Genre: Literary Fiction
My Ratings: 4/5 stars
I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Burly is a book that reads like a classic Hollywood movie. I envisioned the characters and the events of the book in Black and White in my mind. Given that the protagonist is 75-years-old, it only seemed logical. The theme of nostalgia is so deeply rooted in the book, that it reminded me of the stories my grandparents told of “their time”. Sam, in his old age, only has these memories to recall and rejoice that he had a great life, with all the ups and downs. He is no longer the adventurous teen with always one thing or the other up his sleeve. He is no longer the guy who thinks a LOT before asking a girl out. He doesn’t have those friends anymore, the ones he did all the mischiefs with. But he does try to have one last BMX ride.
It is a book that one would like, if one likes short, slow quaint novels. One thing that irked me was the first-person narration because it isn’t my personal preference while reading book. I believe the prose can be turned much more beautiful in third-person narration. So while the author does a good job with the writing style, the first person narration kept me from fully enjoying the book. It does seem suitable to the story though. Because a reader is thrown in the memory-box of Sam. You get to see what he is seeing and feel what he is feeling. The thrill of the racetrack and the taste of eggs, the heartbreak and the beauty. It was a book that one would read for leisure, for nostalgia and for reliving the good old days. I do think this book has potential to attract both old and teenage readers.