Wow, this book was really something to read! At first I wasn't too sure about it but the longer I read it, the more interested I became and somewhere along the way, it broke my heart and I really did not like the ending too much but it was a great book to read about laws and religions and such in faraway places that I know I will never travel to.
The ending surprised me because of the secret that was finally revealed and instead of embracing it and realizing that the love of your life is out of reach, the impossible happened and the person decided to do something totally unexpected and sorta against the law, I would think. But who knows what they believed in this faraway land in the late nineteenth century?
Here is what another author says of this book:
Set in the late nineteenth century, ancestor-worshipping Annam (later to become Viet Nam), Flesh tells the remarkable story of one boy's quest to reunite his bandit father's skull with this bones and bury them together in a "lucky hole". The horrifying opening scene is so realistic, it made me feel I was in the crowd, watching.I can tell you that the author did not sugar coat this story one bit! It gave chilling accounts of things that happened back in those times and this poor boy who set out to recover his father's skull so that it could be reunited with the body. He ends up travelling to Hanoi and getting mixed up with a man who will later change his life forever.
The story continues with a fascinating journey laced with authentic details of a time and place that used to be, a world of geomancers, spirit dancers, river pirates and opium addicts, of simmering resentment toward converted Catholics, ancient cures like the dead eel rotting in a smallpox victim's bed, a world where magical burial holes bring fortunes to the dead one's children.
He has alot of adventures, some good, some bad and some really bad. He meets a girl and it takes him a while to get her to like him and trust him. There are alot of opium addicts in this town and alot of people that will turn on you in a flat second. Things are not what they really seem and it is hard to explain this book to you. It is so unlike anything I have ever read. It truly is a book that must be experienced by for yourself in order for it to make any sense. When you do read it, I hope that you will come back and let me know what you thought of the book. It blew my mind towards the end and I would love to know what you think!