The Inn at the Edge of Light

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Do you think you've only the one life to live? Well, how about two at the same time, or maybe more? And if you think that sounds complicated you'd be right. So you'd better beware of dreams of the Inn at the edge of light, in case you go to sleep in one life and wake up in another,... More
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Michael Graeme is from the North West of England. He writes literary, romantic, mystical and speculative fiction.

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Daniel Fox reviewed on May 14, 2021

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Audrey Driscoll reviewed on Dec. 2, 2020

This book is written in second person present tense. The person experiencing the events that make up the plot isn't "he" or "I," it's "you." It took me a while to get used to that, but I'm glad I kept reading. The experience was like undoing a tight knot in a string, maddening but ultimately worth the effort when the tightly twisted strands loosen and open up.

The main character is at times a young man, at others middle-aged and living in a harsh world where the social order is collapsing into chaos. The time period ranges from the 1980s to the 21st century, a near future projected from the actual present. Scenes circle from the inn of recurring dreams to episodes in Chris's real life (referred to as "topside"). At first, it's all pretty obscure, but eventually patterns and a sense of progress emerge.

The narrative is full of symbols and references to mythology, psychology and philosophy. Recurring images include Scotch whiskey, bottles, watches, keys, and a pebble. There are references to the enneagram, journeys, and mystical quests. Almost all the action is interior, a scrutiny of Chris's memories, thoughts, expectations, and hopes. It's almost claustrophobic at times, but ultimately, the knot opens to an ending that, although ambiguous, is satisfying. This is a book I will think about for a long time and probably re-read at some point.
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