The best quote about Obstacles was once quoted by the French playwright and actor, who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature- Jean-Baptiste Poquelin "Molière",
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
Similarly, in the debut book, Obstacles by an American author, named, Christopher Reardon, obstacles are the one thing that keeps the primary character, Alcott, who is a doctor, from saving a nine-year old's life. But his obstacles are painfully difficult and brain-stormingly challenging to overcome.
First, a huge thanks to the author, Christopher Reardon for sending me over a copy of his book, in return for an honest review.
Blurb given on the back of the book :
A child will die. You're afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he's lost in paranoia.
Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott's horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn't right.
Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man's obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.
A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari's life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.
Death's claws shall not grasp Gari's soul.
Well firstly, the author could not get a grip on his characters, especially, on the protagonist and hence, I couldn't be able to connect with him on a personal level and couldn't even feel his emotions. Although, I could feel his fear and the phobia towards death before saving a child's life, still I couldn’t relate to the primary character, while I can see that in almost all the reviews people are screaming about his use of reality! The plot and the concept was quite unusual, so hats off to the author for his imagination skills and for including so many striking power-packed actions in this fantasy novel, thus giving an edge to the book. Still somewhere the plot felt short, within Alcott's world and the god woman's realms. Although, Alcott kept us engaged to some extent with his loquacious dialogues, but sometimes he badgered us with his emotions and fears.
It's quite evident that Alcott's every action, upon falling for that magical realm, changes the course of his fate. And in this book, the emotions run quite deep. But most of the times, I felt so out-of-place. I wish the author had more eloquently unfolded the mystery about that enthralling fantasy related to death.