Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. I judge the books only not the authors.
This book from the very beginning to the very end felt real. Everything that the author wrote felt relatable and comprehensible. I loved everything about it especially the way it was written and the way it interacts with You the reader and involves you completely into the story.
If you enjoy books that have deep topics, topics that will tickle your brain and conscious this one is the right one for you. I literally finish this book in one sitting more or less 3 hours to be exact. I could not stop reading it, the pages were like flipping by themselves and I was so engaged it seemed like the time stopped and I was totally immersed into the author’s universe. His struggles, his pain it felt all palpable, as if he was an old friend of mine and I could understand him completely.
I am sure that you would be able to find at least one thing relatable to you in here.
The fact that Joss incorporated quotes of Lao Tzu through the whole read was really admirable and I totally appreciated it.
He gives you the chance to view things differently with another perspective without being judgemental so you can make your own ideas and opinions. The fight with the social norms and living up to someone else’s expectations hit me hard. The things that we tend to forget while getting older, the connection with our inner child and the people who we truly are deep inside.
While reading this book I had the same feeling and sensation while reading The little prince. Do not get me wrong it is completely different story and all, what I mean is that the emotions that The little prince triggered in me were the same that The little voice evoked and I mean The little prince is one of my favourite books of all time!
I gave this book a well deserved 5 star rating and would like to thank the author for his sincerity and writing such a beautiful book for us to read and enjoy.
Without giving too much away here are some quotes from the book that have become my favourites:
***My good behaviour made other people happy; I was becoming the person they wanted me to be. But I don’t think it ever made me happy. I don’t think anyone can be happy whilst they’re being coerced to act in an unnatural manner. Lao Tzu says; ‘When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be’. Well, I was certainly ‘letting go’. I was becoming what I ‘might be’. But it was tearing me up inside. Because I didn’t want to be what I ‘might be’. I wanted to be me***
***I became a new person; sucked into the neutrality of the abyss, comforted by social norms, and set free from the burden of individuality***
***I think Jiddu Krishnamurti got it right when he said; ‘It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’. Well, I wasn’t ‘well adjusted’ to my society. I wasn’t ‘well adjusted’ at all. But my society was ‘profoundly sick’***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, an unshaven layabout, and a good for nothing hobo. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. And then he escaped!
With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.
Then, in January 2013, he went to McLeod Ganj in India; a village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote ‘Involution & Evolution’; a book about love in a era of hatred, truth in a era of lies, and peace in a era of war.
With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. So he travelled around Palestine and Kurdistan before returning to McLeod Ganj, where he wrote his second novel, ‘Occupied’; a dystopian ‘masterpiece’ unlike any other story you’ve ever read.
A big thanks to BookTasters and Joss for this opportunity!