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A Possible Life

by Daniel Scheffler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Dec 3, 2013
A Possible Life

Perhaps just intellectual and snazzy enough for the snobby literati, and on top of that certainly entertaining and compelling is the newish (although not his latest) novel (if that's what it is) from Sebastian Faulks - "A Possible Life". A novel (again, if that's what it is) that ventures from now, tiptoes to the past and all the way jumps rock steady into the future. Besides for the mingle of ages, it's the mixture of continents and characters that gets interesting.

"Sometimes my whole life seems like a dream; occasionally I think that someone else has lived it for me. The events and the sensations, the stories and the things that make me what I am in the eyes of other people, the list of facts that make my life...They could be mine, they might be yours."

"Sometimes my whole life seems like a dream; occasionally I think that someone else has lived it for me"

The British writer and journo is known for his fantastic novel "Charlotte Gray" that was turned into a film starring the ever-so-lovely Cate Blanchett that was probably some of his best work to date. It is a highly intriguing and deeply developed novel that captures all of your attention and refuses to let any of it go. With "A Possible Life" Faulks is able to again tell a story that snatches you right in. But this time he really does keeps true to his theory that people never tell you exactly what they think and feel - but that you need a book to do just that. And this book does that in the way you never expected it to. Just keep reading, one story at a time.

The novel is technically split into five parts, with the three main ones are "Geoffrey" and is dated 1938, the second is "Billy" and dates to 1859, the last "Elena" is then dated 2029. Then there are two shorter parts that sit on either end of these longer ones. But perhaps the interweaving of these parts forming a whole is not what the novel is about - enjoying each as a solid short story feels like a much more remarkable way to enjoy Faulks this time around. His key message that does span the entire book (call it what it is) is about man's choice to actively choose life - a message worth reading again and again.

"A Possible Life"
Sebastian Faulks

Based between New York and Cape Town, Daniel Scheffler writes about socio political and travel matters and is working on a memoir. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler.


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