Distortion by Gautam Malkani
Source: Random Things Tours
About The Book
Meet Dillon, a high-functioning fuck-up who has been keeping some very big secrets from his girlfriend Ramona.
Also, meet Dhilan, a young carer caught in an endless loop of pre-bereavement bereavement for his dying mother.
And then there’s Dylan. The less said about him the better…
These three identities of the same young man have been growing dangerously more hardcore and hardwired, both online and off, thanks to the self-reinforcing effects of social media and search engines, and the uncanny predictive capabilities of his smartphones.
When two creepy old dudes threaten to expose Dillon/Dhilan/Dylan, he is forced to unravel a gut-wrenching mystery that he would rather leave well alone.
Set in a strange greyscape between the digital world and the messy realm of the body, Distortion asks timely questions about what happens when our online data and search histories are crunched up and fed back to us – when they don't just filter our view of the world, but also our view of ourselves. How can we navigate the tension between emotional truth and factual accuracy? What can we do to neutralise our own toxicity? And what happens in the world of flesh and blood when the roles of parent and child become tragically reversed?
Distortion is not a simple story, is a tangled web of personalities than in some moments collide making the life of our main character more easy to comprehend and embrace.
Because Dillon, Dhilan and Dylan are not only a student, a carer or an entrepreneur; they are the three personalities of our main character, his alter egos that will try to explain why his life is so complicated and need "some help" to confront his problems.
So when two men try to expose Dillon/Dhilan/Dylan to the world, they will have to face the truth about themselves and the secret they've been hiding.
I have to admit this book had been a total surprise, reading about a character with multiple personalities; with different friends and totally different online schemes was something surprising and out of my typical reads, but original and very well written.
I really liked how this book made me think about the real world and the online world, how even if we never think about it, there's two versions of each other, the real one and the one we have online, which one is the truth and which is our alter ego?
Be prepared for a little bit of political thoughts too, because in the world we are living, not talking/thinking about Trump or the Brexit would mean we are totally disconnected from reality! I will not say what I really think of both of them, but I liked that some author like to transmit their thoughts with their books, not everyone is brave enough to do it!
This is a complex book, not for weak hearts but for the ones brave enough to read something different and admit they like it!
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About The Author
Gautam Malkani’s first novel Londonstani was published in 2006. He lives in London and is available for interview, features and events.