Thursday 7 June 2018

Book Review: A Collar for Cerberus by Matt Stanley

Title: A Collar for Cerberus
Matt Stanley

Thistle Publishing

Publication Date: 20 May 2018
eBook - PDF
Literary Fiction
Review Copy from Publisher


Never meet your heroes...

A na├»ve English graduate arrives in Greece seeking experience and perhaps an encounter with his literary hero: Nobel laureate and irascible old hell-raiser Irakles Bastounis. Agreeing to act as driver for Bastounis, the young man finds himself on a hectic, adventurous and always challenging tour of Greece’s wonders – an apprentice in how to live life to the fullest.

As the road trip progresses, the questions arise. Is Bastounis still an addict? Who is following him and why? Is he researching his final, much-anticipated novel? Who are the people he’s meeting along the way? And how far will one young man ultimately go in the name of experience?

A Collar for Cerberus is a story about time, life, pleasure and the decisions we make.

A Collar for Cerberus is one of those delightful reads that creeps up on you. What at first glance appeared to be a road trip tale became a deep reflection on how we experience life, and what we want to get out of it, with wonderful discussions on Greek myth and the art of writing along the way. The characters were larger than life, and yet utterly believable, and in some ways, Greece itself became a character through the beautiful descriptions of its towns, food, and culture. This is a thought-provoking piece that also somehow gladdens the heart. By the end, we, as readers, have shared in the experience with the young narrator, and hopefully, like him, come out better for it. Marvellous writing, and well worth a look for literary fiction fans!

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