The Backstreets of Purgatory by Helen Taylor
Source: Random Things Tours
About The Book
Finn Garvie’s life is one spectacular mess. He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement.
To top it all, Finn is worried that some stinking bastard is hanging around, spying on him, laughing at his cock-ups and eating his leftover curry. Fortunately, he has plenty of techniques to distract him – tackling the church hall renovations with the help of his alcoholic neighbour; pining after Kassia, the splendidly stroppy au-pair; and re-reading that book on Caravaggio, his all-time hero.
Things take a turn for the strange when he finally encounters the person who’s been bugging him, and it seems to be none other than Caravaggio himself…
This is a story about coincidences and existence, while Finn Garvie has the crisis of his life he will cross paths with some very different characters that will make him understand better the "meaning" of life, or if you prefer the purpose of the existence...
This had been a different read from the ones I am used to, Finn is not a very likeable character, more like a child in a man's body and a little depressive... but when he starts sensing a follower everything changes, the story will start growing in a different way, humour will be present in all the book while we will learn about art, paintings and of course, Finn's hero; Caravaggio.
The story is like a puzzle full of pieces where each one is a character and you need all of them to make the story complete, let me say that some of them are more likeable than others, but all are special in their own way.
Do not expect a happy book, the title announces a grey book with pessimist and darkness, but it will be an original read that for sure will surprise you.
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About The Author
The Backstreets of Purgatory is her first book.