The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida: Winner for the 2022 Booker Prize by Shehan Karunatilaka – Our Review


Our Review…

Winner of The Booker Prize 2022, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is an unpredictable story full of humour, mythology, disturbing truths, mystery, and mayhem.

In the war-ravaged streets of Colombo 1990, Maali Almeida; photographer, gambler, and risk taker, finds himself in the overcrowded, despair choked waiting room of the afterlife. With no memory of his death, Maali is confronted by a Colombo overflowing with ghosts, ghouls and unfathomable creatures. Maali has seven moons to uncover how and why his life was abruptly cut short. Simultaneously Maali desperately attempts to lead his friends to his concealed collection of photos that expose the brutality and corruption of the Sri Lankan Civil War, while avoiding a ghost fuelled tug of war to seek revenge or find peace. The story is also a reflection and exploration of the relationships between Maali and his friends and acquaintances during his life.

For readers who can keep an open mind and are up for a tempestuous journey, this story is a disturbing preview into the horrors of civil war, full of profound insights, magical realism, a murder mystery and a delve into the notions of life and death.

Review by Jess @ Great Escape Books