Book Review : Angel By Sebastian Michael


About the Author : Sebastian was born in Manchester, UK, into a Swiss family and grew up in Basel, Switzerland, where his first two plays were staged while he was still at school and university.

Since moving to London at the age of 21, he has written several stage plays, among them The Power of Love, Love Hurts and Time After Time, which together now form the Love Trilogy and each of which individually reached the shortlist, long list and final ten respectively of Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award in separate years. His play Top Story was presented as a rehearsed reading at the ICA in May 2008 as part of the Accidental Festival and then became the last professional production at London’s legendary underground venue, The Old Vic Tunnels, before it closed in 2013. In 2014, he wrote and also performed in The Sonneteer – a play on power, passion and possession, about William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and The Fair Youth, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Earlier plays of Sebastian’s were seen on the London and Edinburgh fringe and include QED, Sisters and All the World. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Monster sound which made it into the final round of the Musical of the Year Competition in Copenhagen and the book for Icon, which, after a rehearsed reading and a Fringe production in London, was invited to the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2016.

About the Book : Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This is his greatest advantage in life which gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people – but not for him – has come to define his essence. A classic tale of a young man in search of his destiny.

My Say : There are some people who create a special feeling when they enter a room, walk down the street or are viewed from a glance. Their presence captivates others to the point of the exclusion of others. Sometimes the feeling is so strong that others block out the images around them and focus on this one person. Imagine being in this person’s presence. Imagine being this person. Damion was more than just beautiful he had an aura around him that caused people to stop and stare, visualise themselves in his presence and just hope for a hidden nod, glance or smile to let them know he saw or recognised them. Would you want to be someone that everyone falls in love with at first sight? Would this be a blessing to you or a great burden?

I couldn’t put this book down once I picked it up. I thought Damion was an interesting and fun character who was fairly easy to relate to despite facing issues that very few people would ever face. He makes a pretty bold decision and the entire book wraps around this idea of what it takes to have people respect us for who we are. I thought that situations were humorous but also fairly intuitive about the issues people face. It was a fun read for sure. For the right audience who is interested in stories about adonis and people who are too beautiful for their own good, this is the perfect story to check out. It is clean, well-written and full of funny moments.

Sebastian Michael has a very well written tale here. The book does contain suicide, death, unpleasant happenings and sexual content. Damion struggles to find the balance between people loving him for his beauty or for who he is exactly. I found this very welcoming. A society that adores an angel and despises anything is what this story is about. Damion has to find his way and his decision to save someone’s life changes everything for him. To be loved for whom you are within is very hard.

The story was really good but the writing style had it running a bit dry at time. The beginning was very slow; it took me awhile to get through. As I stated before, the story is great. It points out that beauty is not always a blessing. The last half of the book moved very quickly. There were many exciting events that made reading it seem like a breeze. Reading the rest of the book was so worth it just to see how it ended up. It really doesn’t disappoint if you could just ignore few errors.

I would like to give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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This is Sonali Agarwal.. signing off. I shall catch you up with my next post soon..

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