Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Canadian Origin edition (Oct. 17 2017)
Synopsis: Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.
But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.
The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.
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When I was first asked to review this book, the description made me hesitate to read the book as it paints a very dark picture for the novel. But the last passage for the book description is what got me: “… a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness…” Something about this sentence reminded me of words used to describe some of the best classic books I have read. So I just had to read it then!
This book tackles more than just the theme of sanity vs. madness, but also abuse and morality and science vs. faith. The story was so unique and unlike anything that I have ever read – which means I will for sure be remembering this book for years to come! On top of that, Ferguson’s writing style is almost poetic at times and truly stunning. I could see this book becoming a classic.
One side note: Thomas Rosanoff, the main character, isn’t always your “typical” main character and I found there were times that I really disliked him. But I found I had to remind myself of Rosenoff’s background and what his childhood was like to help understand his actions. Nonetheless, this didn’t affect my liking of the story as, to me, it was just part of the story.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Simon & Schuster Canada*