I write for my own sake, but I always hope someone else will read my words. Otherwise, it would feel like living alone my whole life, making only myself laugh or cry, keeping only my own company.
What if we’re never really in control of what will happen in our lives? What if someone’s out there, writing his literary dream and you stumbled upon him in the streets, you caught his attention and he decided to put you in his work, combining a hundred words about you, what will happen to you, what you’ll have to become and then what he wrote will soon materialize into reality just because he has the power to do so, to turn fiction into nonfiction, these are just a few of the many questions that I asked myself while reading Adi Alsaid’s debut novel, Somewhere Over The Sun.
I don’t want to go over the plot of the book, cause I want you to discover it for yourself and it’ll be a rewarding experience. So I’ll just do my thing, to point out the little things that you’ll like about this novel.
Somewhere Over The Sun's a breath of fresh air in the fiction world. It celebrates the true power of imagination with an amazing closer look to the small things beyond the protagonists of the story, which I think, is kind of unique and often left out on the previous books that I've read. Alsaid introduced us to a whole new perspective of sex, specifically in the eyes of the dress and shirt you wore before you do the thing. He also expounded on the reason why our keys need keychains and a handful of other literary wonders, which I think, Alsaid brought to the literary table for other writers to emulate.
On a similar vein, I’ve never read a book that’s beautifully and perfectly written like Somewhere Over The Sun. I was constantly grinning intellectually all throughout the book because I never imagined that such combination of words could describe a certain situation or what this or that character is feeling. A work of a born-writer!
In the end, Somewhere Over The Sun will leave us astounded by the true power of our imaginations, that, whatever it is that’s holding us back to write, we just have to lay it all down and do the thing that makes us happy, that indeed, we never have to stop turning fiction into reality, because, for some people, it’s the only hope that they can see in this too-cruel-this-could-be-fiction world.
A novel of substance, will never tire you out and will break your heart when you flip the last page.
Adi, I’m very thankful that you sent a copy of your book to me. I will forever acknowledge you, and forever recommend this book to everybody because of that. But you still owe me one, I need your autograph, don’t forget! Again, thank you.
Check out the book’s official site.