Glen Duncan, The Bloodstone Papers. Scribner, 2006. Pp. 405. ISBN 0743252292. $25.95 / £12.99.

Reviewed by Lillith

The Bloodstone Papers is an enthralling novel about a young Anglo-Indian author who, in discovering the story of his father's life while working on his book, also discovers something of himself.

I must admit, being more apt to read fantasy and sci-fi rather than any other type of fiction, I was concerned whether I could give it a proper review, little own like it, yet the author, Glen Duncan, weaves the story in a way that had me turning page after page in spite of myself. He blends the past and present in each chapter so effortlessly that one scarcely notices—the flow of the story is like water, unlike some stories that attempt the same and leave one confused.

This tale is rich with the culture of the father's British-occupied India as well as present-day London and the son's search for what he wants from life. I am not revealing much in the review because I want the readers to be as pleasantly surprised as I was—this is not a book I would pick up myself if I knew the plot, yet I am glad I chose this to review as I was enthralled, charmed even, by the story and its characters rich with life, love, anguish, and triumph.

I give The Bloodstone Papers a good ol' Southern "Hell yeah!"

As for the more proper vernacular, I recommend this book wholeheartedly and wouldn't be surprised if one day it turned into a screenplay.

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