“ARCHIPELAGO, a literary fiction of four characters’ discrete lives one random day in one random town.
The reader is chaperoned through the animated reality of this town. A town which “not in all historie, any memorable thing concerning it” occurred and, through performances of the characters, is invited to consider his own communal actions.
The novel commences with inquisitive poet Philomena Isabela Cordova passing her second novel to newly found friend Parveen Pattni, a young Hindu lesbian and burgeoning fine artist. Parveen begins to read Philomena’s book at the same time as Stephen Rei, disillusioned and hedonistic literary agent of some fifty years, is reading another one of Philomena’s “scribblings”. Philomena is lustily pursued by her step-sister’s husband and, as per the classical myth, Stephen and Parveen read of her assault, her retribution and more.
For ARCHIPELAGO is a very queer affair, unbearably queer perhaps”
Mr. Neale has easily demonstrated his mastery of the English language. Each character has a point of view and all are expressed, so let the mingling commence.
I rate -Archipelago- A Problem 4.9 of 5 stars!