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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Memories of Eskar Wilde is a work of fiction in the coming of age, social issues, and literary fiction subgenres. It is intended for the young adult reading audience and was penned by author E.H. Wilde. In keeping with the theme of memoir-style writing, the author tells his own life story of growing up in idealized affluence, until an inciting incident leads him to travel to Paris and beyond. As Eskar learns more about his own capabilities in a mysterious new land, he meets new friends and foes, and we are treated to a beautifully penned portrait of France and its many delights.
The greatest triumph for me about reading this particular novel is in the style of its writing, with a narrator-author character who is firmly in charge of how the story is told. The craftsmanship and wordplay in this help you to buy into the realism of Eskar and his many exploits, and the unique cultural shifts that he experiences in being dragged to the other side of the world. I find him both irritating and endearing, yet neither of these things was a flaw, but a draw to urge me into wanting to know more about him, to see him grow, learn, change and succeed as life leads him on a very winding and intriguing path indeed. As such, the plot threads are well-woven and the conclusion is far from typical, but totally satisfying. Overall, The Memories of Eskar Wilde is a sophisticated YA novel with plenty to offer to all who give it a try.