Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Monk of Lantau

The Monk of Lantau by Mann Matharu

I was delighted to receive a copy of this novel and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I loved the scenery and colours on the cover and the story intrigued me.

More about The Monk of Lantau

The search for a meaningful existence is as universal as it is elusive. When obstacles to happiness and personal goals seem to riddle our horizons, where do we turn for answers?

Meet Matthew, an average Londoner, a family man and a husband, intent on the all-too-normal pursuit of making a better life for himself and his family. When an accident threatens to become the proverbial straw that breaks his back in his pursuit of happiness and personal attainment, Matthew finds himself at a crossroad in his life.

In the way the Universe has of placing the right people in our lives at just the right time, Matthew happens upon a tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing powers, someone Matthew can seek who can restore balance and harmony to his life and heal his daughter who is fighting for her own. As he traipses through Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia in search of the healer, nothing about the beautiful, trying, and challenging outward journey compares to the progress he makes as he travels into the depths of his own being.

Through Matthew’s journey, we are given the keys to finding the healer for ourselves. Most importantly, readers are invited to harness the beauty and prosperity that comes when we seek ways to recognize that we are all connected to each other and we are all marvellous and powerful creators of our own unique, stunning life story.

My review

I adored this book. It’s beautiful prose kept me enthralled until the very end. Matthew’s journey was inspiring and really made you think deeply about yourself. This book really put me in a good frame of mind about life and how everything fits together. The descriptions are vivid and stick in your mind long after you have finished. As the book is about different people on their life’s journey you get to see things from a variety of perspectives, which is interesting and thought provoking.

My brain is always over thinking and rushing around, especially with the age of mobiles and social media. It is great to reflect on staying away from this and being calm and peaceful, something I rarely find in my life. Possibly that is why this took so long to review, I felt deep resonance with the novels words. Fantastic characterisation and the relationships between them. The journey that the characters were on made me stop and think about life more closely. Very awe inspiring, vivid and rich in description. Great novel from a new author to me. I will be looking out for this author again.

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