Review: Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was, by Sjón

I read this book during the same week that I saw a theatrical adaptation of Albert Camus’ novel, The Plague. Both works are concerned with epidemics, but there the similarity ends. While the Camus novel shows an epidemic of bubonic plague destroying a north African town, its focus is on the adults who are grappling with the disease. Moonstone is the story of a boy, and a rather unusual boy at that, who experiences the impact of Spanish flu in 1918 in Iceland. It is an extraordinary story, and he is an extraordinary boy, and the less I tell you about what happens, the more you may enjoy the book. This is powerful stuff, a story about tragedy and death, but also growth and hope. Highly recommended.