The Presence of Absence by Simon Van Booy

The Presence of Absence

Simon Van Booy

184 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

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As a young writer lies dying, he has one last story to tell. A tale of devotion and a meditation on what might lie beyond death, this is Simon Van Booy at his visionary best.Max Little is bedridden in a New York hospital. “Language is a map,” he r...

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Community Reviews Summary of 45 reviews

Moods

reflective 80%
sad 80%
emotional 71%
hopeful 33%
challenging 28%
dark 28%
inspiring 28%
funny 14%
tense 14%
adventurous 9%
lighthearted 4%
relaxing 4%

Pace

fast 47%
medium 36%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 70% | A mix: 17% | N/A: 5% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 42% | Yes: 42% | N/A: 7% | No: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 7% | N/A: 7% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

N/A: 33% | No: 26% | Yes: 26% | It's complicated: 13%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 42% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 21%

Average rating

4.33

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