I Of The Sun Review

I of the Sun

Richard Arthur captures the true spark of adventure in his work ‘I of the Sun: A Journey into South-East Asia’. His action packed adventures are littered with colourful descriptions and intriguing stories that keep the reader hanging on the edge of their seat. The novel is On The Road meets Into The Wild; Arthur’s philosophical wonderings are dotted throughout tales of personal growth and antics with new and old friends.

I of the Sun starts off with a somewhat timid and ignorant young boy who has decided to travel through Asia. No phone, no friends, no plans. The man throws caution to the wind and finds out a lot about himself, and about other cultures. Tales of drunken, or drug-fuelled, nights are halted by occasional pages of philosophical and scientific ponderings. Thrown in joltingly, these thoughts do not flow with the rest of the book. Results in a stilting read; flowing, fun stories intermittently mixed with words that seem out of character, and out of place.

However, the real saviour of this book is its protagonist. He is relatable, fun, and the reader cheers alongside him as he finds his place in South East Asia. Whether or not you take in the philosophical questions Arthur asks, you find yourself laughing out loud at the sheer lunacy of a backpacker.

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