Well what to say. The writing is good The characters varied and all interesting. The Monster itself is hard to judge without giving to much away. Ultimately I came away thinking that The whole country was a total mess. Do yourself a favour and give this book a go it does deserve respect.
The book’s premise is fantastic. The author has created a grim, surreal update of Shelley’s monster tale. This creature is “born” in Baghdad in 2005 from the parts of various bodies blown up in the city’s dangerous and traumatic streets. The point is not subtle...people and families are torn apart...the creature is a shocking metaphor for putting things back together and how that intervention can go wrong.
The characters are extremely good. We meet Hadi the junk dealer, Elishva an elderly Christian woman, Mahmoud the reporter, and Abu Anmar, a suffering hotel owner. Another monster character is the U.S. military, that contributes liberal doses of indiscriminate violence.
This is only partly a war story and horror novel. It is a broad commentary on journalism, fear, corruption, religion, greed, celebrity, and much more. In effect, it is an intriguing and compelling Frankenstein of a book.