Author: Evan Maloney
Publisher: Quartet Books
Publish Date: February 2010
ISBN: 978 0 0743 71644
Length: 240 pgs
Reviewer: Sassy Brit
Tofu Landing revolves around Declan Twist and ‘The Posse’, a group of young (some rather privileged), fame hungry artistic types, with an ex-model drug-dealer and a famous, Jaggeresque indie band singer Tristan Russell, thrown in for good measure.
Declan, a new, slightly more mature and sensible member moves into the trendy London apartment hoping to distance himself from his past while searching for a meaning to it all. At one point he thinks he’s found the answer with another member of the Posse, but does it work out? Can love truly conquer all?
The story, mostly seen through Declan’s eyes, recounts the blur of sex, drugs, desperation for fame and sometimes funny and sometimes tragic events as their lives unfold in ways they’d never dreamed of before.
I found Tofu Landing an entertaining read with a nice, clear writing style full of thought provoking moments. The fact that it is based around the early part of this decade and the sometimes comical London art scene gave it a very modern edge. It has plenty of depth and explores the desperation some young people feel for the need to ‘feel good’ and the lengths they will go to, to achieve it.
In addition at the back of the book is an interesting index of related paintings discussed or mentioned within the book, which I found a nice touch as the author, Evan Maloney, used to be an art critic and seems to have a wide knowledge of the modern art world.
Evan Maloney shows us that what we think we are looking for isn't always what we actually need and sometimes it takes a while to find that out.
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