City of Strangers by Ian Mackenzie is a story about Paul, managing his withering father, recuperating from a divorce, attempting to reconnect with his estranged sibling, and afterward things blowback when he tries to be a hero and winds up a casualty. I needn’t bother with a happy ending without fail; however, a story needs to have a promise of something better or something positive. Paul is more awful off toward the end of this book, and it would seem that things will proceed with downhill from that point.
Plot: City of Strangers is the first novel of Mackenzie, a Boston local and previous school teacher. The novel starts with a peaceful portrayal of an early Sunday morning in the city of New York. Paul Metzger touches base at the home of his relative, Ben, to inquire as to whether he will go to the clinic to visit their dad, who is on his death bed. The siblings are not close; Ben despises his dad, whom he accepts has a sick mind and a wicked heart.
Straight to the point Metzger, their dad, was a notorious Nazi sympathizer amid the war. At sixty, he has to go under examination for insider trading; he considers the dismissal of his dad to be an ethical renunciation. Not able to force his sibling to go to the doctor’s facility, Paul swings to his ex for solace and friendship.
Mackenzie would have us trust that cruelty is a part of each manly life. Paul, who has never battled, summons the courage to defend, “something surges through Paul like electricity: the key feels hot in his hand, tight between the knuckles. Talk is useless, he throws a punch…” With guys who show physicality and females who encapsulate moral judgment, the story would profit by much more profound character improvement. Paul is a not too bad individual who drinks excessively much and comes up short at marriage, however we never truly comprehend what persuades him. Like the distanced hero of Camus’ The Stranger, Paul is mentally confined from his general surroundings. He doesn’t have a genuine association with either Ben or Claire.
About the Author: Ian Mackenzie was born in the Eastern Cape territory of South Africa and experienced childhood in Johannesburg. He was educated at Queens College, Queenstown and at Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg. He served with the Rhodesian military amid the shrub war where he met his better half Rosemarie Kennedy. He has two children in their 30’s and lives with his better half in Johannesburg. Mists in the Wind is his first novel.
Verdict: I enjoyed the idea of this book – a fascinating character and relationship concentrate, all of which are convoluted by the dishonourable past of a man who is on his death bed. In any case, the book didn’t go in that direction. What’s more, this was yet another book, where the writing was exceptionally vainglorious. There were some great turns of phrases in here, however by and large, I had an inclination that I lost the story when the creator was attempting to be excessively descriptive. I would let this book pass as it didn’t appeal much to me.