Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - War with Pigeons

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Book Review - War with Pigeons

About this Book
''If you are reading this letter it could only mean that I'm dead and I suspect the circumstances of my death were less than natural,'' begins the letter from Simon to his dear friend Peter.

Peter, appointed the executor of the deceased's estate, uncovers more about Simon's life during the administration of his Last Will and Testament than during the lifetime they had shared as friends. Simon's reflections, codified in a small, black notebook, of the variety that Hemingway and Picasso were purported to have used, provide insights into the deepest recesses of Peter's own life, allowing him to find love and meaning in an existence that had to that point been marked by loss.

From the insidious room salons that discreetly litter the side streets in Midtown Manhattan, to the cafes and night clubs frequented by young Asian professionals and kyo-pos, War With Pigeons artfully immerses the reader into a segment of American society that is rarely seen.
At its heart, the book is a story of love, loss and hope, whether it's in the context of one courageous woman's hardships in coming to America, the sufferings of her son to secure love in an unsympathetic world or the struggles of a beautiful woman to continue on the path of life after her beloved has departed.

This debut novel from writer Tae Kim is a tribute to the tradition of storytelling, using prose that is entertaining and sensually romantic at times, heart-wrenching and poignantly riveting at others, but always passionate and beautifully written.

About the Author
Tae Kim was born in Inchon, South Korea and immigrated to the US in 1971. His debut novel, "War With Pigeons," was honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction & Literature: Multicultural Fiction" and "Fiction & Literature: Romance" categories of the "2010 Best Books" Awards sponsored by USA Book News. A licensed New York State attorney and real estate broker, Kim is currently a senior vice president for HSBC Bank USA, NA. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

My Take on the BookI did not know what to expect with this novel when I received it for review, but as I got into it, I could not put it down. What I liked most about the novel was that it left an indelible mark on the reader.

I have visited some of the locations in the book so to me they were familiar, but there were many other locations and aspects of the book that were very foreign to me as well. The author though takes each reader and paints a clear image to all of the setting where his novel is set.

The plot is deep and intricate and weaves in many underlying themes for the reader to unravel. Through this the author develops strong characters that the reader can identify with as well as a glimpse into Korean culture that for the non-Korean may seem foreign, but by the end, it is much clearer for all.

The book is full of of twists and turns which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. By writing his novel like this, the author allows the reader to go on a journey with him, opening up their emotions to the characters.

This book is a wonderful novel and one I would definitely recommend! 

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