- ASIN : B0B75M9TGQ
- Publisher : BookBaby; 1st edition (October 5, 2022)
- Publication date : October 5, 2022
- Language : English
- Print length : 201 pages
- Genre : Literary Fiction and Philosophy
The BookViral Review:
With far too much literary fiction seeming to come from the recycling bin these days, Café de Sophia is cut from new cloth and wholly original with an enticingly absorbing narrative.
It’s a novel that rightly deserves your full attention with Alsadah achieving pitch-perfect balance between narrative and style. A read that is refreshingly devoid of archetypical characters whilst creating intricate shifts in perspective which are sure to engender much consideration.
One of the criticisms often levelled at philosophical reads is that it’s hard to lose oneself in the complexity of such works, but Alsadah turns brevity to his advantage and the satisfaction of his readers.
Delivering sharp, intelligent and above all intriguing philosophical musings, Café de Sophia is one of those rare gems of literary fiction that will linger in your memory for days and weeks to come. With taut prose and an eclectic imagination, he’s mastered the art of expanding upon a given moment, holding his characters and events up to scrutiny and then moving on.
Unfettered by genre conventions, Alsadah interweaves philosophical meditations on knowledge, justice and equality, perfection, love and logic in a way that is both cutting and clever. There’s no wanton wittering, each chapter punching above its word count and eminently readable. Encroaching on headspace and beggaring reflection whilst being a testament to the passion with which Alsadah writes.
Alsadah’s characters are well-developed and cleverly nuanced and yet it’s their essence rather than presence that draws us to them. Despite the deliberately veiled direction of Alsadah’s narrative, this creates a sense of mystery and a powerful emotional centre as Nate finds himself deeply drawn into the heart of fundamental questions about how we perceive the world about us, the nature of knowledge and what it means to know truly know ourselves.
An extraordinary addition to the genre and a powerful introduction to the mind of M.A. Alsadah, Café de Sophia is recommended without reservation.