After reading my blog post Landline Telephony, my sister Padmini asked me on WhatsApp if I had read the book Phone Box At The Edge Of The World. I responded that I had not and asked her if it was worth reading. She promptly responded with an “Yes.” I value her judgement on literature and promptly bought the book to read on my Kindle device.
I have not been reading fiction except for two of my favourite authors who write Action Books, and this totally different genre came as a big surprise to me.
The book from the very first page grips one and the pace keeps increasing as one progresses. The contents pull just about every string in your emotions as you proceed and in short a totally engrossing book.
As hard to imagine the set up claimed to be real of a non functional phne box in Japan used by people to talk their hearts out, characterisation and descriptions take the reader to a very different place than the normal fiction does.
An Italian writer writing about a Japanese situation adds spice to the experience and the translation into English is admirable for not losing nuances.
If you have not read it, please do. Well worth the expense and the time spent on it.