It was browsing the books in Kinghorn Library that I decided I needed to investigate contemporary Scottish writers and I’m so glad I did. All of my blog posts this December will celebrate Scottish authors.
Here’s my review of ‘An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful‘ by J David Simons:
“I found J David Simons’ novel beautiful, shocking, informative, gripping in places and haunting. It was one of those books which lived on with me long after I had read the final page.
Edward was fascinated by Japan and a legacy enabled him to realise his dream to live and work there. His view of the culture and his surroundings, as well as delving into the morality of the war, took you into an exotic but scarred and unfamiliar world. An escape which included a love affair with a Japanese maid and the realisation of Edward’s other dream, to be a successful writer.
His success unfortunately led to his return to England, a bitter sweet time in his life when he married an artist beginning a tumultuous off/on relationship. Hidden truths festered, only resurfacing when Edward was an old man before his time and he revisited Japan, meeting his first love Sumiko once more.
A clever plot with an unexpected ending, which I will not spoil for you, but which left me haunted for some time.”