When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter? Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
I really enjoy reading outside of my comfort zone, and this book definitely qualifies as that. It can’t be pinned down to any single genre and explores lots of different themes, such as the differences between fiction and reality. It’s a very unique book and as I read it, I could tell the author had spent a long time crafting it to really flesh out the characters and themes within. I found it a very absorbing read, quite unlike any other book I’ve read before.
There are three main stories within the book: μ who goes in search of a character he reads about in a screenplay, a publisher called DOWN, and a quantum theoretician called David Bohm. Each of them unfolds in a non-linear fashion, which can be confusing at first, but once you get used to the structure it’s extremely enjoyable. The parts written in screenplay are a unique feature I haven’t seen in a book before; they worked extremely well in contrast to the dark themes explored in the rest of the book.
Overall, I found The Wave a challenging and enjoyable book. There’s a great contrast of light and shade within the story and some complex themes are explored. The unique narrative structure is perfect for the book; I don’t think telling the story in a linear fashion would’ve worked nearly as well. Lochlan Bloom has created an engaging story that I’d recommend to anyone looking to go outside their comfort zone.
Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.