Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ian the goldfish lives in a bowl on the 27th floor of the Seville on Roxy. He shares his bowl with Troy the snail, a constant but not very exciting companion. One afternoon, Ian is given the chance to leap for freedom and as he plummets down the 27 floors, the life of the building unfolds before his eye.

I have to say straightaway that I loved this book. It was a little bit slow to start, particularly the opening chapter which sets the tone of the writing and is slightly confusing because you aren’t really used to the writing style, but after that, I found it absolutely brilliant.

The Seville is a block of flats and Ian’s plummet allows the author to introduce and return to the stories of some of the inhabitants. The titles of the chapters allude to what is going to happen and I really recommend reading those too as they are equally clever. The way that the stories overlap and interweave and go back and forth from each other is completely absorbing and I felt as though I was inside the mind of every one of them. It reminded me quite a lot of the Armistead Maupin “Tales of the City” but updated and taken beyond even those brilliant stories.

All in all, this is a brilliant book which will engage you, make you laugh and cry and want to turn the last few pages really slowly so that it doesn’t end. Highly original and definitely highly recommended.

View all my reviews

More reviews here: