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REVIEW | The Man Who Never Was – an unusual but gripping story that raises questions

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"For some it will be easy to accept that there is life after death, that David continues as a "human" entity, that he has an angel who is his guide and friend, that he is in fact in heaven." (Photo: Getty Images)
"For some it will be easy to accept that there is life after death, that David continues as a "human" entity, that he has an angel who is his guide and friend, that he is in fact in heaven." (Photo: Getty Images)

BOOK: The Man Who Never Was by Douglas Kruger (Umuzi Trailblazer).

This debut novel is certainly unusual. Only Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow comes close in subjecting the reader to such a weird experience of time. And perhaps also the short story by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Strange Case of Benjamin Button. In both of these time runs backward, but in Kruger’s book he hopes to undo time completely. Not only that – it’s also a strange mixture of profound and devout moments, with truly bottom-of-the-pit human behaviour, and some cringeworthy sentimentality. 

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