eventually coincide, form a relationship, and move to Nicaragua to eke out a living.
Most of the book is taken up with the life of Alexander who is from a dysfunctional family living in the murky, poor society of Malta. An engaging character, we follow him has he struggles to make a living in a dodgy environment and are quickly immersed in his affairs and heartaches. The human perception in the book is impressive, and the author is highly skilled in taking us into Alexander’s mind as he analyses what is going on in the lives of those around him – as well as in his own life.
The first part of the book is concerned with the girl who becomes the love-interest later on, and we are shown the trials of her family in a revolutionary Central America. However, she doesn’t make a substantial appearance again until much later when her life becomes entwined with Alexander. At times one isn’t quite sure what is going on, but because one becomes so wound up in the character of the hero and because of the acute commentary going on, that doesn’t seem to matter.
It is a raw and emotional book, and although it is sometimes difficult to fathom the shifts in the structure, one is carried along by the exuberance of the writing which is exquisite and one is bowled along by it.