Book Review: Torn: the Story of an Undeserving Wallaby Drowning in a Septic Tank, by Simon Williams

I’m not officially reviewing this book because I was unable to finish it, but I would like to talk about it.

I received a paperback copy from the author in exchange for a review, but overall, the book didn’t appeal to me.  First, the teensy print was difficult to follow — my eyes got tired very easily.  Simon’s story of his move from Australia to Canada to the U.S., his marriage to a Brazilian woman, and her absconding with his money and his toddler, is compelling.  But the writing style is a string of comic one-liners that couldn’t keep my interest.  I picture Simon as someone with Attention Deficit Disorder who drank ten cups of coffee in rapid succession, someone who stays permanently wired.

If you find the strange title compelling, it’s explained in Chapter 2.

Hopefully, writing this book rid the man of some of his demons, and if any profits go to trying to reconnect with his son, then it was worth the effort to write it.  I certainly wish Simon Williams all the best.

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