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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Fat Dreams by Idris Ostrovsky is a novel about an aging man’s journey towards self-discovery and self-love. I thought the theme and the atmosphere of the story would be very grim and dark, but it was actually very positive. Although the pace of the novel is slow, it doesn’t deter the reader. The pace is almost soothing in a way that lulled me into reading on. Instead of feeling bored or sleepy, I actually became more invested in the protagonist’s journey, his growth and the way he was simply evolving. The narrative takes you on a journey that you wish would never end, especially when the protagonist has reached a point where he is accepting and digesting and just moving forward. The imagery is so descriptive, the sentences are very crisp and the story itself is very entertaining.
This is the story of Professor Leopold Traum, a brilliant professor who goes on a journey of a lifetime to discover himself. He started the journey to Ythvk, the most mysterious of the desert tribes, in the name of scientific exploration and knowledge. However, he soon realizes that this is more than just gaining more knowledge. He has to fight for his survival, look for ways to secure himself, feed himself, and find out what he is really made of. He has to fight his own darkness and has to face a side of life that he never anticipated. He left the comfort of his home to find some mysterious tribes, but in the end, he actually found himself.