The Boy in the Earth

“Even when the moon shrinks and disappears, it shows itself again gradually. When ancient people saw that eternal cycle of death and recovery, they prayed to the moon for their own rebirth.” – Fuminori Nakamura, The Kingdom

Fuminori Nakamura’s novel, The Boy in the Earth, centers around an unnamed taxi driver whose life delineates tragedy–abandoned by his parents and abused by his distant relative.

Nakamura’s The Boy in the Earth questions as to whether a damaged person can find solace and redemption. The story is more of a character study than a novel. Nakamura takes his readers into the mind of a troubled protagonist, exploring how self-destructive his thoughts and actions are and what makes him who he is. Throughout the book, it becomes apparent that the unnamed protagonist is not looking for sympathy from anybody but for understanding and acceptance. Nakamura writes with honesty and compassion, leaving a lot for readers to think about. A beautiful and haunting book.

Rating: 3/4

**Post not sponsored. All opinions my own.


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