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Return to the Enchanted Island: A Novel Such a joy to read a book from an unfamiliar part of the world The prose was gorgeous from start to finish. Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson and translated by Allison Charette.This books is only the second book to be translated from Madagascar to English, and has won the Prix du Roman de l Ocean Indien prize The book is divided into three massive chapters Ietsy Razak s early life in Madagascar, his life in a boarding school in France and then his return to the enchanted island , as Madagascar is also lovingly named The story was okay for me, I pushed through almost did not fini Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson and translated by Allison Charette.This books is only the second book to be translated from Madagascar to English, and has won the Prix du Roman de l Ocean Indien prize The book is divided into three massive chapters Ietsy Razak s early life in Madagascar, his life in a boarding school in France and then his return to the enchanted island , as Madagascar is also lovingly named The story was okay for me, I pushed through almost did not finish but I wanted to know what the life of a privileged boy was like for The Blessed One, The Great Ancestor The writing style was really not for me I enjoy a story line that is less complex and a lot easier to follow There is also a lack of a solid plot and the prose so dense and complex that I get lost in the story line I am certain there would be others that would really enjoy the complexity of the Madagascar ancestral stories intermingled with current day juxtaposition Thank you Netgalley andfor the ARC ebook for an objective review In This Exhilarating Prize Winning Novel Only The Second To Be Published In English From Madagascar A Young Man Comes Of Age Amidst The Enchanted Origin Myths Of His Island CountryNamed After The First Man At The Creation Of The World In Malagasy Mythology, Ietsy Razak Was Raised To Perpetuate The Glory Of His Namesake And Expected To Be As Illuminated As His Great Ancestor But In The Chaos Of Modernity, His Young Life Is Marked Only By Restlessness, Maddening Insomnia, And An Adolescent ApathyWhen An Unexpected Tragedy Ships Him Off To A Boarding School In France, His Trip To The Big City Is No Hero S Journey Ietsy Loses Himself In The Immediate Pleasures Of Body And Mind Weighed Down By His Privilege And The Legacy Of His Name, Ietsy Struggles To Find A FootholdOnly A Return To The Enchanted Island, As Madagascar Is Lovingly Known, Helps Ietsy Stumble Toward His Destiny This Award Winning Retelling Of Madagascar S Origin Story Offers A Distinctly Twenty First Century Perspective On The Country S Place In An Ever Connected World Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson, translated by Allison M Charette, offers a glimpse into Madagascar s past and present in this origin and coming of age story Protagonist Ietsy Razak is blessed by the Gods and Ancestors A member of the ruling elite, he wants for nothing except love and a sense of purpose Ietsy is not an entirely likeable character, but perhaps that only makes himreal.The story is told as a series of flashbacks through Ietsy s life in Madagascar and Return to the Enchanted Island by Johary Ravaloson, translated by Allison M Charette, offers a glimpse into Madagascar s past and present in this origin and coming of age story Protagonist Ietsy Razak is blessed by the Gods and Ancestors A member of the ruling elite, he wants for nothing except love and a sense of purpose Ietsy is not an entirely likeable character, but perhaps that only makes himreal.The story is told as a series of flashbacks through Ietsy s life in Madagascar and France, interspersed with lore This non linear approach casts a hazy pall, much like the insomnia he suffers from.Full of cultural references, translator Allison Charette drops clues to ensure we understand things like the lambamena, shrouds of wild silks, of those resting in their vaults and vodiondry, the ritual offering of a sheep s hindquarters to the bride s parents Rasarotrafoitoavary, She Who Is as Difficult to Leave Behind as Rice and other poetic place names remind us we ve traveled to a far away land Yet it s not all exotic enchantment Author Ravaloson paints a complex picture of a nation coping with the after effects of colonialization.Stylistically interesting yet readable, Return to the Enchanted Island is only the second work of fiction from Madagascar ever published in English, and sure to hold a place in literary history.Review copy provided byCrossing You open this book with lots of questionsand close it with just as many It is engrossing at parts The author s imagery is rich and captivating Prepare to take a ride of flashback to present to flashback again As someone who loves the Malagasy culture, this take on it s origin story is fascinating and unique The elements, the language, the storytelling is excellent It is certainly a coming of age novel, one that is filled with historically accurate events, magical elements, love, sex, cu You open this book with lots of questionsand close it with just as many It is engrossing at parts The author s imagery is rich and captivating Prepare to take a ride of flashback to present to flashback again As someone who loves the Malagasy culture, this take on it s origin story is fascinating and unique The elements, the language, the storytelling is excellent It is certainly a coming of age novel, one that is filled with historically accurate events, magical elements, love, sex, culture, humor basically, everything you could want It s a quick, but delightful read for anyone.This book, as you ll find, is blessed by the Gods and Ancestors I won this ebook on Goodreads but I couldn t get a quarter way through Too many names of everythingI struggled to get as far as I did. Thank you publishing for my gifted Advance Readers Copy of Return to the Enchanted Island.The Enchanted Island is another name for Madagascar Return to the Enchanted Island is essentially, a modern retelling of Madagascar s origin story The story is told through Ietsy, whose ancestor was the first man who created the world according to Malagasy mythology However, Ietsy is a modern young man, so how can he live up to his Great Ancestor I really liked reading about Madagascar s creatio Thank you publishing for my gifted Advance Readers Copy of Return to the Enchanted Island.The Enchanted Island is another name for Madagascar Return to the Enchanted Island is essentially, a modern retelling of Madagascar s origin story The story is told through Ietsy, whose ancestor was the first man who created the world according to Malagasy mythology However, Ietsy is a modern young man, so how can he live up to his Great Ancestor I really liked reading about Madagascar s creation story which was so interesting I love learning about new cultures and this includes their creation stories What I had trouble with was the writing style The storyline was hard to follow This is best illustrated by the beginning of the story where it look me several pages into the book to figure out who the story was about It was also hard to follow because the book only had three large chapters broadly described as Ietsy s early life on the island, his time in France, and then his time back on the island However, the writing style did not hinder my wish to finish the book.Overall, this was a book I would suggest to readers who enjoy learning about new cultures, especially Madagascar and its origin myths 3 5 This is a challenge to read and it ha a very unlikable protagonist in Ietsy However, it s the only novel I ve read from Madagascar so props to the publisher for the translation into English It basically follows the life of a privileged man from his home in Madagascar to a dissolute life in France and then back home again A lot is packed into this novella Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC It s worth a read but it doesn t give as much flavor of the country as you might expect. DNF 20%I m not sure if I should blame the format I ve been reading but I m finding that each paragraph of this novella is very dense, so much so that I often could not make sense of what I was being told The writing also uses a lot of terms that don t really fit with what is being addressed or described.The somewhat disjointed yet impenetrable prose also implemented brackets in an incorrect way for example at 11% there are about 100 words between two bracketthis didn t really add anything t DNF 20%I m not sure if I should blame the format I ve been reading but I m finding that each paragraph of this novella is very dense, so much so that I often could not make sense of what I was being told The writing also uses a lot of terms that don t really fit with what is being addressed or described.The somewhat disjointed yet impenetrable prose also implemented brackets in an incorrect way for example at 11% there are about 100 words between two bracketthis didn t really add anything to the style or the story.Maybe other readers will find it easier to navigate this heavy narrative but I m going to give this a hard pass I got this book as a Goodreads Giveaway I ve tried twice to finish reading, but I just couldn t take it past the halfway point I got bogged down by the complexities and having to backtrack often.I m sure there are some that will enjoy this book, but this one was not meant to be for me.

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