|| Book Review || The Invisible Tightrope by Robert Haywood ||
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 2021
Intoxicated by the joys of learning and wrestling with complex ideas, he believes he will progress to a career in academic research.
Persuaded by a female student on his course to undertake some charitable work in Ghana during the summer holiday to help build a school, the experience of living in a rural community and interacting with its people challenges his values and beliefs, disrupts his sense of self and turns the course of his life in a completely different direction.
Thank you so much to Kaleidoscopic Book Tours for organising the tour and the author and publisher for providing a gifted copy of the book for me to read and review.
When I read the blurb for this book I thought it sounded amazing! It is described as a story about a privileged young man who gets the opportunity to travel to Ghana to help build a school and how the experience changed his life.
I absolutely love books like this as it often opens your eyes to other ways of life, culture and religion and I find that quite fascinating.
I was quickly disappointed that this book really doesn’t live up to what it sets out to do in the blurb.
Instead it feels like the story of a young man’s various romances and love interests and his journey to finding “the one” which is all well and good but that isn’t really what I wanted to get out of this book.
The section where Christian actually stays in Ghana is only a small portion of the book and there is very little said about the school they are building at all. A lot more of the book is spent with Christen and his family or various girlfriends on expensive holidays in Italy and quite honestly I just failed to get the point.
Christian is very intelligent and comes from a very well to do, upper class family and so there are many conversations in the book that are interesting and intriguing all relating to philosophy and religious belief etc but the writing style and the dialogue were for me, just terrible.
I am not upper class at all so I have no idea how these people actually speak to their friends and family but I just felt like the dialogue was unnatural and almost like the book was trying too hard if that makes sense. I must admit that I literally only skim read the last 30% of the book because I was just that bored and irritated with it.
I think it had a tonne of potential but sadly it ended up not being my cup of tea.